This week, the All Axess ‘Amped’ artist of the week is Irish blues/rock guitar extraordinaire, Simon McBride. Make sure you check this guy out. You wont be disappointed.
At the age when most young guitarists are only dreaming of performing in front of large crowds, and receiving recognition from professionals in the industry, McBride was blowing away audiences and taking home awards. At the tender age of 15, McBride entered himself in Guitarist Magazine’s ‘Young Guitarist Of The Year’ competition, and after wowing the judges of the competition, which was staged at Wembley Conference Centre, he deservedly took home the first prize.
Winning the Young Guitarist award helped McBride to gain an endorsement by Paul Reed Smith, the maker of some of the world’s finest guitars. And it wasn’t long after that when McBride landed his first major gig, replacing former Dio and Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, in the renowned Irish metal band Sweet Savage. He was only sixteen. In his time with the band, Mcbride toured with, and recorded two albums, ‘96s ‘Killing Time’ and ‘98s ‘Rune.’ After parting ways with Sweet Savage in ‘98, McBride hit the road for six years, alongside vocalist Andrew Strong, who made his name in the 1991 cult film ‘The Commitments.’
Since his teenage years, McBride has come leaps and bounds with his guitar playing. No longer just a talented up and comer, he is shaping up to be one of the world’s elite guitarists. In recent times, he has landed support gigs with legendary guitarists Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa and Derek Trucks. He has also played alongside Santana, Buddy Guy, TM Stevens, Charlie Morgan, Zorro, Hugh Burns, Slash and Steve Lukather.
McBride has released two solo albums, ‘Rich Man Falling,’ which hit stores in 2008, and his latest offering ‘Since Then.’ Both albums were extremely well received. Classic Rock magazine enjoyed ‘Since Then’ so much that they wrote, “At last Irishmen in pubs will stop going on about Rory Gallagher!”
The future is looking bright for McBride. In 2012, he will be releasing two new albums the first, a compilation of live recordings; and the second, an all-new set of songs. He is definitely a guitarist to watch out for .
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