A.C. Myles

A.C. Myles

 Fresno, California, USA
BandBluesRock

A.C. Myles is proving to be one of the more prolific guitarist/vocalist/ songwriters coming into there own in the early new century.

Biography

A.C. Myles, guitarist, singer and songwriter, is reminiscent of greats in the taste of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rory Gallagher and Eric Clapton. He sings Soul numbers that melt by Joe Tex, Bobby Bland, Ike Turner and Johnnie Taylor. The mix transcends vastly. He is one of those performers, that once seen on stage, you'll never forget. As an entertainer, A.C. Myles is an interesting observation. Vividly entertaining in person, often times appearing as if the world could be falling down around him as he play, himself far to entranced in his musical prayer to notice it was happening. All the while his veracious smile rarely leaving, only to disappear in the occasional facial cast of throe. His dedication to progress, perform and nurture the American music forms introduced to him in his youth is uncanny, only exceeded by his undeniable human talent, along with an overall sincerity that's very conjoining.

Born in California, the only son of a Memphis born guitar playing Father, and German immigrant Mother, whom were both production workers, Adam Crawford Myles grew up in the migrant worker rurals of the Central California town in which he was raised. A.C. was first influenced by his guitar playing Father, learning the basics from watching him and playing along to C.D.'s, the two often having living room jam sessions with friends. By the time he reached his early teens in high school, he had formed a trio with gentleman nearly the age of his parents, and begun playing guitar and singing classic rock n' roll songs and blues covers for biker gangs and bars crowds. "I started playing guitar and singing in the bars when I was young. Real young."

He played, like many young musicians, in the school music programs. Although without any formal music training, Myles was accepted into the high school jazz band. He eventually taught himself the basics of reading music and won several awards for 'Outstanding Musicianship', most notably an IAJE award at the Reno Jazz Festival, because of his formidable guitar solos. "The judges knew I was faking the reading", he laughs aloud. "It didn't matter though, we had a hell of a rhythm section, and most of them couldn't read so great either."

By the time A.C. was out of school he was jamming with musicians twice his age all over the state, keeping his trio busy, and had begun to write and record his own music. By 2002 A.C. Myles, now 21 years old, was becoming a journeyman musician. With two self-written, self produced C.D. releases, radio and press outside of his hometown and many club and festival appearances under his belt. He also began to garner some stage time with seasoned old guard. In 2004, he played the 25th and final Blues Estafette in Europe with sax legend Joe Houston, and in 2005, He did a string of gigs with west coast guitarist Craig Horton. 2005 also showed him backing up blues/soul pioneers The Carter Bros. At the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans, along with two appearances at the 11th Lucerne Blues festival in Lucerne, Switzerland. In August/September 2005, he embarked with an outfit country/rock group on a three-week tour of the Middle East region. Performing for U.S. and Coalition troops in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, U.A.E. and Africa.

2006 saw the release of his junior effort, 'Up To The Neck With The Blues'. Garnering more press, radio airplay and sales than ever before, including a tour of Switzerland with Fillmore Slim & Craig Horton late in the year, inquiries in new regions and all along continuing tours of California fairs, festivals and casino stages. With a keen ear and an introspective lyricism, A.C. has become a skilled songwriter, continually pleasing his audiences and critics with his remarkable original material. His personal appearances have a 'take no prisoners' approach which; along with a healthy dose of humor, usually gets even the toughest audience on his side. With a performance schedule that might make lesser musicians opt to take up with a good book and a glass of wine, A.C. Myles has a strong work ethic and undiminished ambition. At every chance proclaiming his inalienable right to boogie and rock. "I just want to play for the people who love this type of music. They understand what we're about. If we do right by the people then I think we'll be around for awhile"

Discography

Roadworthy - 2000
Music 109 - 2003
Up to the Neck with the Blues - 2006
Central Valley Blues Festival 2005 DVD - 2006

Set List

A.C. Myles performs many blues and rock n roll covers as well as much of his own material depending on audience requests, venue, showcase, etc. Performance length ranges from 45 minutes up to two (2) 90- minute sets also depending upon venue. He tells jokes onstage, even taunting some houses with Don Rickles like heckling. Getting the audience on his side from the start, his repertoire of numerous songs can often captivate sit down audiences just as well as dancin’ and drinkin’ crowds. Whether it’s a television show theme song for a quick laugh, or a rock n roll number, A.C.’s performances cover many genres and eras of American music including classic rock, blues, southern rock and roots. He has also released four full-length albums of material.