Vargas Blues Band

Vargas Blues Band

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The huge diversity of Javier´s musical influences ( Blues, Rock, Soul, Flamenco, Latin...) and the power of his tunes fullfill, all the requirements to charm every musical taste.

Biography

60´s

Javier Vargas was born in Madrid. When he was nine years old, he and his family moved to Argentina, where his parents had lived during the Spanish Civil War. He took guitar lessons, and he also used to go clubs to listen to groups playing blues live.The first guitar Vargas had, present from his father, it was a Spanish guitar with naylon strings. When he got his first electrical guitar Javier had only 12 years.

Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Cream, Rolling Stones, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix etc. became famous and influenced by all this new and amazing music, Vargas decided to play guitar professionally. He was also inspired by the American Blues of B.B.King, Albert King, Freddy King, Albert Collins...

70´s

When his family moved to Venezuela in the 70´s, Javier took his guitar and went to the U.S.A. to improve his knowledge of guitar by attending University.
He lived in Nashville, Tennessee and in Los Angeles, where he played at clubs and also worked as a session guitar player. Every night he used to jam with American and English musicians. At these jams he met Alvin Lee, Roy Buchanan, Canned Heat and many others from whom he learnt a lot.

80´s

IIn the 80´s Vargas went back to Spain, where he played the guitar with successful Spanish musicians such as Miguel Rios and bands such as “La Orquesta Mondragón”. Also collaborated as a session guitar player and composer with many musicians and bands.

During the whole decade, Javier spent seasons in London - playing in clubs-, Paris - working as musician of session - and New York-playing clubs of Jazz and Blues with his colleague the guitarist Ray Gómez.
After playing with several bands (RH +, Entrega Inmediata, Blues Express ...) at the end of the decade, Javier starts outlining his own project

90´s

In 1991 Vargas went his own way, and formed the Vargas Blues Band.

All Around Blues, edited in 1991, was their first album. Collaborators included Elena Figueroa and Philip Guttman. The second LP, Madrid-Memphis, was edited in 1992 and included collaborations from blues musicians such as Carey Bell and Louisiana Red, the flamenco guitarist Rafael Riqueni, and singers Philip Guttman and Jeff Espinoza. Both albums enjoyed continued enthusiastic support from the Spanish music scene and reached the highest sales figure of any blues album to date in Spain.

Blues Latino, was released in Spain in 1994. The extra instrumental support came courtesy of international artists: Chris Rea, Junior Wells, Flaco Jimenez and Andres Calamaro. Carlos Santana's album "Santana Brothers" was released worldwide, including the song "Blues Latino" written by Javier Vargas. Santana played this song live at Woodstock 94. In October of that year, the band toured for the first time in Buenos Aires (Argentina) with great success and public acclaim.

Their fourth album Texas Tango, was produced by Jim Gaines in Austin, Texas and Memphis, Tenessee (USA). This album was released in various countries at the end of 1995, and includes collaborations with Double Trouble, (Steve Ray Vaughan Band) Larry T. Thurston and Preston Shannon, among others.

In July 1996 Carlos Santana invited Vargas to play two songs with him at Santana's concert held at the Zenith, in Paris. The passion and feeling
expressed by the guitar duo had the whole crowd on their feet. In 1998, Santana invited Vargas and this time with his Cuban singer David Montes, to play again at his concerts in Madrid and Paris (Bercy). This experience was repeated in Spain, when Vargas played as a guest of Carlos Santana on his opening tour of "Supernatural" in 2000.

In 1997 Vargas' fifth album Gypsy Boogie was released. The album was recorded in Madrid and Memphis, mixed in Florida and mastered in New York. Flamenco artists such as Raimundo Amador, Carles Benavent, La Chonchi and Cuban singer David Montes participated in the Madrid recording. At the Memphis sessions, blues-soul-rock artists such as Chester Thomson, Loonie Brooks, Larry McCray, Little Jimmy King, David Allen and Larry Graham all collaborated on the recording that once again was produced by Jim Gaines. Bassist Larry Graham introduced Javier to Prince and on the "Jam of the Year" tour in Spain, Prince invited Vargas to Jam with him on stage in concert.
The sixth album, Feedback/ Bluestrology (1998) was recorded at Hook End studios in Checkendom (England) and co-produced by Ian Taylor (Gary Moore, Cheap Trick etc.producer). This album includes collaborators from the Memphis sessions: Steve Potts, Dave Smith and Ernest Williamson and the singers Bobby Alexander and David Montes. Bluestrology was re-released as a solo album in January 2000 The Vargas Blues Band's first USA live appearance took place in November 1999. There were two nights to remember at Buddy Guy's Legends Club in Chicago. The special guest artists were Larry McCray, Sugar Blue and flamenco singer Elena Andujar. A mobile recording unit under Ian Iaylor's supervision recorded the

Discography

1991- All Around Blues
1992- Madrid-Memphis
1994- Blues Latino
1995- Texas Tango
1997- Gipsy Bogie
1998- Feedback
1999- Madrid- Chicago Live
2000- Bluestrology
2001- The best of...
2002 - Last Night
2002- Espíritu Celeste
2003- Chill Latin Blues
2003- Spanish fly DVD
2004- El Alma
2005 - Love, Union & Peace
2007- Lost & Found
2008 - Flamenco Blues Experience