MUSIC - GG Amos - Vocals, Lead Guitar (Gibson SG Custom), Songwriter


Born and raised in Sacramento, California, GG is described as "A riveting blues, soul and funky jazz guitarist and vocalist with a distinctive, expressive style"  It has been noted that her main influences for her guitar style comes from such greats as Guitar Shorty, Carlos Santana, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Magic Sam and Kenny Burrell. GG's singing style has been influenced by many, but she attributes Louis Armstrong, more than any other singer, with influencing here musical expression, timing and phrasing.

GG is known for being both an outstanding performer and songwriter. To augment her talents, she surrounds herself with some of California's best musicians to produce a high energy musical experience for their audiences.

Over the years, GG has performed with such legends as John Lee Hooker, Guitar Shorty, Jimmy McCracklin, Lowell Fulson, Johnnie Heartsman, Karen Lawrence, Duffy Bishop, the great KokoTaylor, Sista Monica, Elvin Bishop and Tower of Power vocalist Lenny Williams to name a few.

DCB: Who was the first great Blues artist you met and performed with and is there something you might share that was memorable in a meeting with one or more of the Blues greats you've known over the years?
GG: I met and performed with Jimmy McCracklin and Lowell Fulson within 2 years of playing the music.. I think it was the late '80s. I was still kinda green, but they both were gracious and encouraging to me. In the mid '90s I met and backed up Guitar Shorty with whom I'm still great friends. He has been a real mentor to me. And just before he died, I had the chance to perform two big concerts with John Lee Hooker. He featured me on guitar only.. he really dug it. By then I had been seriously honing my blues lead playing for 16 years. I will never forget hearing Hook sing my name on the phone to me..just riffing in that way he had.. the way he would repeat the same word or phrase over and over. That was magical.

GG released her first album, "Gotts Ta Go" in 1997. In 2010, "West Coast" was released as a single. Both the album and single can be purchased online through CD Baby.

Look for GG and her band at festivals and clubs in and outside the San Francisco area.

ARTICLES: (excerpts)

"Electrifying blues, soul and funky jazz..."

" GG Amos is an electrifying blues, soul and funky jazz guitarist and singer with a distinctive, expressive style.Her guitar influences include Carlos Santana, Johnny 'Guitar' Watson, Magic Sam, Kenny Burrell and Pat Metheny. As a vocalist, her influences have been many but says she learned more about expression, timing and phrasing from the great Louis Armstrong than any other singer. GG's original songs are her main focus these days, along with an emphasis on soulful communication with audiences. She has also earned a reputation as a top notch entertainer." ~ Sacramento News & Review

"Known for "tearing up" roadhouses all over California."

GG Amos is a powerful guitarist and singer whose influences range from the like of Louis Armstrong, Carlos Santana and Johnny "Guitar" Watson, to Kenny Burrell and Pat Metheny. Her soulful, high-energy performances and guitar playing has earned her a reputation as a rising star in the blues scene. Over the years Amos has performed with such legends as John Lee Hooker, Jimmy McCracklin, Guitar Shorty, Elvin Bishop and Koko Taylor."  ~ Tahoe Daily Tribune


GG Amos - Mercy Mercy Mercy (2018)

GG Amos at The Saloon in San Francisco

GG Amos at IBC event 8/21/11, 2 songs