Stevie Salas (born November 17, 1964) is a Native American guitarist, author, television host, music director, record producer, film composer, and advisor of contemporary music at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
Stevie Salas with The IMF's
|Born||November 17, 1964|
Oceanside, California, United States
|Occupation(s)||Guitarist, Television, Film and Record Producer, Music Director, Author, Composer, Guitar Developer|
|Associated acts||Heavy Glow, Bernard Fowler, Koshi Inaba, Hardware, Colorcode, B'z, T.I, Mass Mental, Chevy Metal, Slapbak|
In 1993, he released Stevie Salas Presents: The Electric Pow Wow, a covers album of songs that inspired Salas as a youth featuring guest artists like Zakk Wylde, Glenn Hughes, T.M. Stevens, Richie Kotzen and Slim Jim Phantom. Then in 1994, Salas released Back from the Living in Japan, where his singles "Start Again" and "Tell Your Story Walkin" were released. During this time, he also appeared on the album Rats by then girlfriend Sass Jordan.
In 2001, Mick Jagger hired him as guitarist and music director for Jagger's "Goddess in the Doorway" Tour. Later that year Salas released Shapeshifter: The Fall and Rise of Stevie No Wonder.
In 2003, he released The Soulblasters of the Universe, and did his first European Colorcode tour since 1999.
From 2006 to 2010, Salas served as music director and consultant for American Idol and 19 Entertainment nurturing Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry, and their respective touring bands for subsequent American tours.
Salas began working as host and executive producer of the Canadian Music TV series Arbor Live for APTN. In mid-2009, Salas co-founded with the internet entrepreneur Laurence Dorazio the company Rockstar Solos, LLC which focuses on iPhone and iPad gaming and entertainment application development. The first application also called Rockstar Solos became available in the iTunes Store in December 2009. The company Rockstar Logic has thousands of downloads to date.
In 2009, Salas worked with T.I and Justin Timberlake on the song "Dead and Gone", the single eventually reaching #2 on the US Billboard Charts. Later that year, Salas received a Native American Lifetime Achievement Award at the Native American Music Awards. From 2010 to 2012, he served as the advisor to contemporary music at National Museum of the American Indian. He co-created both the Up Where We Belong-Natives In Popular Culture exhibit and The Living Earth Festival. In 2012 Salas created and is executive producer of Catch The Dream Bios with Adam Beach for APTN with shows airing 2014.
Salas is Executive Producer of 'RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World', a Native American music documentary for PBS and Super Channel. (2017 Sundance winner for Masterful Storytelling ). Executive Producer and Creator of Dreamcatcher Bios (currently in production). Produced by Rezolution Pictures Montreal Canada for APTN television. Co-Wrote and Produced the new project/band INABA/SALAS with Japanese superstar vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Koshi Inaba for the Japanese record label Vermillion Records. Chubby Groove album was released on January 18, 2017 and was the #2 album in the country that week, and remained in the top 10 for several weeks after. The album was supported by sold-out Chubby Groove Tour 2017 that played throughout Japan in January/February 2017. The record was certified Gold in Japan on October 4, 2017.
Salas' musical influences are derived mainly from late 60s and 70s rock and roll music, as well as funk. Artists who have influenced Salas as a musician include James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Mick Ronson, David Bowie, and Frank Black.
|1990||Stevie Salas Colorcode
|1993||Stevie Salas Presents: The Electric Pow Wow
Polystar Japan/EMI Aquarius Canada
|1994||Back from the Living
Polystar Japan/BMG. US/East West/Warners Europe
Indanee/Pony Canyon Japan
|1997||Alter Native Gold
Indanee/Pony Canyon Japan
|1998||The Sometimes Almost Never Was
|2002||Shapeshifter: The Fall and Rise of Stevie No Wonder
Surfdog/Sony U.S. Europe/Yamaha Japan
|2004||Stevie Salas Presents: The Soulblasters of the Universe
|2006||Be What It Is
Columbia Japan/ Arbor EMI Canada/Bellaphon Europe
|2008||Set It On Blast!!
|1991||Bootleg Like a Mug!!: Live in Japan
|1995||All That... And Born to Mack: Live in Japan
|1997||Le Bootleg: Live in Paris
USG/East West/Warners Europe
|1996||Anthology of Stevie Salas Colorcode: 1987–1994
Indanee/Pony Canyon Korea
|1998||Viva la Noise
USG/East West/Warners Europe
Indanee/Pony Canyon Japan
|2004||Stevie Salas Presents: The Soulblasters of the Universe –
Cosmic Flutie: A Mix Tape for the Underdog
|2006||The Essential Stevie Salas, Volume 1|
|2007||The Sun and the Earth: The Essential Stevie Salas, Vol. 1
Columbia Japan/Arbor EMI Canada, Bellaphon Europe
|1992||Third Eye Open
Black Arc/Rykodisc Records
Nicklebag – Stevie Salas with Bernard Fowler
|1995||12 Hits and a Bump
Indanee/Pony Canyon Japan/East West/Warners Europe
Inaba/Salas – Stevie Salas with Koshi Inaba
- 1986 – George Clinton: R&B Skeletons in the Closet (Capitol Records)
- 1988 – Bootsy Collins: What's Bootsy Doin'? (Columbia Records)
- 1988 – Was (Not Was): What Up, Dog? (Chrysalis Records)
- 1988 – Eddie Money: Nothing to Lose (Columbia Records)
- 1988 – The Pandoras: Rock Hard EP (Restless Records)
- 1988 – Phil Cristian: No Prisoner
- 1989 – Shakespears Sister: Sacred Heart (FFRR Records)
- 1989 – Shakespears Sister: "You're History" single (FFRR Records)
- 1989 – Cats in Boots: KickedClawed
- 1989 – The Burns Sisters: Endangered Species (Columbia Records)
- 1990 – Ronald Shannon Jackson: Red Warrior (Axiom Records)
- 1991 – Mister Fiddler: With Respect
- 1992 – Sass Jordan: Racine (MCA Records)
- 1992 – Steve Thomson: Steve Thomson
- 1992 – Jeff Healey Band: Feel This (Arista Records)
- 1993 – Terence Trent D'Arby featuring Des'ree: "Delicate" single (Columbia Records)
- 1994 – Sass Jordan: Rats (Impact Records)
- 1995 – TM Stevens: Out of Control... BOOM!!!
- 1995 – Terence Trent D'Arby: Vibrator (Columbia Records)
- 1995 – Red Thunder: Makoce Wakan
- 1996 – Cassius Slade: Land of Opportun-ists
- 1997 – Anri: Twin Soul (For Life Music)
- 1997 – TM Stevens: Radioactive
- 1997 – Carmine Appice: Guitar Zeus 2: Channel Mind Radio
- 1997 – Munetaka Higuchi with Dream Castle: Free World
- 1998 – Tomoya with 3T: "Eternal Flame" single (Universal Music Japan)
- 1998 – Taisuke: Heavy Pop
- 1998 – Robert Williams: Date with the Devil's Daughter
- 1998 – Tokio: Graffiti (Sony Japan)
- 1999 – Michael Hutchence: Michael Hutchence (V2 Records)
- 1999 – Glenn Hughes: The Way It Is (SPV/Nippon Crown/Shrapnel Records)
- 2000 – Takul: Nuclear Sonic Punk
- 2000 – Jeff Healey Band: Get Me Some (Eagle Records)
- 2001 – TM Stevens: Shocka Zooloo
- 2002 – Andy Dick: Andy Dick and the Bitches of the Century
- 2003 – Chris Catena: Freak Out
- 2003 – Ken Tamplin and Friends: Wake the Nations
- 2004 – Koshi Inaba: Peace of Mind
- 2005 – OctavePussy: Here Are the Results of the Universal Jury
- 2006 – Bernard Fowler: Friends with Privileges (Sony Japan)
- 2008 – T.I. feat. Justin Timberlake: "Dead and Gone" single (Atlantic/WEA)
- 2009 – Heavy Glow: "It's Too Late" (StockXChange Music Australia)
- "NAMA: Hall of Fame 2009". Native American Music Awards. Native American Music Awards & Association. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
- Salas, Stevie (2014). When We Were The Boys: coming of age on Rod Stewart's Out of Order tour/Stevie Salas with Robert Yehling. Taylor Trade Publishing. ISBN 978-1-58979-988-2.
- "Blog Archives: Stevie Salas Matt Sorum Interview". Mattsorum.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved November 26, 2008.
- Lonsdale, Laurie. "Guitarist STEVIE SALAS On Being American Idol Music Director". BraveWords.com. Retrieved December 7, 2008.
- "Heavy Glow". San Diego Reader. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
- Wheeler, Kim. "Smithsonian exhibit highlights Native Americans' contribution to music". CBC Music. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
- Julia Franz (August 24, 2017). "Native American musicians and the 'Rumble' beginnings of rock". Public Radio International. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
- Jess Righthand (October 2010). "The Pop Charts' Native Roots". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
- Valentina Valentini (July 26, 2017). "Guitarist Stevie Salas Talks 'Rumble' Film & Rock's Unsung Heroes: Native Americans". Billboard. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
- Grenda, Tim. "The Idolmaker". Carlsbadmagazine.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
- "Rockstar Solos Stevie Salas iPhone iPad applications guitar games". RockstarSolos.com. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
- "T.I Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
- "Rezolution Pictures | RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World". Rezolutionpictures.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
- "2017 Sundance Film Festival Awards". Sundance.org. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
- "Dreamcatcher Bios". Rezolutionpictures.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
- "Rezolution Pictures". Rezolutionpictures.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
- "Inaba&Salas-Chubby Groove". Discogs.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
- "オリコン週間 CDアルバムランキング 2017年01月09日～2017年01月15日". Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
- "Chubby Groove Tour 2017". En-Zine Japan.
- "Chubby Groove". Steviesalas.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
- "Stevie Salas Fave 5 Record Reviews". Guitarhoo.com. January 7, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
- Prato, Greg. "Stevie Salas Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
- "Stevie Salas Colorcode - Stevie Salas Colorcode". Discogs.
- "Stevie Salas - The Electric Pow Wow". Discogs.
- "Stevie Salas Colorcode - Back From The Living". Discogs.
- "Stevie Salas Colorcode - Alter Native". Discogs.
- "Stevie Salas Colorcode - The Sometimes Almost Never Was". Discogs.
- "Stevie Salas - Shapeshifter - The Fall And Rise Of Stevie No Wonder". Discogs.
- The Soulblasters of the Universe at AllMusic.
- "Stevie Salas Colorcode - Be What It Is". Discogs.
- "Official Stevie Salas Website". Steviesalas.com. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
- "Stevie Salas Colorcode - Stuff". Discogs.
- "Stevie Salas Colorcode - Alter Native E.P." Discogs.
- "Stevie Salas Colorcode - Le Bootleg / Live In Paris". Discogs.
- "Stevie Salas - Viva La Noise". Discogs.
- "Stevie Salas - The Sun And The Earth "The Essential Stevie Salas" Vol. 1". Discogs.
- "Hardware (8) - Third Eye Open". Discogs.
- "Nicklebag - 12 Hits And A Bump". Discogs.
- "Nicklebag - Mas Feedback". Discogs.
- "Nishi Drive". Laa-custom.com. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
- "Stevie Salas Signature". Warwick.de. Retrieved February 26, 2017.