Stevie Salas

Stevie Salas (born November 17, 1964) is a Native American guitarist,[1] author,[2] television host,[3] music director,[4] record producer,[5] film composer, and advisor of contemporary music at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.[6]

Stevie Salas
Stevie Salas with The IMF's
Background information
Born (1964-11-17) November 17, 1964
Oceanside, California, United States
GenresRock, funk
Occupation(s)Guitarist, Television, Film and Record Producer, Music Director, Author, Composer, Guitar Developer
Years active1985present
LabelsIsland Records
Polystar Records
Vermillion Records
Pony Canyon
Yamaha Japan
Columbia Japan
Arbor EMI
Bellaphon (Germany)
Associated actsHeavy Glow, Bernard Fowler, Koshi Inaba, Hardware, Colorcode, B'z, T.I, Mass Mental, Chevy Metal, Slapbak


Salas was born on November 17, 1964, in Oceanside, California, United States. He is of Apache ancestry.[7][8][9]

In 1990, Salas released his first solo album Stevie Salas Colorcode, opening for Joe Satriani and his 1989 album Flying in a Blue Dream. Salas' music received attention in both Japan and Europe.

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.

Salas was touring guitarist for Rod Stewart´s Out of Order Tour where he got the inspiration for his book ˝When We Were the Boys˝, a book of memories from touring world stages.

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.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] (2017 Sundance winner for Masterful Storytelling [14]). Executive Producer and Creator of Dreamcatcher Bios[15] (currently in production). Produced by Rezolution Pictures Montreal Canada[16] for APTN television. Co-Wrote and Produced the new project/band INABA/SALAS[17] 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,[18] 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.[19] The record was certified Gold in Japan on October 4, 2017.[20]

Musical influences

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.[21][22]


Solo career

Studio albums

1990Stevie Salas Colorcode [23]
Island Records
1993Stevie Salas Presents: The Electric Pow Wow [24]
Polystar Japan/EMI Aquarius Canada
1994Back from the Living [25]
Polystar Japan/BMG. US/East West/Warners Europe
1996Alter Native [26]
Indanee/Pony Canyon Japan
1997Alter Native Gold
Indanee/Pony Canyon Japan
1998The Sometimes Almost Never Was [27]
Indanee/Pony Canyon
2002Shapeshifter: The Fall and Rise of Stevie No Wonder [28]
Surfdog/Sony U.S. Europe/Yamaha Japan
2004Stevie Salas Presents: The Soulblasters of the Universe [29]
Yamaha Japan
2006Be What It Is [30]
Columbia Japan/ Arbor EMI Canada/Bellaphon Europe
2008Set It On Blast!!
Columbia Japan
2010Jam Power
Columbia Japan



1991Stuff [32]
Island/Polystar Records
1996Alter Native E.P. [33]
Indanee/Pony Canyon Japan

Live albums

1991Bootleg Like a Mug!!: Live in Japan
Island Records
1995All That... And Born to Mack: Live in Japan
Polystar Japan
1997Le Bootleg: Live in Paris [34]
USG/East West/Warners Europe


1996Anthology of Stevie Salas Colorcode: 1987–1994
Polystar Japan
1997Seoul Power
Indanee/Pony Canyon Korea
1998Viva la Noise [35]
USG/East West/Warners Europe
1999Sol Power
Indanee/Pony Canyon Japan
2004Stevie Salas Presents: The Soulblasters of the Universe –
Cosmic Flutie: A Mix Tape for the Underdog

2006The Essential Stevie Salas, Volume 1
2007The Sun and the Earth: The Essential Stevie Salas, Vol. 1 [36]
Columbia Japan/Arbor EMI Canada, Bellaphon Europe

Group projects

Hardware – Stevie Salas with Bootsy Collins and Buddy Miles

1992Third Eye Open [37]
Black Arc/Rykodisc Records

Nicklebag – Stevie Salas with Bernard Fowler

199512 Hits and a Bump [38]
Indanee/Pony Canyon Japan/East West/Warners Europe
1997Mas Feedback [39]
Iguana U.S.

Inaba/Salas – Stevie Salas with Koshi Inaba

2017Chubby Groove
Vermillion Records

Guest appearances

Signature equipmentr

  • LAA Custom Nishi Drive Stevie Salas Signature Overdrive Pedal[40]
  • Framus Idolmaker Stevie Salas Signature Guitar[41]
  • The Guyatone Stevie Salas Wah Rocker Pedal


  1. "NAMA: Hall of Fame 2009". Native American Music Awards. Native American Music Awards & Association. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  2. 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.
  3. "Blog Archives: Stevie Salas Matt Sorum Interview". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved November 26, 2008.
  4. Lonsdale, Laurie. "Guitarist STEVIE SALAS On Being American Idol Music Director". Retrieved December 7, 2008.
  5. "Heavy Glow". San Diego Reader. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  6. Wheeler, Kim. "Smithsonian exhibit highlights Native Americans' contribution to music". CBC Music. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  7. Julia Franz (August 24, 2017). "Native American musicians and the 'Rumble' beginnings of rock". Public Radio International. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  8. Jess Righthand (October 2010). "The Pop Charts' Native Roots". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  9. Valentina Valentini (July 26, 2017). "Guitarist Stevie Salas Talks 'Rumble' Film & Rock's Unsung Heroes: Native Americans". Billboard. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  10. Grenda, Tim. "The Idolmaker". Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  11. "Rockstar Solos Stevie Salas iPhone iPad applications guitar games". Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  12. "T.I Chart History". Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  13. "Rezolution Pictures | RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World". Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  14. "2017 Sundance Film Festival Awards". Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  15. "Dreamcatcher Bios". Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  16. "Rezolution Pictures". Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  17. "Inaba&Salas-Chubby Groove". Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  18. "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". Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  19. "Chubby Groove Tour 2017". En-Zine Japan.
  20. "Chubby Groove". Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  21. "Stevie Salas Fave 5 Record Reviews". January 7, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
  22. Prato, Greg. "Stevie Salas Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  23. "Stevie Salas Colorcode - Stevie Salas Colorcode". Discogs.
  24. "Stevie Salas - The Electric Pow Wow". Discogs.
  25. "Stevie Salas Colorcode - Back From The Living". Discogs.
  26. "Stevie Salas Colorcode - Alter Native". Discogs.
  27. "Stevie Salas Colorcode - The Sometimes Almost Never Was". Discogs.
  28. "Stevie Salas - Shapeshifter - The Fall And Rise Of Stevie No Wonder". Discogs.
  29. The Soulblasters of the Universe at AllMusic.
  30. "Stevie Salas Colorcode - Be What It Is". Discogs.
  31. "Official Stevie Salas Website". Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  32. "Stevie Salas Colorcode - Stuff". Discogs.
  33. "Stevie Salas Colorcode - Alter Native E.P." Discogs.
  34. "Stevie Salas Colorcode - Le Bootleg / Live In Paris". Discogs.
  35. "Stevie Salas - Viva La Noise". Discogs.
  36. "Stevie Salas - The Sun And The Earth "The Essential Stevie Salas" Vol. 1". Discogs.
  37. "Hardware (8) - Third Eye Open". Discogs.
  38. "Nicklebag - 12 Hits And A Bump". Discogs.
  39. "Nicklebag - Mas Feedback". Discogs.
  40. "Nishi Drive". Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  41. "Stevie Salas Signature". Retrieved February 26, 2017.
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