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Gary Lucas is an acclaimed American guitarist, a Grammy-nominated songwriter, and an international recording artist with over a dozen solo albums to date, and a soundtrack composer for film and television. He has been described as “one of the best and most original guitarists in America” (David Fricke, 16 Nov. 2006, Rolling Stone); a “legendary leftfield guitarist” (The Guardian, 24 Dec. 2005); “the thinking man’s guitar hero” (The New Yorker, 8 Jan. 2007), and one of “the most innovative and challenging guitarists playing today” (fRoots, March 2002).

Lucas tours the world solo, as well as with several different ensembles including his longtime band NYC-based group, Gods and Monsters, a psychedelic rock band based around Lucas’s guitar playing and songwriting. The band recently completed a tour of Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia in the company of former Talking Heads keyboardist/producer Jerry Harrison, currently a member of the band and the producer of their most recent album. Other regular members of the band include Ernie Brooks, Jason Candler, and Billy Ficca. Lucas also lectures on guitar and the music business in general. As of 2007, Lucas has performed in some 35 countries.

Gary Lucas was born in Syracuse, New York USA. He obtained a degree in English from Yale University (1974), before establishing his career in music first as a college DJ and then as Music Director at his college radio station, WYBC FM. He married his wife, Caroline (neé Sinclair, from London England), in 1984, and presently lives in New York City.


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