Guitarist Al Gomez is referred as one of the most versatile guitarist in Texas...tejano, country, rock, r&b, jazz and funk. As a freelance guitarist, Al stays busy working with various groups in Texas.. Currently Al is working in the West Texas area. Some of Al's influences are Marcos Mendoza (childhood friend), Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Brent Mason, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Pete Anderson, Babyface, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bruce Conte and most of our current smooth jazz guitarist...
Alfred Gilbert Gomez was born in Pecos, Tx.. Al has lived and worked as a musician in Chicago, Ill., Cincinnati Ohio, Austin Tx, El Paso Tx, Midland / Odessa Tx. and Laredo, Tx...Al has studied music at West Texas State University Canyon Tx., Sul Ross State University., Alpine Tx., The Recording Workshop in Cincinnati Ohio and recently graduated from a two year Master Guitar Certificate Program from Berklee College of Music from Boston, Mass..
While in high school, Al started out as a trombone player playing with local tejano bands...after the introduction of the keyboard synthesizer in the late seventies and early eighties, the horn section was being replaced by the keyboard and its new technology, losing a lot of work as a trombonist. At an early age, Al was tinkering with the bass and electric guitar. Al had to make an instrument career change, The Guitar.
Al has played and/or shared the stage with the following: Little Joe Y La Familia, Johnny Hernandez and The Third Coast, Tortilla Factory, Selena, Aaron Neville, Willie Nelson, Johnny Rodriquez, Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cheech Marin, Paul Rodriquez, Jimmy Smitts, Kevin Fowler, Tracy Lawrence, Rick Huckaby, Krysti Worley, and many more.
Al Gomez first solo CD "Casa Groove" on Shade Records, released in the summer of 2014. Al's solo CD will contain some tunes he grew up listening to as well as his original songs. A smooth jazz CD packed with funky, bluesy and smooth guitar playing and his love of great vocal harmonies.