Whether he's playing his trademark soulful progressive Blues with
The Vinny Roth Band, or doing session work around his adopted
Washington D.C. area Vinny always brings his A+ game. Through his
ecclectic array of musicianship he has garnered spots playing along
side such musical luminaries as Ian Gilian of Deep Purple, Honky tonk
pioneer Bill Kirchen and many many others. Mr. Roth's sound and style
has held comparisons to players like Duane Allman, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy
Nolan (James Brown's band), BB.King and even Wes Montgomery.
Originaly from Queens New York Roth discovered the hipness of the
guitar from watching his first Elvis movie. It was the opening riff to
Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" that planted the seed of wanting an
electric guitar. Early influences where Aerosmith, Clapton, Hendrix, and
Led Zeppelin. It was through his favorite guitar teacher, an old hippie
soul named Rick Meyer, that Vinny started to improvise. "Rick was the
original Jack Black from the School of Rock. He would loan me stacks of
his vinyl each week and tell me to listen, play along and improvise.
It was during this period that I started listen to The Allman Brothers,
The Dead and tons of old blues. This is the music that changed my
After high school he attained a fine arts degree in music after studying
at both Northern VA Community College and George Mason University.
His dedication to playing paid off with the several movie and tv soundtracks he has
played on as well as a finalistists in guitar contests, most notably
the 2004 Guitar Center Guitarmegeddon solo off.
On his current Cd, due for release in the summer of 2014 Vinny
tries to hit every color of the music sprectrum while keeping his ideas
fresh. "I think a good album should feature music that flows from inside
and showcases the influences you have. I'm am a big fan of 60's and 70's live music,
especially the live jam approaches of the Band of Gypsies, The Allmans, The Dead, Muddy Waters"
Vinny's music has not only won several songwriting awards but also garnered write ups in Guitar Player,
Vintage Guitar, 20th Century Guitar as well European press in the German Publication Guitar & Bass magazine.
Several notable guests Ike Willis (Frank Zappa), Ron Halloway (Warren Haynes), Al Williams (Stanely Clarke Schooldays band),
Tamer Eid (Emmett Swimming) and session players Vinnie Simonette, Kenny Pimental, Chris Wing, Eric Weinberg
and the great James "Spunk" Martini all appear on the upcoming CD project.
"The best thing to do is have a big set of ears, an open mind and enjoy and be greatful that you can create what you love"