Growing up in Missouri farm country, Hector Anchondo picked up the guitar as a teenager, as many do. Unlike many others, Anchondo moved beyond stock Led Zeppelin and Nirvana licks, absorbing everything from Latino music to Blues, to Bluegrass. After High School he headed to Omaha to seek a forum for his creativity. He found it, and spent years as a local favorite. His guitar prowess made him a local fixture on the live scene.
Well, with the recession in 2008 the Omaha live scene became a lot less lively. Hector found himself without a band and working menial jobs. Knowing that guitar was his calling, he never strayed from his dream. Fast forward a bit, and he got back into writing mode, releasing his first EP, “Kicking up Dust” in 2012. Two years later he released the album “Young Guns”, followed by “Roll the Dice” in 2017.
This year, Anchondo and crew headed to Memphis, TN to compete in the 35th Annual International Blues Challenge. Competing against 200 other acts between January 28-February 1st, He won 1st place in the solo/duo category! “I’m so honored by this award” he says, “It’s truly an honor and I’m overwhelmed with pride”.
Hector’s authentic blues playing and singing voice are peppered with displays of his impressive technique. He is completely comfortable blazing through fast pentatonic leads amidst bluesy 12 bar progressions. This is not always easy to do and have it feel natural, Hector can.
To learn more, and to check out Hector Anchondo’s infectious blues musings check out his links below.
By Peter Harris
February 6, 2020