Products used: Clayton Custom White Pearl 1.26mm.
“I love my custom Clayton guitar picks. Clayton gets the shape and gauge of picks I love, and never misses any graphic details including my band logo or web address. I also love the pro lemon and pro shine as they keep my guitars ready for a night of maximum Rockin!”
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 life!”
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”