Amos Garrett

Born: November 26, 1941
Detroit, MI, USA

Amos Garrett was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 26, 1941 and moved to Toronto five years later. In his youth he studied trombone at the RCMT but his real talent lay in his exceptional guitar skills. Garrett's family moved to Montreal when he was 12 but he later returned to Toronto in the early '60s and formed the folk-rock group The Dirty Shames, which existed from 1964-1967. Garrett left the band in late 1966 and joined Heavenly Blue (which also included Children members Bill Hawkins and Sandy Crawley), but attracted greater acclaim as Ian & Sylvia Tyson's guitarist in their new group Great Speckled Bird from 1968-1970. While performing with the latter he moved to Woodstock, and met his future collaborator Maria Muldaur. During his time with Muldaur, he appeared on the hit single 'Midnight At The Oasis'. He also spent a brief period as a member of Paul Butterfield's group Better Days.

The mid '70s saw Garrett move once again, this time to Boston, but his restlessness and search for fresh musical challenges took him to San Francisco where he lived for thirteen years. In 1978, he left Muldaur's group and worked as a studio musician and then spent the early '80s touring the US and Canadian R&B circuit. During this period he worked with the Alberta based group Eh! Team and then joined a trio with ex-Sir Douglas Quintet main man, the late Doug Sahm and studio musician Gene Taylor which resulted in several collaborative efforts. Since taking up residence in Turner Valley near Calgary in 1989, he had continued to plough a career as a roots specialist. The trio's first album meanwhile won a Juno for best roots/trad album.

Thanks to Nick Warburton, contributing writer.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Guitar Backup Vocals Vocals

Chicago Blues

Bands That Amos Garrett Has Played For:
Paul Butterfield's Better Days

Amos Garrett Has Worked With:
Paul Butterfield Geoff Muldaur Ronnie Barron Billy Rich Christopher Parker
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