Gary Hoey has explored many styles in his career, from hard rock to rock to surf to prog, and with 2013’s Deja Blues he came home to the blues. His latest, 2016’s Dust & Bones, is an exuberant fusion of blues and rock. But whatever style he plays, one thing is certain, Gary Hoey is a fiery, charismatic player who connects with the crowd. Whether he’s playing scorching originals or rock classic covers, his solos are thrillingly reminiscent of Clapton or Stevie Ray in their fiery youth. One thing that remains consistent is Hoey’s impassioned command of the guitar. He can attack his instrument with feral intensity and then play something very soft and achingly beautiful. This ability to mix feeling, phrasing, technique and tone is the true mark of a master guitarist.
The Star Theater, 13 NW 6th, welcomes Gary Hoey back to Portland on Saturday, July 28 for an 8:00 pm show. Tickets are available through Ticketweb.com for $20.00. 21 & over.