Born in Hollywood and raised in an environment of songwriters and musicians, guitarist Tony Gilkyson originally started recording as a boy with his father, Terry Gilkyson, a composer for Walt Disney and a prominent folksinger/songwriter in his own right.
Tony played guitar with the Los Angeles band X for 10 years, starting with the acclaimed album SEE HOW WE ARE and continuing through the all-acoustic live recording, X UNCLOGGED. Other artists he has played and recorded with include Lone Justice, Sam Phillips, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Larry Hosford and Dave Alvin. He has produced recordings for Exene Cervenka, sister eliza Gilkyson and DANCES WITH WOLVES author and poet Michael Blake.
Since leaving X in 1996 he has played with Bob Dylan, T-bone Burnett, Kathleen Wilhoite, Randy Weeks and co-produced, with Tom Waits, Chuck E. Weiss' 1999 underground hit album, EXTREMELY COOL.
SPARKO, Tony's first solo recording, was released in 1998 and spotlights not only Tony's guitar work but also his considerable songwriting abilities, ranging in style from folk to thrash, from ranchera to alt. country.
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