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Gary Silva has been a staple in the international blues scene for over thirty years. In
constant demand, he has furnished his solid, steady, and soulful beat to the legends of
blues and rock n' roll.

Born in Monterey County, California, Gary was influenced by his father and friends, who
exposed him to jazz at an early age. Later, his older siblings exposed him to rock n' roll
and rhythm & blues. After moving to Marin County in the late 1960's, he was exposed
to a San Francisco music scene that was in full bloom. Attending concerts as if they
were classes, Gary was soon meeting and playing with the musicians whom he had

Gary credits one person in particular for jumpstarting his music career: his mentor and
Muddy Waters guitarist Luther Tucker. They became roommates, started a band, and
were soon backing Albert Collins, Big Mama Thornton, Otis Rush, and more. Gary
learned firsthand that the blues were a way of life. He chose to embrace this way of life.
Later, with Tucker's blessing, Gary joined forces with Paul Butterfield keyboardist Mark
Naftalin. Together, they began what would become the award-winning Blue Monday
Party series, where historic music concert films and recordings were made by such
notables as John Lee Hooker, Irma Thomas, Percy Mayfield, Charlie Musselwhite,
Buddy Guy, and Junior Wells, just to name a few. Performing at blues and jazz festivals
around the world, Silva further had the privilege of backing rock n' roll legends Chuck
Berry and Bo Diddley.

After several BAM Awards and a Billboard Magazine Award for best live radio
broadcast, Gary, along with guitarist Ron Thompson, went on to start the award-winning
Ron Thompson and the Resistors. After a Grammy Nomination and several years of
recording and touring, Gary was recruited by blues legend Elvin Bishop. They recorded
two critically acclaimed albums on Alligator Records ("Big Fun" and "Don't Let The Boss
Man Get You Down"). During this surging period in Gary's career, he was asked to
perform with Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum recording artist Bonnie Raitt,
as well as Dr. John and the New Riders of the Purple Sage. At one point in his career,
Gary was simultaneously performing with Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite and Steve
Miller Band alumnus Norton Buffalo.