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Stevie Salas

On 17/11/1964: Stevie Salas was born. He was born in Oceanside, California.
In 1986, Stevie was discovered by George Clinton sleeping on a sofa at a recording studio. Clinton asked Salas to do some guitar recording for him. It would be the beginning of making Salas a sought-after session guitarist.
In 1988, Stevie was a member of Rod Stewart's Out of Order tour.
In 1989, the film "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" was released which featured Salas' work on the score, including a wild guitar solo at the end of the film which he was filmed for (as a double for the character Rufus).
In 1990, Salas released his debut solo album "Stevie Salas Colorcode", which he released with Island Records. He toured as the opener for Joe Satriani. Salas' music began to receive attention in Japan and Europe.
In 1993, Salas released the album "Stevie Salas Electric Pow Wow". The album was a collection of covers of songs that inspired Salas. The album featured Zakk Wylde, Glenn Hughes, T.M. Stevens, Slim Jim Phantom as guest artists.
In 1994, he released the album "Back From the Living" in Japan. The album featured the singles "Start Again" and "Tell Your Story Walkin". In the same year, he appeared on Sass Jordan's album "Rats".
In 2001, Mick Jagger hired him as guitarist and music director for his "Goddess in the Doorway" tour. In the same year, Salas released the album "Shapeshifter: The Fall and Rise of Stevie No-Wonder".
In 2003, Salas released the album "The Soundblasters of the Universe". He did his first European Colorcode tour since 1999.
In 2006, Salas served as music director and consultant for American Idol and 19 Entertainment. He continued working in the role till 2010. He would nurture artists such as Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry, and their respective touring bands for subsequent American tours. Salas would also start working as host and executive producer of the Canadian Music TV series "Arbor Live".
In 2009, co-founded the company Rockstar Solos, LLC. The company's first application was called Rockstar Solos. In the same year, Salas worked with T.I and Justin Timberlake on the song "Dead and Gone". The song reached number 2 on the Billboard chart. Later in 2009, Salas received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Native American Music Awards.
In 2010, Salas became an advisor to contemporary music at National Museum of the Amerian Indian. He worked in the role for 2 years. He co-created the Up Where We Belong-Natives In Popular Culture exhibit and The Living Earth Festival.
In 2012, Salas created the show "Catch The Dream Bios with Adam Beach". It aired in 2014.
Salas is currently the executive producer for "Rumble" a Native American music documentary.

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