If you love slide guitar, and who doesn’t, then the Sultans of Slide are what you’ve been yearning for. Combining three dynamic styles of slide from three dynamic players, the Sultans of Slide are a feast for the ears. Formed in 2010, the Sultans have had an amazing revolving lineup of some of the finest slide guitarists in the Northwest, Including Henry Cooper, Mark Riley and Franck Goldwasser. The current lineup is no exception.
Founding member and bandleader, Big Monti Amundson, has recruited Washington Blues Society award winning guitarist Rod Cook, and Portland’s Kevin Selfe, a two-time inductee into the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame for Electric Guitar and Traditional Blues Act.
Big Monti, a fierce proponent of Johnny Winter style of slide guitar, came by his “blues name” not just because of his physical appearance, but rather for his larger than life voice, guitar virtuosity, and sheer presence. When Big Monti takes the stage, it’s clear that there’s more going on than the usual extended guitar solos – the man plays and sings larger than life.
Kevin Selfe, a native of Roanoke, VA, learned to play slide by watching the dobro masters that lived and traveled through the area. Having combined this influence with his love of the blues, Selfe developed a swampy, primal sound that is reminiscent of humid, summer evenings in the rural South. He relocated to Portland, OR in 2007 where he is now a leading light in the Pacific Northwest’s robust blues revival.
Rod Cook has been nominated numerous times for the Washington Blues Society’s “Best Of The Blues” Awards, including nominations for all three guitar categories (Acoustic, Electric and Slide). In 2006 and 2014, Cook was awarded the “Best Acoustic Guitar” award and in 2012 and 2016 “Best Electric Guitar.” His band, Rod Cook and Toast, perform original and cover material based in blues, rock, country, American roots music in general, and are well known by Seattle music lovers.
You can catch The Sultans of Slide at Hwy 99 Blues Club on June 10th at 8 PM.