Frank Goodman writes in  "This is how it's supposed to be done. Call me old-fashioned, but for alternative country to sound good, you gots to play good. And Tony G. plays like a demon .... And he's way more than a great guitarist. He is in that select company that is operating with a deep tonal vocabulary, and a connection to the instrument that few ever know. When he bends a note, into another bent note, into another bent note, and it's all in tune and it's all in time, that's a guitar player. That's just part of it, of course; it has as much to do with his approach to harmony and pushing the country envelope, and sterling acoustic work....Tony's done way more than a host of more famous people. Ten years with X, played with Lone Justice, played on and produced a slew of great records.  Like all the greatest players will tell you, it's about seeing them live."  
"Gilkyson has always been known as a fine guitarist but now he can be recognized
as an equally fine songwriter with an eye for the ironic and darkly humorous." -Los Angeles Times


Tony Gilkyson Bio

Born in Hollywood and raised in an environment of songwriters and musicians, guitarist-songwriter 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 ten 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, John Coinman, Jake LaBotz, Ray Wiley Hubbard, Sam Phillips, Duke McVinnie, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Peter Rowan, Larry Hosford, Dave Alvin, Kip Boardman, Alice Cooper, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, K.D. Lang, Mark Olsen, Shane MacGowan, Mike Stinson, Randy Weeks and Kathleen Wilhoite. He has produced recordings for Exene Cervenka, sister Eliza Gilkyson and Dances with Wolves author and poet Michael Blake. With Tom Waits, he co-produced Chuck E. Weiss’s albums Extremely Cool and Old Souls & Wolf Tickets. In 2003 he produced the acclaimed Country for True Lovers by Eleni Mandell. He also has played guitar on numerous film sound tracks including the well-received Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, as well as The Big Lebowski, Don’t Come Knockin’ and All the King’ s Men, with noted producer T Bone Burnett.


Tony Gilkyson opening for Marty Stuart at the Roxy October 15!

Previous events

Tony Gilkyson at Honky Tonk Hacienda

El Cid, 4212 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles 90029

Acoustic and electric with Gregory Boaz on stand up bass. Also playing: Kip Boardman, Heathen Apostles Duo, Andrew Sheppard and Johnzo West.


The Cellar Sessions

Old Oak Cellars, 2620D E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena

Tony will be playing an acoustic show with Gregory Boaz on stand-up bass at 3:45pm.

$5.00 from each bottle of wine sold will go to MusiCares, a charity benefiting musicians in times of need.

$22 Advance/$25 Door


Tony Gilkyson Acoustic Show benefitting SCCC Trauma Training Program

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The Echo, 1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90026

In memory of Alice M. Ferguson Benefiting the SCCC's Trauma Training Program 3-8pm

$20 If you want a tax deduction, write out a check to SCCC with "Trauma Training Program" in the memo. Thank you!!



Tony Gilkyson - Live@The Library

Thousand Oaks Library, Grant R. Brimhall Library 1401 E. Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks, California 91362

Tony will be performing at Live@The Library with full band.

You can check out their website at

$20 donation (all proceeds go to the artists).

Potluck desserts, coffee and soft drinks will be provided. Beer and wine will be sold to benefit the Thousand Oaks Library Foundation. Please feel free to add to the dessert table.

$20 donation


Tony Gilkyson

McCabe's, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Tony and Rick Shea will be having an evening of music together. Tony's set is at 8pm, Rick's at 9pm. As the evening closes, they will share the stage with a few songs.



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