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Ty Tabor

King's X guitarist Ty Tabor was born on September 17, 1961, in Jackson, MS. As a youngster, he began playing guitar and formed a bluegrass band with his brother on banjo and his father on washtub bass; they played festivals around Mississippi and opened for country legends Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones and Minnie Pearl. But as a teenager, Tabor discovered the wonders of hard rock. Influenced by KISS, Rush, the Beatles, Queen, and Aerosmith, Tabor would spend hours on end practicing and playing along to the latest hits by these legendary acts. This led to a decision to make music his life, as he soon began forming rock bands around the South in the late '70s/early '80s (one being the Christian rock outfit Matthew). Around this time, Tabor became enthralled with the guitar playing of Phil Keaggy and formed a group with ex-members of Keaggy's band: bassist/vocalist Doug Pinnick and drummer Jerry Gaskill.

The new band went through a few names (the Edge, Sneak Preview) before settling on King's X. By combining Tabor's irresistible Beatlesque melodies, Pinnick's soulful vocals, and heavy rock à la Queen and Rush, the band has become one of rock's most respected groups, releasing such metal classics as Gretchen Goes to Nebraska, Faith Hope Love, and Dogman on Atlantic Records. Although major mainstream success has eluded them thus far, the band has built a large and loyal following due to incessant touring. In 1997 (during a break from touring with King's X), Tabor released his first solo album, Naomi's Solar Pumpkin (available through mail-order only); its follow-up, Moonflower Lane, was waxed a year later on Metal Blade Records. Despite rumors of an impending breakup, King's X released their seventh studio album, Tape Head, in October 1998, following it up with such further releases as 2000's Please Come Home...Mr. Bulbous and 2001's Manic Moonlight.

Tabor has also formed the prog metal supergroup Platypus, joining forces with members of Dream Theater and the Dixie Dregs -- issuing a pair of releases thus far, 1998's When Pus Comes to Shove and two years later, Ice Cycles. As if his schedule wasn't full already, Tabor has guested on albums by other artists, including Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus, and Greg Bissonette's self-titled debut, and has either mixed or mastered albums for Geek, Driving West, Poundhound, and Supershine.

Comparable to Brian May and Ace Frehley, Tabor has an identifiable guitar style all his own, and unfortunately remains one of rock's most underrated guitarists (just check out King's X tracks such as "Over My Head" and "Moanjam" for proof). ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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I was at that Greek show Dream Theater Satriani and Kings x.... I see him over 30 times I know them all pretty well....Ty remains The Best underated songwriter guitarists out there, a true musician and as humble and accessible as they come.,,,and when he's ON...just look out, greatness insues. ..
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Just met him stone pony
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hdcusa.rober t . h o p k i n s
His guitar tone is, IMHO, the best there is.
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Yes!
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One of the best, and sorely overlooked.
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cityplannerg u y
just saw him with KX at the Stone Pony 5/3/13.. great as usual. They weren't selling any of Ty's solo merch though! :-?
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maora_2002
I remember reading about Ty when he was an up and coming moto rider, but he is a GREAT guitar player, alot of the same influences music wise for me, and I used to ride too!!!
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crobar
f86joc Yeah, he's really good. Nothing fake, just pure talent. I know---I've known him since birth.
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rytnbfytn55
Amazes me that he's not ranked as one of the top 20 in the world!!
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Especially Moanjam.
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Awesome player and a Class Act!
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great guitar player
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one of the most clean and consistent guitarists out there
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Yeah Ty!
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love Ty's playin' and a singin'!
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I had "prisoner" cranked up loud one day at work and my boss who is an excellent guitar player came out of the back of the house and put his elbows on the table and his chin in his hands with a wide eyed gaze at the box. When the song was over he looked up at me and all he could say was "wow!" Every time I hear Ty play I get the "wow!"
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Love Ty, love K'sX. But I gotta admit, I miss the old signature guitar tone present on FHL and prior albums.
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Ty is on one of the most respected guitarist by other professional gutarists. Go to a KING'S X show and look around and you will see all of the great local musicians there. I've been a fan since gretchen, and seen them numerious times, never dissapointed . He as well as the rest of the band have always made time to speak with me. These guys are the REAL DEAL. I'm a professional audio engineer, have mixed hundreds of bands, when asked I always say that they are the best.
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Have seen King's X over 25 time and they are always great They came to Dallas and my 10 year old begged to see them. Great music transcends time.
They brought him stage front, then backstage... . Great guys, Kings X forever
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His album "Safety" was written after his wife left him. His pain and healing is apparent on this nice disk. Love his tone!
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By far one of the most talented guitar players in rock. The most tasteful player out there. Ty has never ceased to amaze me.
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kohsat
The only guitarist who still loves and believes in the "wall of sound effect"(and maybe jerry cantrell), ty tabor is such an under-rated player...... . . . . . . . .
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I saw KingsX at the Greek several years back and Ty played an extended solo that head everyone in the audience in a trance. It was tasty, spiritual, and above all it was rockin! Ty is a badddd mother!
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sounds good to me

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