The first European Invasion of American Blues being re-imagined happened back in the 60’s by British bands. Tiho Dimitrov is spearheading the next wave of European-born musicians playing the Blues, spiced-up with influences from the Old World, contemporary American rock music, and adding something new, the fingerprint of a new generation.
Born in Bulgaria, Tiho took up classical guitar at age 12, but it wasn’t long before he gravitated towards the sound of the electric guitar and the music of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Cream, John Lee Hooker, Mark Knopfler, Buddy Guy, and Albert Collins. At 20, he moved to the US and immersed himself in the world of blues, rock, and R&B bands. For the next 12 years, Dimitrov played with numerous bands and musicians in New Mexico, developing into a fiery guitar player, and defining his own style and sound.
His local stage experience includes stints with the Motor Kings and Soulman Sam & The Soul Explosion. Tiho also toured nationally and collaborated with Native American, Grammy-nominated artist Star Nayea. Additionally, he’s shared the bill with blues artists Tommy Castro and John Lee Hooker, Jr., Guitar Shorty, and played a couple of shows with the legendary Bobby Keys -- saxophonist for the Rolling Stones, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles. Tiho has also been the front man of the Canyon Road Blues Band for many years – and performed with Lydia Clark & the Gospel Ryders, Sister Mary & the Bad Habits, and recently -- The Broomdust Caravan.
Playing in numerous bands and with different artists did not satisfy Tiho's hunger for creativity and desire to explore a new direction. Pursuing a solo career and writing original music was the natural next step.
Tiho Dimitrov’s original music reveals a mature musician -- skillfully blending the old with the new. His style is a refreshing combination of blues, rock, and pop. Dimitrov’s songs are soulful and sincere, loaded with emotion, with catchy hooks. His guitar skills are impressive but his music relies on more than just his tasty chops -- letting the listener discover more as the story of each song is told. Listening to Dimitrov’s music leaves one wanting to hear more. In the words of his audience, every time Tiho plays a show, it gets better and better.
Recent accomplishments include the 2012 New Mexico Music Awards Best Blues Winner as well as the Ernie Ball Guitar Center Battle of the Blues 2012 Best Blues guitar player for New Mexico.
Dimitrov's debut album will be released in late spring of 2013.