While other guys his age were going to college, getting married, buying homes and building professional careers – Hector Anchondo was playing guitar. He lived on the road, and when he wasn’t on the road, he lived on couches. He got jobs as he needed them, but quit as soon as he could get back on tour. He put off having kids. He put off marriage. Instead, he played guitar.
His guitar playing became a thing of legend in the Omaha area, where he was based. His dazzling introduction of “Black Magic Woman” stunned audiences who thought they had heard everything. Decades of single minded devotion to his craft showed every time he played. But as much as he was beloved by thousands of fans in the Heartland, he remained largely unknown to the rest of the world.
With a finish in the finals at the 2016 International Blues Challenge and his masterful 2017 album “Roll the Dice” getting global radio play and leaping to the top of blues charts, Hector is at long last taking his rightful place at the forefront of the contemporary blues world.
“Anchondo’s spectacular guitar playing and suave vocal stylings stand out front in his newest release, ‘Roll the Dice'” said one Philadelphia critic. “Immersed in blues and Americana, this ten song album is a wonderful delight.” Making A Scene said, “Anchondo’s fluid guitar notes and vocal clarity are a pleasure.”