Amos Garrett (born November 26, 1941, Detroit, Michigan) is an American guitarist and performer. He is best known for his guitar solo on Maria Muldaur's hit record, "Midnight at the Oasis".
One of his earliest gigs was in Toronto playing with a band called The Dirty Shames. He took part in recording sessions for Anne Murray on "Snowbird" in 1970. Garrett also recorded and toured with Ian and Sylvia's group, Great Speckled Bird. Over the course of his career, he has recorded with more than 150 artists, ranging from Stevie Wonder, Pearls Before Swine to Bonnie Raitt and Martin Mull.
Garrett is signed to Stony Plain Records, a label based in Edmonton, Alberta. Garrett has maintained a steady relationship with this label over the years, resulting in nine albums. His first record on Stony Plain was a series of duets with singer Geoff Muldaur (Maria Muldaur's former husband). The next two were studio albums (Go Cat Go, (1980) and 1981's Amosbehavin' ). Stony Plain then released a follow-up, Live In Japan, that was cut in 1990 as Garrett and his band played in clubs and concert halls in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. Like most of the other records, it was released in Europe, the U.S., and Japan.
Home In My Shoes paid tribute to Garrett's boyhood days, especially on "Stanley Street", a tune fashioned in the memory of the old Esquire Club in Montreal, where the teenage Garrett learned by watching the likes of B. B. King, Fats Domino, T-Bone Walker, and Ben E. King. Third Man In was a collection of covers and originals. Garrett's covers songs were penned by some of his favorite songwriters such as Bobby Charles and Percy Mayfield.
The Cold Club was a collaboration with Oscar Lopez, David Wilkie, Karl Roth and Ron Casat, whereas Off The Floor Live, the next release, was recorded live at Edmonton's 'Sidetrack' club. After that, in 1989 on his next recorded appearance, Garrett shared performing and recording duties on The Return of the Formerly Brothers with the late Doug Sahm and pianist Gene Taylor. The album garnered a Juno Award.
In 2004, Garrett released Amos Garrett's Acoustic Album, featuring tracks written by Leadbelly and Hoagy Carmichael, among others. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.