Robert Knight created a name for himself from his uncanny ability to find rock stars before they become household names. Thanks to the documentary film Rock Prophecies, which is released to DVD today, they are now finding him.
“I’m inundated now by fathers and mothers and young musicians that email me asking for help,” says Knight, who kick-starts the careers of Australian band Sick Puppies and blues guitarist Tyler Dow Bryant in the film. (Read more about Rock Prophecies in our Fender News piece.)
As for the next wave of elite guitarists, Knight is putting his money on the following:
15-year-old Matt “Mojo” Tedder from Aledo, Texas, who jammed with Tyler Bryant this summer at a show in Texas.
“Tyler gave Matt his guitar and got behind the drums and this kid brought the house down,” laughs Knight.
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Grant Whitford, son of Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford.
18-year-old Josh Gooch, who recently joined the B’z, one of the biggest selling acts in Japan.
Ryan McGarvey. Out of 4,000 guitarists who competed to play at the 2010 Crossroads, Eric Clapton chose McGarvey as his finalist.
“He’s unbelievable,” says Knight.
YaYo Sanchez also earned a nod of support from Knight. The 16-year-old sings in Spanish and English and could be the “next Santana,” according to Knight.
Grant Austin Taylor, a 15-year-old from Virginia, who recently won the Robert Johnson Blues award.
Chris Iorio, formerly of the band Adelitas Way. With his former band, Iorio co-wrote their song “Invincible,” which is the new theme song for Fox Sports net 2010 College Football.
“This wave of kids right there, this is it,” says Knight. “Find videos on You Tube; they’ll just blow your mind.”