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Arsen Shomakhov / Press

“<Dynamic is> a guitar-lover's delight of an album, one that stayed in the CD player of the <Toronto> Blues Society Society for a week.”

John Valenteyn - Toronto Blues Society

“On May 24, 2014, I had the good fortune to see an Arsen Shomakhov show at one of our finest Blues Venues, Blackwell Hall, in the Plaza Hotel, Kamloops, and after seeing this master showman and Guitarist live, I left that evening with just one thought, and that was, that what I just witnessed was one of the best Blues/Blues Rock shows I had seen in a long time and certainly up there with the top 5 for me. Having said that, one can only imagine how thrilled I was to receive Shomakhov's newest CD, "Dynamic", in the mail, several months later, which contained a lot of the great tunes he performed that night.”

“Eleven joyful bright blues, full of excellent West Coast swing, funk and groove, together with shuffles in a variety of tempos and rhythms, including Arabic and hypnotic sounds like in the song "Sweeter Than Honey."”

“Russian guitarist Arsen Shomakhov, now a Vancouver resident, opened the day with a superb set. Shomakhov's trio gamely blasted through some Albert Collins and Freddie King-inspired single string blues. The Russian emigre showed he can succinctly blend melodic chord change and lead to carry a whole lot of sound out into the audience.”

“Shomakhov's singing is strong and his excellent guitar work pays rare attention to tonal variety and to creating strong rhythms as well as fleet-fingered, inventive solos”

Blues Review

“Shomakhov's strengths are his formidable guitar playing across the spectrum of blues and r&b styles, his songwriting and his knack for finding good obscure material to cover...”

DB - Downbeat

“Mr. Shomakhov is nominated in the New Artist of the Year category in the Maple Blues Awards, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he was nominated in Guitarist next year.”

"On the Move" is # 1 on Canada Roots Music Charts and #2 on international top 50 Blues radio charts!


“Now living in Vancouver, Shomakhov has enlisted a number of prominent local musicians to produce an album of earthy blues. His approach is not flashy guitar overkill but an economic restaint in which feel and tone count for more than dexterity...”

Tom Harrison - The Province

“Mr. Shomakhov so wowed the audience and our judges with his version of the Delta Blues that he took home to Russia the coveted bragging rights of being the 2007 Emerging Artist Top Performer and proved to us that you do not have to be from the Delta to sing or know about the blues.”

"Troublemaker" from Arsen Shomakhov & Ragtime receives my highest possible recommendation to you. This is a brilliant artist whose career I will be watching closely and one from whom I expect to see and hear great things in the future

Tom Branson - Bluesrockers

“... this fine player as a true guitar virtuoso. His is a name that, one day, could become a household name in the blues community.”

Peter &quot;Blewzzman&quot; Lauro - Blues Editor at Mary4Music.com

““Arsen’s a great, world-class blues guitar player. I’m sure lots of people will be surprised how good he is and the style he has. “On top of that he’s a really nice guy – he’s a sweetheart”

“From swing to shuffle to dirty funk, Arsen Shomakhov & his band have all bases covered. I predict that folks further afield will soon begin to experience Mr. Shomakhov's soulful delivery.”

Charlie Gray - bluesfreepress.org

“Arsen, my man, go forth and multiply, more music of this calibre will only enhance the way people perceive our great genre of music that we call "BLUES"... ”

Terry Iredale - Blues radio DJ, Australia

“You can't deny his controlled guitar work is full of feeling. This Russian doesn't impress with muscle, but rather with substance”

Tim Holek - Blues Beat - Canada

“His playing is tastefeul, clean bends and sharp staccato lines, with nice jazz chord colour and counterpoint rhythm. This is how the pros do it, kids.”