July 01, 2016 at Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco.
At the age of 16, Gaines headed to California where he found himself thrust into the world of late night bars and touring with Roy “Pops” Milton. He also toured and recorded with blues greats like Chuck Willis and Ray Charles and did session work for Bobby “Blue” Bland and Junior Parker. Roy’s no stranger to the Hollywood scene either, lending his talents to the motion pictures “How Many Roads” and “The Color Purple.”
In 1996 Gaines released the recording Lucille Works for Me. That release combined with Bluesman for Life (1998) gave Roy the long overdue recognition he deserved. He spent most of 1999 touring the festival circuit.
Gaines received a W.C. Handy award and Living Blues “Comeback Artist of the Year” award in 1999. Roy’s New Frontier Lover album showcases versatility as guitarist, singer and songwriter and treats listeners to a variety of originals penned by Gaines over the past few decades.