The Mighty Orq is one of Houston’s most exceptional and hardest working talents. His dedication has won him the Houston Blues Society’s “Best Solo Act” multiple years, taking him to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where he was a finalist. The full list:

**Houston Press Music Award, “Best Guitarist” – 2007
**Houston Press Music Award, “Best Guitarist” – 2010
**International Blues Challenge, “Finalist/Solo-Duo” – 2011
**Houston Arts Alliance, “Individual Artist Grant” – 2011
**Houston Press Music Award, “Best Blues” – 2012
**Houston Press Music Award, “Best Blues” – 2015
**International Blues Challenge, “Finalist/Solo-Duo” – 2016

Born and bred in Houston, Texas, Orq has a truly individual sound that is as diverse and unique as the city in which he was raised. Whether you see Orq performing solo or you get the full band experience, it is something you won’t forget any time soon.

Orq is a musician’s musician. When playing a gig he rarely brings less than 5 guitars, including a National Resonator, a “Frankenstein” Strat, a gold top Les Paul, a Keith Alan Cigar Box, and a Keith Alan 10-string non-pedal steel guitar. His performances include songs spanning numerous genres of music including country, blues, jazz, and of course, rock and roll.

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American music at its finest; with an arresting and nuanced voice, and a singular guitar style The Mighty Orq solo or with his band is powerfully soulful.

Since 2002 The Mighty Orq has been performing solo and with his band across the US and Europe. He has won multiple awards, released seven albums, and an instructional DVD for solo resonator slide guitar. He is a uniquely talented singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist with a focus in the American Roots Music genres.

Long known as a stand-out singer and guitarist, Orq has matured as a writer and arranger as heard on his most recent release, “Love In A Hurricane.” Where previously the musical emphasis was on raucous drum and guitar lines, here Orq takes a more song-centered approach letting songs dictate the instrumentation rather than the other way around. New compositions such as the title track as well as “Say It With Silence,” and the Weissenborn instrumental “Cannon Ball” feature an experienced composer, instrumentalist, and singer beginning to reach his stride.

Love In A Hurricane – 2016
Soulful City – 2013
Lost In Germany – 2011
To The Bone – 2008
Milk Money – 2005
Ghost Train: Live at The Big Easy – 2004
Prayer Book – 2003

His influences include Stevie Wonder, Joe Walsh, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmie Vaughan, Alan Haynes, Charlie Sexton, Martin Sexton, Arc Angels, Robert Johnson, The Beatles, Hank Mobley, Buddy Emmons, King’s X, ZZ Top, Spinal Tap, Doyle Bramhall, Sr., Doyle Bramhall II, Hank Williams, Don Helms, Leo Kottke, Lloyd Green, Terri Greene, Cindy Cashdollar, AC/DC, The Faces, Don Julio, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Texas Johnny Brown, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Eddie Rivers, Herb Alpert, Vince Guaraldi, Robert Johnson, and Prince.


Song of the Week “Houston Blues”

Here’s a solo rendition of the Alan Haynes song, “Houston Blues” with some of my own added lyrics. Check out Alan at one of his shows in Texas. He’s truly one of the greats. https://m.facebook.com/AlanHaynesBand/ Category People & Blogs License Standard YouTube License