Trinidad/Tobago - Americana Musician/Songwriter Gary Hector brings his style of classic sound throughout his music and with his next video single "Mercy Me",(inspired by Roy Orbison)from his debut albumNATIONAL TRASH. Hector continually shows his remarkable own style and brand. "Mercy Me", tells a story through Hectors' rough Dylan'esk vocals, slide guitar, and a montage of black/white photos that tell a story from Hector's own world.
In his pursuit to create something different outside his usual rock n roll side, NATIONAL TRASH is filled with a seasoned sound seldom found in this style of music nowadays. As Hector finished recording his guitar, vocals, and tambourine in Trinidad, he enlisted two Nashville Tennessee veterans to round out and finish his vision. In came John Heinrich to add pedal steel guitar and Nikki Nelson on female background vocals. A culmination that has resulted in a stunning “marriage “of Old School Country, and almost Punk Attitude songwriting which Hector jokingly refers to as TRINICANA.
"It is a common saying in Trinidad and Tobago... "If I don't laugh I will cry." ... and I always wanted to find a way to use it. So, I said, "What would Roy do?" - Gary Hector
Gary Hector is a singer-songwriter from Trinidad and Tobago in The Caribbean. The former leader and frontman for seminal rock n roll bands ODDFELLOWS LOCAL and JOINTPOP, Hector is now on a solo career and will simply be known as, GARY HECTOR.
Trinidad and Tobago is home to the music of Calypso and Soca, and the National Instrument the Steelpan, but Hectors’ songwriting is based on the classic Rock n Roll songbook, without neglecting the landscape of his homeland. Recognized at home as a pioneer and legend, he is no newcomer to the scene, as he led, and recorded one landmark album with ODDFELLOWS LOCAL (1991-1995) which created the underground scene in Trinidad.
ODDFELLOWS LOCAL signed a record deal with an indie label in San Francisco and released a seven-inch single in the USA.
Hector left ODDFELLOWS LOCAL in 1995 and started JOINTPOP in 1996, again pushing the local underground to new levels.
JOINTPOP recorded eight full-length albums and toured The UK five times playing gigs and festivals in England, Wales, and Scotland. They also played gigs in New York City including one at the famous PUNK ROCK venue CBGB.
The last two JOINTPOP albums were produced by Paul Kimble of the legendary USA band GRANT LEE BUFFALO. Those albums were licensed to indie labels in London, UK, and Italy.
Hector left JOINTPOP in October 2019 recognizing the work is over and done.
Now with the wandering troubadour songwriter spirit, Hector decided it is time for a change and He Will Ride Alone.
His debut solo album is now ready and it is called NATIONAL TRASH.
His influences include Hank Williams, Buck Owens, ELVIS, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, The Mighty Sparrow, Gram Parsons, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, and David Rudder.