Ally McErlaine, guitarist with the band Texas and member of the alt-country trio Red Sky July, is appealing for help to find a lost guitar. Ally was given the mid-1970s Gibson ES 335 Sunburst when he joined Texas aged 17 and he has played it on every album by the band and on all their tours.
The guitar was featured on the front cover of the 1989 Texas single ‘I Don't Want A Lover’.
The vintage guitar, which is valued at more than £3000, has a coil tap switch on the lower horn and had the machine heads replaced with locking ones. It went missing backstage at a charity concert in Battersea Park in 2012.
“I didn’t worry immediately as I was optimistically hoping that it would turn up…that someone would realise that they had picked it up by mistake and that it would make its way back to me. After all this time it still hasn’t surfaced. It is priceless to me, I would love to find it so am hoping that someone will recognise it from the pictures and return it to me” said Ally.
As well as being a member of Texas, Ally has formed Red Sky July with his wife Shelly Poole (Alisha’s Attic) and Charity Hair (The Alice Band and, latterly, The Ailerons with Blur’s Dave Rowntree). The alt-country trio release their second album ‘Shadowbirds’ on September 15th and have recently announced that they will be touring in August with Steve Earle and with Sheryl Crow in October.
In addition to their own previous headline national tours, support slots with the likes of Deacon Blue, James Walsh (Starsailor) preceded them joining Jools Holland as special guests on his UK summer tour and his sold out performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Most recently the band toured with renowned Nashville singer/songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman on her UK tour, both opening for her and performing as her band. Red Sky July also performed at the Scottish Music Awards where they were presented with a prestigious Tartan Clef award by Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.
‘Shadowbirds’ is releases on September 15th 2014 www.redskyjuly.com @redskyjuly /redskyjuly
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