Guitarist: Les Toth
Style: Country rock
Influences: James Burton, Steve Morse, Steve Trovato, Don Rich, Albert Lee
Main Guitar: ’67 Fender Telecaster
Location: North Vancouver, BC
Background: Initially inspired by B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, and Rory Gallagher, Toth joined a band, and later spent several years playing in top 40 groups throughout Western Canada. He started paying more attention to country pickers while in his 20s, after being hooked by Albert Lee’s solo on “Sweet Lisa.” Toth attended workshops by guitarists such as Steve Khan and Mick Goodrick, and studied privately with Will Ray and Steve Trovato—whose influence is reflected in the faux pedal-steel licks, open-string runs, and mean chicken pickin’ on his demo. Currently, Toth performs in the Greater Vancouver area, and teaches band and guitar at West Vancouver Secondary School.