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Bruce Conte, a West Coast native, honed his skills playing the local clubs of San Francisco. A lucky break came in the early '70's when his band landed the opener for hometown heroes, Tower of Power, at the legendary Fillmore. Soon after, TOP recruited Bruce resulting in a seven-year relationship including eight recordings for the young guitarist. You'll find Bruce's signature licks on hits like "What Is Hip" from the band's 1973 self-titled release, plus "Don't Change Horses in the Middle of a Stream" and "Squibb Cakes" (Back to Oakland). He also added to the Tower of Power repertoire by contributing songs like "Somewhere Down the Road" (We Came to Play), "It Can Never Be the Same" (Urban Renewal) and "Just Another Day" (Tower of Power). After a stint in Las Vegas during the 80's and brief retreat into Jazz in the late 90's, Bruce is back on familiar ground, flexing his soul and funk-drenched skills on Bullet Proof. Conte assembled an all star cast for the twelve-song CD including guest vocalists Gavin Christopher (Rufus), Bobby Kimball (Toto) and former Tower of Power band mate, Lenny Williams, who sings the title track. "I think Bruce Conte is one of the best guitarists in the business," says longtime friend and colleague Steve Perry of Journey. "(Bullet Proof) fits the current blues style while retaining the funk and R&B sound Bruce is famous for."

Bullet Proof, Severn CD 0015

Bruce Conte, Rumor Has It, R-Town Records RT-5730
Bruce Conte, Right From My Heart, Lucky Records LRS-060
Tower of Power, The Very Best Of Tower of Power The Warner Years, Rhino Records 74345
Tower of Power, What Is Hip? Tower of Power Anthology, Rhino Records 75788
Tower of Power, We Came To Play, Columbia Records 34906
Tower of Power, Live & In Living Color, Warner Brothers 2924
Tower of Power, Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now, Columbia Records 34302
Tower of Power, In The Slot, Warner Brothers 2880
Tower of Power, Urban Renewal, Warner Brothers 2834
Tower of Power, Warner Brothers 2749
Tower Of Power, Tower of Power, Warner Brothers 2681