Arsen Shomakhov

Arsen Shomakhov

Infobox Musical artist
Name = Arsen Shomakhov
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name =

Born = birth year and age|1969
Nalchik, North Caucasus, Russia
Genre = Blues rock
Occupation = Singer-songwriter, musician
Years_active = 2001–present
Label = Blues Leaf Records
URL = []

Arsen Shomakhov ( _ru. Арсен Шомаков; born 1969) is a Vancouver-based (Canada) Russian blues rock singer-songwriter and musician born in Nalchik, North Caucasus.


Guitar player, singer-songwriter Arsen Shomakhov was born in 1969 in Nalchik, in Russia’s North Caucasus. An old family piano had been the first Arsen's musical instrument. Later he discovered his passion for the guitar and began his self-education listening to the recordings of jazz and blues greats. Even while serving in the army he continued playing the guitar and furthermore formed a band with his garrison mates. In 1987 Arsen set up the band "Ragtime" (a literary allusion to E.L. Doctorow's novel). The Moscow-based Russian Blues Community affiliated with the Blues Foundation took notice of Arsen and made all possible to provide him opportunities for wider exposure. He released two albums in Russia – Heavy Steppin’ (2002) and Troublemaker (2003) and soon found himself in the limelight of public attention with the help from the radio program "All that blues" and the national TV channel "Culture". The paradoxical break-through of a gifted guitar slinger from a distant national periphery was exemplified by an American researcher Michael Urban in his book "Russia Gets The Blues" published in the U.S. in 2004. In November, 2004 Arsen met Joe Morabia, the president of American label Blues Leaf Records, who came to Moscow to negotiate a possibility to release Arsen’s music on the label. Label’s recording artists’ roaster includes Janiva Magness, 2006 Blues Music Awards winner, Paul Oscher, Steve Guyger and others. As a result of Joe Morabia’s visit to Russia, the album called "Dangerous" came out in the U.S. on February 14, 2006. In February, 2005 Russian Blues Community delegated Arsen Shomakhov to the 21st International Blues Contest held in Memphis, Tennessee. He successfully participated in Odessa Jazz Carnival (2004, Ukraine), Dark Season Blues Festival (2005, Norway) along with R. Holmstrom and M. Kashmar, for whom he also opened during their consecutive Russian tour in November, 2005. Arsen is always welcome at major Russian blues festivals, his songs are included in the airplay lists of numerous blues radio and internet stations all over the world. In Australia Arsen Shomakhov's "Troublemaker" (2003) hit the blues radio charts for several months, that helped expand his connections and led to cooperation with a popular Australia-based blues-rock guitarist Wolf Mail. In October, 2006, Arsen and Wolf Mail band successfully toured France and Russia. Currently Arsen is busy working on the material for his new album and plans to record it during 2007. With his first U.S. release Arsen Shomakhov seems well on his way as an emerging artist on the international blues scene. He moved to Vancouver, Canada in 2008.


* 2002 - "Heavy Steppin’"
* 2003 - "Troublemaker"
* 2006 - "Dangerous" Blues Leaf Records

External links

* [ Official website]
* [ Aristopia Profile of Arsen Shomakhov]

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