Growing up in Southwest Florida, Alfonso Llamas sat by his parents’ record player, listening to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Beatles. He would beg his father to get out his old electric guitar and play songs like "House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals. At age 12, Llamas was shown how to play his first song, Johnny B. Goode. After he proved that he was committed to playing guitar by learning on his father's department store electric, his parents promised to match whatever money he saved toward his own. At thirteen, Llamas bought his first guitar, an Ibanez RX-7.
An autodidactic musician by nature, Llamas learned to play entirely by ear. Early inspirations were Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and CCR. As he entered his teens and formed his first band, coined SX3, his music was greatly influenced by emotional punk bands such as Jimmy Eat World, Blink 182 and The Get Up Kids. SX3 was known to perform at house parties and Lely High School.
After two years of college, Llamas became the guitarist for Penny Arcade and played bass guitar for Finding Away. They achieved some local success, playing shows throughout SW Florida. His own music continued to mature, as Llamas started the band Revenge For Hire, recruiting his brother, Aaron Llamas as the drummer. The struggle to keep a consistent bass player compelled Llamas to find an unconventional outlet for his talent. As co-creator of The Nomadic Project, Alfonso Llamas composes his music from the road with an acoustic guitar and 12" Powerbook. He and his wife, visual artist, Kristin Abraham, are connecting the country through art with The Nomadic Project. Llamas' original music can be heard at www.TheNomadicProject.com while he prepares for the 2007 release of The Nomadic Project album.
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