Best known for his role as lead guitarist for Chris Isaak and Silvertone since 1995, Hershel Yatovitz has had a long and impressive career as a composer, record producer, mixing engineer, guitar player, bass player, drummer, actor and music educator.
With Chris Isaak
Yatovitz recorded 11 albums with Isaak and toured extensively with the band to Canada, Mexico, Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and throughout the U.S. He’s made over 100 television appearances as well as acted and played guitar on the Showtime TV series, “The Chris Isaak Show” from 2000-2003. Yatovitz also performed alongside Stevie Nicks, Glen Campbell and Trisha Yearwood on A&E BIO Network's "The Chris Isaak Hour”.
With Some of the Many Other Artists
Yatovitz also has played with Art Alexakis (Everclear), Nicole Atkins, Michelle Branch (Santana), Junior Brown, Michael Bublé, James Burton (Elvis Presley), Glen Campbell, Brandi Carlyle, Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock), Shawn Colvin, Dick Dale, Bo Diddley, Minnie Driver, Pete Escovedo, Gloria Estefan, Mark Ford, Bruce Forman, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Nanci Griffith, Emmylou Harris, Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, Allman Bros.), Tootie Heath, James Hunter, Chris Isaak, Stephen Jenkins (Third Eye Blind), Kolvane, Lisa Loeb, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Brian McKnight, Brett Michaels (Poison), Alison Moorer, Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac), Joe Pass, Bonnie Raitt, Rufus Reid, Leann Rimes, Ritchie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Brian Setzer, Paul Stanley (Kiss), John Stowell, Ron Thompson, Pam Tillis, Waddy Wachtel, DB Walker, Joe Walsh (Eagles), Trisha Yearwood and Dweezil Zappa and more.
A player of numerous styles, including African, Blues, Calypso, Country Western, Folk, Funk, Italian, Jazz, Latin, Motown, Reggae, R&B, Rock, Soul and Western Swing, Yatovitz has said he “love[s] any kind of soulful music … there’s only two kinds of music; good and bad”.
Yatovitz met and performed for U.S. Presidents and other notable public figures and played venues including The Superbowl, The Kennedy Center, The Hollywood Bowl, TV shows with legendary musicians as well as hospitals and children’s centers. He also played in numerous San Francisco Bay Area bands and both produced and recorded local artists. If that weren’t enough he also taught guitar and bass for 17 years, including 9 years at the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University in California.
Check out his new album New album NARRABEEN due out Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Inspired by his second home at Australia’s Narrabeen Beach, Yatovitz has created a guitar-centric, instrumental/surfy journey album that goes beyond straight-surf into a multi-ethnic vibe – a little jazzy, overseas-ethnic at times. A track from it is available now on his website.