Ty Tabor (born September 17, 1961 in Pearl, Mississippi) is the lead guitarist, songwriter, and co-lead vocalist for the progressive metal band, King's X.
Tabor has a wide-ranging guitar style, from big guitar riffs to soaring melodic passages. His use of volume swells and ambient passages add an elemental texture to his compositions. His influences include The Beatles, Mick Ronson, Brian May, Alex Lifeson, Ace Frehley, Jimi Hendrix, Phil Keaggy, Hum, and the original Alice Cooper band.
After writing and performing almost exclusively for King's X for over 15 years, Tabor's first solo album, Naomi's Solar Pumpkin, was released independently in 1997. Most of the songs from that debut appeared (re-recorded) on his following 1998 album, Moonflower Lane. It was released on Metal Blade Records with much wider distribution as well as a few new tracks, and also featured drummer Alan Doss on the entire album. Tabor's next release was 2002's Safety, a much more introspective album that reflected on his then-recent divorce.
Tabor's fourth solo album entitled Rock Garden was released in 2006. His fifth solo album, entitled Balance, was released on December 6, 2008. His sixth solo album "Something's Coming" was released in March 2010.
Tabor has also been a member of several other bands. He played guitar and sang in Platypus featuring Rod Morgenstein (previously of the Dixie Dregs and Winger) on drums, John Myung (of Dream Theater) on bass, and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (of Planet X and formerly Dream Theater). They released two albums. The same group minus Derek Sherinian continued on as The Jelly Jam and currently have two full length albums to their credit.
Ty played guitar solos on 2 tracks, Ode To Pain and Goodbye 25, with Dallas/Houston friends, Mind Body Soul, on their self titled 4 song EP in 1998, which Ty also mixed and mastered.
Tabor was also involved with the band Jughead featuring two-time David Lee Roth band member Gregg Bissonette (drums), Derek Sherinian (keyboards), and Matt Bissonette (lead vocals, bass). Jughead's self-titled LP was released in 2002 on InsideOut Music.
Tabor has guest appearances on several albums including two different Carmine Appice Guitar Zeus albums, Loudness drummer Munetaka Higuchi's Free World album, and Gregg Bissonette's self titled solo record.
He also played electric guitar and bass on King's X bandmate Jerry Gaskill's solo album Come Somewhere.
He currently has an ambient / electronica style project with Wally Farkas called Xenuphobe. They have 2 albums that were released through Molken Music.
Tabor also sang one of the human roles on Ayreon's recent release, 01011001. He played the character "Ty" in the first interlude, Connect the Dots.
Tabor, along with King's X bandmate Doug Pinnick and former Galactic Cowboys members Wally Farkas and Alan Doss, have a new band called The Jibbs who have a single song available for download to benefit relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.
Tabor has also opened his own recording and mastering facility in Katy, TX. called Alien Beans Studios. He has mastered numerous album projects as well as produced albums by The Rez Band, Jerry Gaskill's solo album "Come Somewhere" and many others.