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 Blues & Beyond Review by R. Mark Rhodes
  Paragould Daily Press - Paragould, Arkansas

  Jimi Hendrix once said “Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel,” and there are many musicians out there who fall into this trap. However Chris Stevens is not one of them. His album “Blues & Beyond” is ...
acoustic blues that you can feel all the way down to your soul...

  I really liked the album. All the songs have a slow melodious groove that is perfect to put on while entertaining, relaxing or playing in the background while working. If you are a fan of the blues you will want this for your collection. If you are not a blues fan you should still check out this album as I think you will immediately become a convert. I wish the packaging had been better, but money is probably an issue considering the fact of not having a major label behind him.

  "Blues & Beyond" gets a 'B.'


Math's Amore

Georgia On My Mind

BLUES Standards

  To Book a show


  "Your songs are great."

  Larry "Hairy Larry" Heyl

  Delta Boogie Radio, Brookland, AR

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ORIGINAL Blues

Photo: Kevin Barnett

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Chris performs both his ORIGINAL SONGS

& pays Tribute and Recreates

the Experience of YOUR favorite songs

 

Wonderful World

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Stormy Monday

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Lady of the Night

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Fun On the Frets

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Outside the Door

Sunrise Blues

  "I Loved your songs."

  Sherry - Misty Blue Cafe

  Redwood, CA

FRIDAY January 29

​Livestream on Peoria Music Live Facebook page​​

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CHRIS STEVENS

Your Song

I Just Want to Make Love...

Photos: Christy Bozard-Heaton

Ramble No More

Live Video

ORIGINAL SONGS

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The Real You

COVERS

Sympathy for the Devil

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  "The crowd loved your music."

  Dana McCurdy

​  Highands Fine Food & Whiskey House

Outside Woman Blues

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  "I like your songs very much and    your way of playing blues guitar."

  Hans Altin - Huddinge, Sweden

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MUSIC CONNECTION Magazine

       LIVESTREAM REVIEW: CHRIS STEVENSLIVE REVIEWS,         MAGAZINE, REVIEWS
FEBRUARY 24, 2021
BY ERIC HARABADIAN
Livestream • Widecast Studios Peoria, IL
Contact: stingerstevens@gmail.comn.        Web: 
stevenschris.com

Material: Stevens takes the listener on a musical journey through the decades. His choice of covers and originals is based in the blues. But he also throws in a healthy dose of classic rock and pop as well. A typical set consists of an impressive array of covers such as Buddy Guy and Junior Wells’ “Messin’ With the Kid,” Ray Charles’ “Georgia On My Mind” and Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” Original songs like the jazzy, Latin grooving “Living for the Moment,” the funky upbeat “Why I Wonder” and the traditional and rootsy “Sunrise Blues” are equally strong.

Musicianship: Stevens uses a streamlined setup of acoustic guitar and a small combo amp. He is a student of Eric Clapton, Freddie King and Carlos Santana and these artists figure prominently in his lead work. He is also quite adept at utilizing a looping system for rhythms and counter melodies to effectively give certain songs additional depth and fullness. He has a very nuanced and ornamental way in which he performs elaborate intros to a number of songs. He seems to arrange and rearrange on the spot, giving the set list a fresh and spontaneous feel.

Performance: The livestream originated from the Peoria Live TV show set. And any proceeds contributed to Stevens’ performance benefitted the “Make-A-Wish” foundation. The hour-long set was fairly brisk and Stevens shared little asides and stories that linked songs together. A number of tunes were notable; namely his rough and tumble take on T-Bone Walker’s “Stormy Monday,” a rocking version of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee’s “Outside Woman Blues” and his slow and sensual cover of the standard “Summer time.”

There were a couple moments where Stevens would take pause to switch looping programs for specific songs, but he’d always maintain a dialogue with the viewing audience and keep it rolling. Toward the latter portion of the show he added some tender moments, with a unique take on the Beatles’ “Yesterday” and a heartfelt dedication to the “Make-A-Wish” beneficiaries, with Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

Summary: Chris Stevens is a blues man at heart, and he injects that passion and soulful spirit into whatever material he is doing. His comprehensive set list is impressive and many of his original songs figure prominently in that mix.

   CHRIS performs with PASSION.

   CHRIS takes the audience on a journey through time.

   CHRIS embraces the challenge of crafting a dynamic portrayal of songs - some  original & some traditional - Classic Rock & Blues from the 50's, 60's & 70's - on both acoustic and electric guitar.
  CHRIS spent years playing ‘cover songs’ and learning the signature licks of the masters which helps him bring a passionate, improvisational style of guitar and vocals to the studio and live performance stage.
    "I enjoy learning the real licks as it helps me with technique

and more importantly, artistic expression," Chris Stevens.

   CHRIS  co-founded the successful Los Angels-based Blues-Rock trio, LIAR’S DICE. He co-wrote, played the guitars and sang on the self-titled album. The album contained the original song “Don’t Change the Answer” which climbed to #2 on KSYM-FM in San Antonio, Texas. The song also reached #4 on WWVU-FM in Charleston, West Virginia. Two other songs on the album, a blues-rock cover of the Ides of March “Vehicle” and original song “Like-A-Roller” both climbed to #5 on WERG-FM in Erie, Pennsylvania.