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2019 Shows

1-2 Faithful Pilot

1-5 Jamie's Outpost

2-2  Uptown BIll's

Stormy Monday

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Sliver of Blue

Messing With the Kid

  "You can certainly use me as a


Kristyne Gilbert  

Executive Director  

Buchanan Center for the Arts  

Monmouth, Illinois


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Acoustic & Electric Guitar & Vocals

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Touch My Hand

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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 a mixture of original and cover acoustic blues that you can feel all the way down to your soul.

  The third cover on the album is track eight, a cover of Peter Green's "Black Magic Woman", first recorded by Fleetwood Mac, but made famous by Carlos Santana. Steven's version is an instrumental acoustic version and I really enjoy the slow smooth tempo of the song.

  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.'

 CHRIS a skillful guitarist / vocalist draws on decades of experience to perform a variety of styles suitable for YOUR show, event, party or....

  CHRIS can rock the house both electric & acoustic BLUES, or perform an entire night of soft instrumental music for the background at your wedding, restaurant, social gathering, or art gallery opening / closing reception.

  CHRIS also performs Classic Rock / Pop, & Electric music with the Classic Rock & Rockin' Blues band INDUSTRIAL WOOD.

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Down to the Delta

The Devil Lives Forever

​  CHRIS a skilled guitarist / vocalist draws on decades of experience.

  CHRIS performs BLUES with PASSION.

  Chris wears a smile as he embraces the challenge of crafting a dynamic portrayal of his favorite songs - some  original, some traditional blues - on both acoustic and electric guitar. Chris adds vocals and the focus on his versions of popular songs generates the Stevens Style.
  Chris has performed his versions of songs on the festival stages in central Illinois including: Budweiser Illinois Blues Festival, Miller Lite
llinois Blues Festival, Budweiser Grand Nationals, Summer Camp, Taste of Peoria, Frost Yer Buns and more.
  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.
  Years of playing ‘cover songs’ and learning the signature licks of Eric Clapton, Freddie King, Carlos Santana, Duane Allman, Buddy Guy and many others help Chris bring a passionate, improvisational style of guitar and vocals to the studio and live performance stage.

  "It was so cool to have my friend Chris Stevens play soulful guitar at my opening at the Buchanan Center for the Arts, in Monmouth, IL.     

   Please contact me if you need a great musician to play at your party or reception. Thanks.

  Here's a link to a live video.    

  "Your songs are great and will fit in well. I picked four songs for Delta Boogie Radio."

Larry "Hairy Larry" Heyl - Delta Boogie Radio Brookland, Arkansas  

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

Hans Altin - Blues Radio - Huddinge Sweden  

  "I loved your songs and would be pleased to add them to my playlist."

Sherry - Misty Blue Cafe - Internet Radio - Redwood, CA

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Chris  also gives expert instruction. Watch and listen to this podcast as Chris gives some great tips on how to play Blues guitar like the professionals

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  "Everybody I talked to loved your set."
                     Robert Satler
                     Promoter, ARKFEST

  "Chris created a fun atmosphere during our opening reception at the ARTery. This talented gentleman is a pleasure to work with... professional, courteous... The crowd was pleased with the music, which made me a happy gallery director."
                      Carolyn Kreuger, The ARTery

                      Rock Island, IL

 STEP by STEP a Guitar Method Book.

Chris worked in the studios in Los Angeles throughout the 1980's.

This Method will give you all the information

you need to play like the professionals.

You will learn the "Nashville Number System"

plus learn how to:

Form the real scales, the real 7th chords,

how to count, and more 'insider' tips and tricks.

STEP by STEP is available on CD for $19.95 plus $3 for shipping first class.

Send questions or orders with your name & snail mail address to

2018 Shows

  1-13 Elks Club 

  1-27 Highlands Fine Food & Whiskey House

  2-10 Delta on the Square

  3-9 Hy-Vee, Clinton, IA

  3-15 Office on Main

  3-17 Black Rose, LeClaire, IA

  3-31 LeClaire Easter Egg Hunt

  3-31 Highlands Fine Food & Whiskey House

  4-6 Hy-Vee, Clinton, IA

  4-13 The ARTery Party

  4-27 Mt. Hawley Country Club

  4-28 Elks Club

  4-29 Psycho Silo

  5-12 Boondocks

  5-19 American Legion, Cambridge, IL

  5-26 Crescent City Tap

  5-28 Psycho Silo

  5-31 Kuchies on the Water

  6-2 Boondocks

  6-7 Obed & Issac's Microbrewery

  6-8 Kelleher's Pub

  6-9 Vendetta's Party

  6-16 Geneseo Music Festival

 6-16 Red's Bar & Grill

  6-23 Psycho Silo

  6-23 Highlands Fine Food & Whiskey House

  6-28 Kuchie's on the Water

  7-7 Chiefs Bar & Grille

  7-14 Second Saturday - Muscatine, Iowa

  7-20 Psycho Silo

  7-21 Kewanee Dunes Golf Club

  7-22 Levitt AMP Concert Series Dinner

  7-28 Bishop Hill Creative Commons

  8-4 Beach Part with Coco Loco

  8-9 Kuchies on the Water

  8-10 ARKfest Music Festival

  8-11 Psycho Silo

  8-13 Brown Bag Concert

  8-18 Cannabis Summer Camp

  8-24 Spirit of Peoria Moonlight Cruise

  9-1 Psycho Silo

  9-7 Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy

  9-8 Crescent City Tap

  9-13 Kuchies on the Water

  9-14 The ARTery

  9-15 Hawg House Saloon

  9-22 Spirit of Peoria

  9-29 Highlands Fine Food & Whiskey House

10- 4 156 East

10- 5  Hawg House Saloon

10-12 Corner Connection

10-17 Courtyard Estates

10-27 Linda Lou's 116 Club

11-3 Uptown Bill's

11-9 Private party

11-10 Highlands Fine Food

11-17 Sessions with Skinny

11-21 Hawg House Saloon

11-24 The Frontier

12-7 The ARTery party

12-15 Private party

12-22 Private party

12-31 Hawg House Saloon

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I Just Want to Make Love