Photo: Christy Bozard-Heaton
Photo : Christy Bozard-Heaton
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.'
"Your songs are great."
Larry "Hairy Larry" Heyl
Delta Boogie Radio, Brookland, AR
Sympathy for the Devil
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"I play all the hipsters, man!" Tom Foley, host of Kudzu Blues WVKC 90.7 FM.
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Chris walked out of the cornfields of north central Illinois and into the world of Blues as a young boy. Weekends at the local roller rink led him to the guitar playing of the three ‘Kings’ of Blues - BB, Freddie and Albert.
Ramble No More
Lady of the Night
Fun On the Frets
Chris spent years spent learning the signature licks of the 'Kings' as well as Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy & more as he plays a smooth, improvisational style of Guitar coupled with a passionate performance.
Videos: Darren Schultz
I Just Want to Make Love...
Down to the Delta
Georgia On My Mind
Outside Woman Blues
"I Loved your songs."
Sherry - Misty Blue Cafe
People sometimes ask why I play musical instruments and sing, Music is the expression of inner feelings. I particularly enjoy playing acoustic as there is nowhere to hide. I can't duck behind volume, distortion, or effects. Plain, pure & simple musical expression.
Chris performs both his ORIGINAL SONGS
& pays Tribute and Recreates the Experience of YOUR favorite songs
"I like your songs very much and your way of playing blues guitar."
Hans Altin - Huddinge, Sweden
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.
CHRIS has performed at festivals with headline acts including: Johnny Winter, Savoy Brown, Dave Mason, John Mayall, Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepperd, and more
MUSIC CONNECTION Magazine
LIVESTREAM REVIEW: CHRIS STEVENSLIVE REVIEWS, MAGAZINE, REVIEWS
FEBRUARY 24, 2021
BY ERIC HARABADIAN
Livestream • Widecast Studios Peoria, IL
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.