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Chris Duarte Group

b. 16 February 1963, San Antonio, Texas, USA. This incredibly talented guitarist/songwriter moved to Austin, Texas in the late 70s, where he immersed himself in the local club scene. He enjoyed a spell with Bobby Mack before bursting onto the blues scene in 1994 with the release of Texas Sugar/Strat Magik, on which he was backed by John Jordan (bass) and Brannen Temple (drums). The album brought immediate acclaim for the band’s gritty, intense southern blues sound, with Duarte singled out for his technique. Indeed, in the 1995 Guitar World magazine Readers’ Poll, he was voted fourth best blues guitarist behind the much more established and esteemed company of Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and B.B. King. Texas Sugar Strat Magik was additionally voted fourth best blues album. Duarte described the band’s sound as ‘blues based, but it has that loud aggressive edge that punk had. I liked Dead Kennedys, Sex Pistols, Dead Boys, anything that was hard.’ The decision to employ producer Dennis Herring, the former Los Angeles session guitarist previously noted for his work with Camper Van Beethoven and Throwing Muses, was also interesting. Afterwards the album was promoted on US touring dates with Buddy Guy. Tailspin Headwhack built on the debut’s blues edge by incorporating tape loops, wah-wah, and some tasteful sampling. After a three-year hiatus, during which he moved to the Zoë label, Duarte returned with Love Is Greater Than Me. The latest incarnation of his power trio consists of Damien Lewis (drums) and Dustin Sargent (bass), both were present onBlue Velocity.
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song6garden
Fkn awesome GO TEXAS FOR THIS!!!
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ninja4fun
Now an Atlanta based player...see you at Darwins my brotha
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My kind of blues based axe slinger, awesome stuff.
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Cannot believe so many of you haven't heard of him. been around for awhile. Guess everyone can't be blessed and born an raised in Texas. It's where all the GREAT ones come from.
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racinmo
I love Texas blues and all who play and love it too. Terry Raceina, Lansing, IL
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racinmo
I love the Texas blues and all that play it. Terry Raceina, Lansinf,IL.
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gregoryfox9
Just saw Chris play tonight in a small nightclub. Completely blow away. I never got the chance to see SRV. Chris is pretty damn close. Amazing performance!
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Just stumbled onto this. Completely blown away.
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Love my bigg legg woman
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I thought l knew a lot about Texas blues how did i miss this guy he rocks
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'Like Eric' playing ...I WANNA MOSH!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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angelalane12 3 4
This freaked me out this isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on 10 songs you will have the best day of your life Tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in Your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love u or I am sorry
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i am a big fan keep on jammin bro
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Definitely reminiscent of SRV
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nice
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Wow great!
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staticlines5
Damn!
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scott8326
I am all wore out!!!!
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CDG wif flat out wear you out when you see them LIVE!!!
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mazzarocks
Chris....Chr i s . . . . . C h r i s ! You rock! On your recordings and live. The whole package... Dont know we could live without you now dude.
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cactusj85
Down with broadcast radio who never aired this worthy stuff. Up with Pandora for bringing us what we can't get anywhere else.
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Can't believe I've never heard him before .He is freakin awesome . This is why I love Pandora .
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russellmcwho r t e r
Awesome player ... awesome human being. Buy his music!!! Go see him live!!! He's very accessible and genuine, as other have noted. What SRV did with the 3 Kings, Henderix, Sumlin, and others ... Chris Duarte has done with SRV, Hendrix, Trower, and others ... that is, blended it all into a style that is now all his own. Again, his live shows will blow you away! GO SEE HIM!!!
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One of THEE most under rated, under promoted Blues/Rock guitar players..... . E V E R ! ! ! Rory Gallagher and Roy Buchanan were two others who are not with us any longer. Chris needs to be up there in popularity with Bonamassa, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, etc. And YES, go see him and take ALL your Blues/Rock guitar friends with you! THEY WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED ! ! !
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There's no doubt he has chops. He leans a little on Stevie but its ok Stevie lent on Albert King who lent on BB King who lent on Lonnie Johnson
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I hear some Texas axeman in him as well as homage to the blues guitar in general...he owns this style
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Saw srv p pac prov right before he died Ive never believed in reincarnatio n buttt!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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I'm glad Gaddgal had such a good time meeting him. You sold me I will check him out with some other blues buffs. We're huge Stevie Ray fans so I bet this is right up our alley
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gaddgal
Chris is not only a great musician. He's one of the sweetest guys you'll ever meet! Go see him live, he would love to meet you. He's very genuine.
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Diggen his play
BIG time!
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Just became a fan....wow
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Wow I just got blown away Chris u rock
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Chris you are a great get -down funky player! Love it.
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angieb505
i have a new favorite :D i never look up artists info on pandora...Ch r i s Duarte Group sweet! feel like i just discovered sliced bread! :D
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This guy getsdown he could play with anyone he uis f**kin bad
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Wow!!! F**KING AWESOME!!!
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mazzarocks
Chris....you so deserve these praises....t h a n k you for your gifts so generously shared.. b & n
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This a bad mother f**ker
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tarnold9100
Used to go every March to see him play at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, AR. The guy is a monster player that has to be seen LIVE to really appreciate. He'd play for 2 1/2 hours, break for 30 to meet & greet, then play for another 2+ hours. Don't know who was more worn out at the end of the night: the crowd or him. I'm thinking the crowd...
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The boy got funky on this cut get down
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This guy is awsome first time hearing his soul tearing guitar he is a top axeman he hot he remind he of the late SRV WOW!!!!!!
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tandgl
BLAZING SHREDDING & TONE
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mbromleyphot o g r a p h y
Awesome first time listening and I'm going to buy some albums now!
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larrymartins o n
1st time listener big time fan
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whoroszko
Damn Sam....smoki n ' hot licks. Thought someone had found a 'lost' SRV track. This brother can play with the best of 'em.

Wish he was touring somewhere in the midwest
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veralcarroll
killer
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It makes ya sick, try hard to achieve good skills. Then you here this awesomeness. I quit too. He is a master blues man.
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JUST KISSED MY BG AND IT FELT SO GOOD ME AND MY BG WE NEED A HALF OF A DAY
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I'm done wit guitar!!!!!! ! ! ! . . f * * * ! !
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THAT SEARING TONE!!!!!!.. O M G
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