Chris Duarte is coming to Beer Geeks in Highland, In. on March 10th. Tickets are only $10.00 in advance. The price goes up to $15.00 at the door. Show time is 7:00 pm. Beer Geeks is only about 30 miles from downtown Chicago.
Some may remember Chris playing in the region at the Munster Blues, Jazz and Fine Arts Festival when he was first starting out. Not sure what year that was exactly. It was probably around 1994 or 1995 when his debut album “Texas Sugar/Strat Magik” was garnering regular radio play with the song “My Way Down”. That first album sold over a 150,000 copies. Quite an accomplishment for a blues based artist.
Back in those days he was compared to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Stevie had passed away and it seemed as if people were looking for the next great Texas blues guitar slinger to come along and take his place. The San Antonio born/ Austin based musician was voted Guitar Player Magazine’s best new guitarist in 1995. He also finished as fourth best blues guitarist behind Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and BB King. That’s some pretty impressive company.
After the success of his debut album, his sophomore album, “Tailspin Headwack” only sold in the 35,000 copy range and was a commercial failure. It got away from the gritty blues style that he gained success with on the first recording. He also had to deal with a heroin addiction*. His record label dropped him and his wife gave him the ultimatum, choose your family or the drugs.
Cleaning up his act was the best thing for him. His comeback led him to team up with Doyle Bramhall, who produced his 2000 CD, “Love Is Greater Than Me”. Doyle and Stevie Ray were childhood friends. Doyle also performed at the Munster Blues, Jazz and Fine Arts Festival in that same era.
Since then Chris has been putting out recordings consistently. His music touches on blues, jazz, rock and funk. He likes to do a little Hendrix too. Those tributes to Jimi can turn into fine extended jams.
In addition to seeing Chris way back in Munster, this writer has caught his act in Chicago at the Park West and in Milwaukee at Summer Fest warming up Joe Satriani on a 4th of July show. It’s been a while, but fans (including this writer) should be jacked to see him again after a long interval.
Chris has a new album out called “Lucky 13”, which was released last October. It’s his thirteenth official release.
Although the show is on a Tuesday, they start promptly at 7:00. Very helpful if one has to work the next day, providing an opportunity to get home at a reasonable time. Beer Geeks features craft beer only. Quality music and beer will combine for a truly enjoyable evening. Cheers!
*October 21, 2004 12:00 am • ALAN SCULLEY – SPECIAL TO The Daily Herald – http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/blues-rocker-duarte-rebounds-from-rock-bottom/article_dbccb75b-49ef-53b5-a998-9f422c1973a6.html