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Artist Interview : The B. Christopher Band

Tell us the brief history of your band or musical career. I spent the first 20 years playing clubs like most people. Including 10 years touring in a blues / rock band all over The US and Canada. I got in to recording music for television in the early 2000’s and have had my music used thousands of times on television in the last 15 years. Who are your musical and non-musical influences? My biggest influence to start playing guitar as a kid was undoubtedly Kiss. Very quickly I became quite interested in blues music. My biggest influences have always been Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and a NYC blues musician Michael Powers. These days I’ve been really influenced by the blues musicians of the 50’s and 60’s. Elmore James and John Lee Hooker have been in my ears quite a bit for a while now. ​ What album has had the greatest impact on your life as a musician? For me it’s a song more than an entire album. Eric Clapton’s version of “Have You Ever Loved A Woman” from the Layla album has floored me from the first time I heard it. It is definitely my favorite blues recording I’ve heard. ​ What’s your favorite accomplishment as a musician thus far? The musicians I have recorded with is by far my favorite accomplishment. Anton Fig, Nathan East, Stu Hamm and Jerry Portnoy to name a few. To record with the musicians that played on records I grew up listening to just means the world to me. ​ What's new in the recording of your music? How has your music changed over the years? My music seems to really change from album to album. I’ve done Adult Contemporary albums, Blues albums and even a Surf Rock album. I like to keep changing things up. But it always seems to have a foot in the blues. If you could play anywhere or with anyone in the world, where or with who would it be? No question, it would be Eric Clapton, in a garage. I don’t need an audience. Just a good band would be enough for me. If you could change anything about the music industry today, what would it be? The return of the infrastructure of the music business. Without the infrastructure I don’t think there will ever be another Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty or Eric Clapton. It’s just one hit wonders that are here today and gone later today. It takes big money to get great artists into the public eye. Without the infrastructure of the labels I just don’t see anymore legendary acts happening, which is a terrible thing. Tell us a fun fact about yourself I can juggle. ​ What is the best way to stay updated on current news; gigs, releases, etc. My website. www.bchristopherband.comWhat's next for your band? I am working on a new blues record currently. I am hopeful that it will be released in the late spring of 2022. It’s a different kind of record for me. Lots of slide guitar and harmonica.

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