Chris Duarte Group Biography

Chris Duarte Group emerged on the scene out of Austin, Texas, in the early ‘90s and gained notoriety after wowing a packed room of industry insiders at the SXSW convention. In the wake of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s passing, Duarte quickly gained a national reputation as young man imbued with a playing style comparable at times to the late guitarist. After fielding interest from a number of labels, Duarte signed to Silvertone Records and his debut album “Texas Sugar/Strat Magik” sold in excess of 100,000 units in the United States, no small feet for a blues/rock guitarist. This, coupled with Duarte’s strong commitment to touring, was the impetus for Chris winning the “Best New Talent” in Guitar Player’s 1995 Reader’s Poll. He also finished fourth in the magazine’s “Best Blues Guitarist” category that year behind legends Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and B.B. King. Throughout the last decade, Duarte honed his chops as a guitarist, songwriter and singer as he recorded three more critically acclaimed records, “Tailspin Headwhack” in 1997, “Love Is Greater Than Me” in 2000 and “Romp” in 2003, the latter two of which were on the Zoe/Rounder label.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Duarte has constantly worked on his growth as a musician. The years of recording and touring culminated purposefully in 2007’s “Blue Velocity,” a record which aptly showcased many sides of this brilliant artist and was commercially and critically one of the most successful releases in Blues Bureau’s history. Duarte’s new CD “Vantage Point” is poised to surpass the expectations of his loyal fan base as it features Duarte’s best work in the context of high energy blues rock and contains moments that bring to mind legendary artists as diverse as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Johnson.

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