Chris Thomas King
Born in 1962, guitarist Chris Thomas King became the last major folk blues discovery of the 20th Century when he was discovered in Louisiana in 1979 by a folklorist from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. He was introduced to the world the following year by venerable folk label Arhoolie Records as an authentic folk blues successor to Huddie Ledbetter, Muddy Waters, Mississippi John Hurt and Manse Lipscomb. As the darling of blues purists and aficionados, and the last great hope of the waning folk blues revival, which began during the 1960's folk movement, Chris Thomas King shocked the music world in the early 90's when he abandoned all pretenses of primitivism and embraced hip hop modernity and digital aesthetics, turning the blues world upside down. King moved to Europe in 1993 and went on to write and produced a series of ground breaking recordings including 21st Century Blues and My Pain Your Pleasure, which boldly challenged the ostensible primitivism ideology of "authenticity" as either naive romanticism or an outright bigoted appropriation of his culture. The French were enthralled by his subversive bohemian stance and he was lauded a genius for his transcendent folk art. As fate would have it, King was chosen by the Coen brothers to play the role of itinerant bluesman Tommy Johnson alongside George Clooney in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? Larger than life on the silver screen, Chris Thomas King, acoustic guitar in hand, captivated audiences the world over. His authenticity as a folk blues artist, by any measure, proved to be undeniable.
Venue: The Clayton Opera House
403 Riverside Dr Map
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