Chris Daniels: Blues a Mile High

After touring Europe 21 times; releasing over a dozen albums; and sharing the stage or recording studio with some of the biggest names in the music business including Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, John Oates, Sonny Landbreth, Bo Diddley, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, B.B. King, The Neville Brothers, Blues Traveller, Sheryl Crow, Ziggy Marley, The Fixx, Bela Fleck, Joe Walsh, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Lumineers, Sister Hazel, Delbert McClinton, Robert Cray, Taj Mahal, Al Jarreau, Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Coasters, The Drifters, The Platters, Randy Owens of Alabama, Mary Wilson, and Percy Sledge…what’s a guitar player to do???

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Chris Daniels has found the answer – keep playing and performing. And when he isn’t on stage with his band The Kings, Daniels is passing on his knowledge to the next generation of musicians as an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado. After over 30 years of making music on stage, working in a studio, performing in television commercials, and founding the Telluride After Hours Jam; Daniels has a great deal to offer his students when it comes to working in the music business.

A native of St. Paul, Minnesota a young Chris Daniels and his family moved around the nation with his father’s grain business, but one thing was constant – the music. Chris began playing the guitar at age 12 and has been playing music every since. Chris notes at one thing about playing the guitar is that there is always something new to learn.

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In a recent interview, Chris told the story of an occasion when he and Al Kooper were working in the studio together. Kooper had brought a white Stratacaster with him – a guitar he did not want to leave in the studio. Kooper asked Chris to take the guitar home with him. Chris admitted to playing the guitar. He finally asked Kooper about the Strat…Kooper said that Jimi Hendrix gave him the guitar in 1969 at Woodstock!

In 2010 in Chris, “got sick” – he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and given a 25 percent chance of survival. He has since beaten the odds and continues to make music.

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Chris Daniels and his band have recently released their 15th album – “Blues with Horns, Vol. 1” – a most unusual album…or rather the album package. When the album is removed from the plastic, the CD case “pops up” and opens to form a 3-D photo of the band – a collector’s album for sure.

When not teaching or playing music, Chris is a very happy grandfather to two little girls – a job he says he loves and is the father to two rescued fur babies. Chris says when the fur babies first arrived, they were unsure and reluctant but once they discovered that he fed them, all was well.

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Chris Daniels has been making music for over 30 years and has no plans of slowing down anytime soon whether it be in the classroom or as a part of his band.

photos courtesy of HyPR Media


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