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CD Reviews: Chris Beard – Live Wire

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Chris BeardLive Wire

Chris Beard, son of blues guitarist Joe Beard, literally grew up at the feet of blues legends like Buddy Guy, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, and of course, his father. Encouraged to play at a young age, he was tutored by the best. By 15, Chris was playing with his father, always keeping in mind the lessons learned from the masters. After years of honing his craft, Beard brings it all home with a real treat entitled Live Wire.

Live Wire is a combination of live performances and studio recordings. While that sounds like an odd combination, it’s effective, showcasing Beard’s ability to express himself in any setting. Whether studio or nightclub, the spontaneity and pure joy in Beard’s music is evident.

Backed by a talented band, including horns, Chris creates a fully emotional and altogether entertaining CD. My favorite cut is Ten Toes Up, a playful, yet seductive and energetic number that many of my friends have agreed is top-notch blues.

I’ve listened to Live Wire over and over, and I have a feeling you’ll do the same. Pick up a copy today. It’s worth every penny.

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