Multi-talented Grammy Award-winning blues artist, producer, composer and actor Chris Thomas King was born in 1962. His father, Tabby Thomas is a well-respected blues musician and owner of the famed Baton Rouge blues club Tabby’s Blues Box and Heritage Hall.
He grew up among the finest blues musicians in the genre at his father’s blues club and began touring with artists like Buddy Guy and B. B. King in his teens. His music was not only influenced by the blues, but by early hip-hop and country music, styles he fuses to create his own unique sound. He writes, arranges, sings and plays all instruments on most of his recordings and produces them as well in his New Orleans recording studio. Chris is the most successful blues musician of his generation having sold more than ten million records in the United States. Chris Thomas King will play with his trio [Vocals, Guitar, Piano / Chris Thomas King;Bass / Danny Infante; Drums/ Jeff Mills] at 8pm on Friday, December 11 at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show. Tickets for a special Meet and Greet with King prior to the show are $35. Advance tickets are available at www.wslr.org.
As a respected actor and film composer, King garnered high praise for his role as Delta blues man Tommy Johnson in his film debut O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) and won several awards, including Country Music and Grammy Awards for his contribution to the score. He followed up this success with a strong supporting role in the Oscar Winning Ray Charles biopic, Ray, playing band leader Lowell Fulson and scoring the music for the movie with Ray Charles. He played the role of Blind Willie Johnson in the award winning Martin Scorsese PBS series The Blues and has been featured in or produced and starred in a number of other films and documentaries.