photo by Bob Burchess

A "must" for any roadtrip...

Exciting changes are in store for 2016! Chris has been in the studio recording his next album featuring former drummer Chris Burroughs! No news yet on a release date or title, but go here for session photos and updates from Chris himself! He also recently moved back to his old stomping grounds of Austin, Texas and is on the road with a new band that features Chris Alexander on bass and Nick Forchione on drums.

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Lincoln, Nebraska

It always seems too long between visits by the Chris Duarte Group! The band's last visit to Nebraska skipped The Zoo last year, so we were all ready for the band to "play their asses off". I had to duck out at the end of the first set to preside at a wedding rehearsal, getting back a few songs into the second, so I didn't keep a set list, but took a picture of the list as it set on the back of the stage, which you all can peruse at your convenience. Lots of out-of-town fans were present including Tony & Traci, Brock & Samantha and Kenny from Wichita, as well as Greg & Diana, who taped the show (thanks Greg for graciously moving your camera so I could get in close for some photos). Chris and the (new) boys took the stage a little earlier than usual, being booked for the Friday Afternoon Club (FAC). Chris started off with a few jokes, but it's evident that he should stick with his main job of providing electrifying and exciting music to the masses! There was also a new pair of sidemen, playing their fourth show with Chris, Chris Alexander on bass, who has played with Samantha Fish, and Nick Forchione on drums. Mr. Duarte mentioned that this was the first time the whole band had long hair! I remember in years past Chris using hand signals to clue the new band members in to the key, chord changes etc. This time the guys had notes posted on their set lists; Nick had a 3-ring binder with drum charts that looked like they'd be at home on the wall of a pharaoh's tomb. Despite the newness of the lineup, the trio was tight and provided rockin' versions of CDG favorites. One moment that stuck in my mind was Chris noodling around between songs by playing the intro to Yes's 'Siberian Khatru'…who'd have guessed a prog rock song at a CDG show? Although I would have paid double to hear them play the whole song!

Photos and review by Thomas Joyce



Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Here's a collage of shots from the show! Yoshi Ogasahara was on tour with the Chris Duarte Group for some shows in July and August. It was great to see him again with Chris, they have a natural chemistry together. Chris will be going to Japan with Yoshi in November for a tour. Actor James Woods (photo above) was also in attendance at this show!

Photos by Brian Douglas





Manchester, Connecticut

Here's some more great shots from this hairy tour!

Photos by Brian Douglas



Palmer, Massachusetts

The Chris Duarte Group made their third appearance on this show. It is always beautifully filmed with full, rich sound - a CDG fan's dream! Click below for videos from this broadcast:

Ain't Gonna' Hurt No More

Angry Man

You Know That You're Wrong - Minefield Of My Mind

Bb Blues

You Suck!

For No One

Jump The 'Trane

Metaphor Song

Crazy For Your Love


Yes, It's You

Wasting Away

Plus an interview (here and here) with Art Tipaldi of "Blues Music" magazine!




Willington, Connecticut

Check out this wicked setlist!

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - With A Little Help from My Friends
Jump The Trane / Scrawl / Watch Out / It Comes To Me Naturally
Hard Mind / Kohima Ridge / Star-Spangled Banner / Manic Depression
Sunshine Of Your Love / Bb Blues / Hold Back The Tears / Drivin' South
Voodoo Child / Leave Her Be / Crazy / I Love You So Madly
Open Up Your Back Door / Drifting Away / Wasting Away / Hideaway
Let's Have A Party / Show Me That You Want It / Metaphor Song / Little Wing
Yes, It's You / Satisfy / Boogaloo / Angry Man / My Way Down
Hey Joe / Catfish Blues / Make Me Feel So Right

Photo by John Dadalt






Manchester, Connecticut

1st Set: Jump The 'Trane / Ain't Gonna Hurt No More / Angry Man
Ridin' / Here I Come / Big-Legged Woman / Do The Romp
Let's Have A Party / I Bucked It Up / Tailspin Headwack
Show Me That You Want It / Metaphor Song / Wasting Away / Fire
That's Alright / Screenwriter's Blues
2nd Set: Bb Blues / The Best That I Can Do / Letter To My Girlfriend
Leave My Soul Alone / One More Cup Of Coffee
Minefield Of My Mind / For No One / I Love You So Madly
Setting Sun / Sundown Blues / My Way Down / Cleopatra - Like Eric

Photos by John Dadalt













Islip, New York

Well, it was a sensational night and it has taken me this long to recover (that's when you know you had a good time). I drove down Montauk Highway, remembering when it was a dirt road, and had never been to Treme/Islip. I had to make this one because I first saw Chris Duarte twenty years ago when I heard "Cleopatra". The song wrapped around me like a serpent and I was hooked. And I was hooked on that guitar and have been following him ever since. The last time was a couple of years ago at The Riverhead Blues Festival. Oh yeah, we all remember "sounds like Stevie Ray", "a little like Hendrix", but it was the psychedelic picking he did that got me off. I sat there at The Stephen Talkhouse maybe seven times and saw him erupt before me many a night. Then I followed him into the Japanese progressive phase and took a bunch of friends and tried to show them what a great guitarist he was, but when he came over with Bluestone and their music wit just wasn't for me. Chris Duarte is a player that truly excels in a trio. So now he is back in his comfortable trio with Dustin Sargent on bass and John McKnight on drums. I had my reserved seat at the bar. Treme/Islip is a very nice place with nice lighting and an intimate setting for a band of Chris's ability. He was very tight in the first set and did some of his Texas shuffle blues that got people moving right away. It seemed everyone was familiar with "Big- Legged Woman" and "My Way Down". The songs from the classic first two albums are what everyone remembers the most. Chris invited Phil Varca from the legendary blues band Phil Varca & The SlamJammers. His muscular approach to the blues fit perfectly with Duarte's licks. One of the hardest things as a guitarist is to sing and play and Chris's vocals have come a long way. He knows where he can go with his voice and where he can't. But sitting there on the night of B.B. King's death, I would not have wanted to be anywhere else. So twenty years later, it is still Chris Duarte and yes he is among the top blues players out there, and yes he is self taught, and yes he still packs it all up in a van and ekes out a living. But it felt like a happening last night in Islip and the monitors buzz attested to that. I left and saw Chris guzzling water in the parking lot between the second and third set and told him thanks for coming out. Still a very warm personality and is eager to please. "Lucky 13" is his new album, representing thirteen studio albums that he has presented. Here's hoping that Chris makes his way east again and Treme/Islip has more shows with top-named acts. Sometimes it's those musicians that travel under the radar that prove to be the most inspiring and work the hardest. Well if you want to see a musician do just that - and you like Stevie Ray and Hendrix and Trower and Santana and electric jazz guitar and psychedelic guitar - get out and see a show. Thank God there are musicians left like Chris Duarte who do not get defeated by the corporate game that plays with talent. He has come into his own, and like he said to me last night, "I'm determined, Gerard. I ain't done yet." We should all have a passion for something that makes us say at a certain point in our lives those exact words. Later....

- review by Gerard Hill, photo by Anthony Novello


...and here's some more comments on this show...

I had the pleasure of seeing Chris again at Treme, a very cool little place in Islip, NY.For those of us points east on Long Island, it is a pleasure not to have to travel to Manhattan for every artist we want to see. Chris was his usual back-side kicking self, with his backing band staying right with him. The set list was more modern for him, particularly since I had gotten used to listening to shows from 2002-2010. He mixed up some gems from the past (Letter To My Girlfriend, My Way Down) to keep some of us happy just the same. His tone was as good as I have heard from him, and he just wailed, whether it was the quiet passages or the roar through the ether. The man doesn't repeat himself. I imagine I can speak for many of us who are eternally grateful for someone who keeps exploring, surprising, pushing and plain tearing it up in this day and age. Thank you Chris!!! Now, if we (the community) can just make it worth his while to keep coming out this direction! Be well, all!

- John Tsouris













Colorado Springs, Colorado

1st Set: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - With A Little Help from My Friends / I'll Never Know
Letter To My Girlfriend /
Scrawl / Let's Have A Party / I Bucked It Up / Get Outta' My Way
Dreaming Of Tomorrow /
Satisfy / Bb Blues
2nd Set: Jump The Trane / Turn Your Lights Down Low / Angry Man / Show Me That You Want It
Wasted Away / Crazy / Metaphor Song / I've Been Abused /
You Suck! / Screenwriter's Blues
3rd Set: Hideaway / Yes, It's You / It Comes To Me Naturally
Leave My Soul Alone - One More Cup Of Coffee - Minefield Of My Mind
For No One / My Way Down / Cleopatra - Like Eric

The second night of the recent Colorado tour was at a new club in Colorado Springs called The Sick Puppy. I'm not sure what the whole story behind this place is, but apparently it used to be a PT's Strip Club. When you walk in it still has that "strip club" vibe. I was hit with a sudden urge to ask for a lap dance but couldn't find anybody with those skills. My waitress was nice enough to sell me some very mediocore Pretzel Cheese Curds for a $9 price tag. She pretty much demanded payment right then. I guess my $3 tip on my $9 cheese curd tab was not satisfactory enough. She literally grabbed my money, looked at how much was there, and walked away in a huff. Didn't see her again all night. The club boasted about having the third best sound system in the country. Not sure what country, but I don't think it was here. The sound was very muddy and had a ton of big boomy echo on it. The fact that there were only 32 people in this monsterious barn might have had something to do with that. The state-of-the-art expensive "light show" went everywhere except the stage. Continual bombardment directly in the eyes with LED's all night was somewhat obnoxious. It gave Craig (my cohort in crime) a headache and he split to the side of the stage to get away from it. A "word up" to the house DJ at The Sick Puppy, when you book a show that is concidered "blues rock", the crowd DOES NOT want to listen to extremely loud techno mash-ups between each set. If Chris plays there again, how about maybe some Buddy Guy, or even, God forbid, some B.B. King? C'mon dude! Get a clue! And did I mention the place is extremely hard to find even with two GPS systems??? OK, sorry, enough rant (It's part of the review ya know)...

Chris, Dustin and John opened the first set with a great version of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" followed of course by "With A Little Help From My Friends"! What a great way to start a show! I've been going to see the CDG perform for a little over 23 years and that was a first! We were treated to three great sets at this show! Three hours of sweet sonic power! The evening was a great assortment of tunes. From the brand new "Wastin' Away" and Ramones-inspired "You Suck!" (a new personal favorite), to a rebirth and dusting off of "The Metaphor Song", even more trippy and psychedelic than before! The second set started off with the new instrumental "Jump The 'Trane". Then right into a great rendition of the Hank Ballard classic "Open Up Your Back Door". The second set also included the two aformentioned new songs before winding up with "Screenwriter's Blues"! Nothin' but great! The third set opened with the Texas state anthum, Freddie King's "Hideaway", followed by "Yes, It's You" from the My Soul Alone release. "It Comes To Me Naturally" gave the crowd a little dance time before gettin' into the serious biz! It started out a nice little jam, "Leave My Soul Alone", then worked its way into "One More Cup Of Coffee" and into a blistering "Minefield Of My Mind"! They brought everybody back down to earth with another Beatles classic, "For No One", before heading into the triple threat of "My Way Down", "Cleopatra" and "Like Eric" that closed out the show with all three of them "playing their asses off" as promised! Nothin' but the best!

- photos and review by Robert Johnson

I've posted videos from the show on the The Rev. Bob Channel on You Tube. Click here!

- and here's another pithy review from Craig Keyzer...

This was easily the most comfortable show I have ever seen! I literally watched the entire concert reclined on my own personal sofa! The Sick Puppy Saloon is a new club way east of Colorado Springs and quite a trick to find. There's no sign for it and it is tucked away in a 1970's-style warehouse with a stone exterior. You open the two large crescent moon doorhandles and enter into what seems like a Hollywood movie set. Everything is spotless and brand new. Black leather and chrome were everywhere and dozens of leather sofas were scattered throughout the cavernous interior. Giant LED screens lined the walls and there were several private rooms with glass walls and two huge bars. A sunken dance floor lay dead center and a giant robotic lighting rig swirled overhead. I expected John Travolta to come out at any minute! Then it dawned on me that this must've been a high-end strip joint before being renovated into a club. It looked like the kind of place Tony Montana or Pablo Escobar would frequent. Up until showtime the place was deserted except for a few CDG diehards. There was probably no more than 50 people all night long (and on a Saturday night!). Shoved off into a far corner above the dance floor our intrepid band set up to play. They all had bemused expressions on their face at the club's decor and low turnout. Nonetheless, rested and ready, they tore into a hearty version of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - With A Little Help From My Friends"!!!! This was the last night of the tour and they were ready to tear it up. Unfortunately for those in attendance, a hyper disco-loving DJ was at the controls of the powerful lighting machine above and went crazy with it. It pulsated and swirled and spit out dancing patterns on the empty floor non-stop. The band was elevated across the room so you had to look up at just enough of an angle to be blasted by the super-bright rotating lights of the lighting robot pod hanging from the ceiling. Every second you had a bright blast of light in your eyes like a flashbulb. To get a taste, click here (I dare you, I double-dog dare you!) After the opening song I was getting queasy and decided to make my move. With sofas galore to choose from, I reclined horizontally along the wall like a couch potato, just a mere fifteen feet away from the band, and watched the rest of the show as if it were a 3D pay-per-view! The obnoxious, epilepsy-inducing lightbot was behind me and I really dug the rest of the show as they plowed through their catalog. It was balls-to-the-walls with superb playing by all. The band was firing on all cylinders and Chris was on fire! They did a faster tempo version of the new song "Wasted Away" which was much better than the night before. It was really swingin' with its salsa polka-style beat. Another highlight was a long, spacey "One More Cup Of Coffee" that turned into "Minefield Of My Mind" - craaazy! The band played three sets that night and in between each one the disco DJ cranked up the sound system and played "house" and disco music as he played with his irritating robotic lighting. He was really into it and himself as he pounded us over the head with such "classics" as "Beat It" and "Ice, Ice, Baby" and even a house version of "Whole Lotta' Love"! Ugh! Probably the weirdest place I have ever seen a Chris Duarte show (yet the most comfortable)! Comfortably Numb!

- photos and review by Craig Keyzer


...and here's some thoughts from Chris Duarte himself regarding this unusual show...

After getting to our hotel in Colorado Springs I checked my itinerary to see how far we are from the club for load in. The Sick Puppy is a new venue for me in Colorado Springs and we’re staying out by the airport, another new area I never get out to in this town. My phone app has the club come up as ‘Appaloosa Gentleman’s Club’. Hmmm, Okaaay….this should be interesting. Tucked away near the airport on some back streets off the main road it is a large box building adorned with cosmetic embellishments to the outside and with a grand gesture towards the entrance with double wood doors and rather exotic oversized handles to give the impression you’re entering into a lavish opulent environment. An ostensible pretentious display is the thought that comes to my mind. Upon going inside to see where the stage is located it’s obviously a former strip club. Hard shiny surfaces all around with lots of couch-like seats combined with the same upholstered chairs coupled with tables for your drinks, all along the periphery of the large dance floor that dominates the middle of this rectangular structure. The dance floor is a ‘step-down’ affair after you’ve entered the club. There’s even ‘private’ glassed rooms that give the appearance of ‘stadium boxes’ lined against the wall on the entrance level, each one with couch and chairs inside that have reclined angles to the furniture as opposed to the 90’angle of the dance floor chairs and couches. I suppose to allow the occupant to recline, so to speak, and give access to someone who might be sitting on them or even hovering near them? Yes this place has all the other things, fog machines to accentuate the huge rotating light extravaganza machine located high above the dance floor and a large bar dominating one long side of the rectangle and another bar placed off in a slightly segregated area on the opposite side from where we’re to play. Our stage is but just a corner of this club. There are couches behind my amp where only the hardiest of guitar nerds would sit. It’s a clumsy set up but not the first awkward club transition I’ve played in. Not sure who took over this place when they decided to make it a dance/live music venue but it still has some tweaking to do…a lot of tweaking. There’s been a considerable investment put into it because the entire place has the ‘Sick Puppy’ mascot in the carpeting. It’s what looks like a Bulldog puppy with its tongue hanging out like it ate something bad. Like I said, we’re in the corner and even though the area is demarked by monitors and cables on the ground, the wait staff continues to just come on through as we’re setting up. The traffic does stop during our performance, thankfully, but it was just weird having drinks and attractive girls coming through while I was laying down my pedals and such. Plus, the DJ booth to my immediate right announced us at the beginning of each set. We’ve done pretty well here in the Colorado Springs area these past several years but location does make a difference and I’m not feeling confident about our usual clientele showing up at this venue. Given its large size, unless you’ve got at least 100 people here, the crowd is going to be sucked up and made to appear rather small. I was right. We did have our usual stalwarts and fans that showed up but not the usual size crowd which we enjoyed up in the mountains at Crystola in Woodland Park. After our soundcheck I was a bit worried because the drums had horrible rings and low frequencies standing out and I knew all the hard surfaces inside were going to wreak havoc with any sort of quality mix. Once more into the breach dear friends, once more….Well to my pleasant surprise I was having fun at this club. The crowd was small, the light show a bit distracting at times, and the DJ with his exaggerated ‘It’s-a-full-ass-party-going-on-in-this-place!’ voice, my amp sounded pretty good and I could hear everything. When I can hear everything and the tone is good I start to have fun. We blew through our 3 sets and I was just taking more and more musical chances as the night went on. A fitting end to this run, albeit an unusual venue, a fitting end nonetheless. Till then...

- Chris Duarte



Golden, Colorado

Ain't Gonna' Hurt No More / Angry Man / Make Me Feel So Right / Yes, It's You / Metaphor Song
Crazy / Bottle Blues / The Best That I Can Do /
Wasted Away / Fire / Dreaming Of Tomorrow
You Know You're Wrong / It Comes To Me Naturally /
One More Cup Of Coffee - Minefield Of My Mind
For No One / My Way Down / *Sittin' Here, Baby / *The Thrill Is Gone (*with Scotty Bratcher)

The recent performance by the CDG during their first night back in Colorado was nothing short of exceptional (as usual). The Buffalo Rose is a great venue to see them in with a nice elevated stage, a big dance floor and a great sound system (it sounds good out front, but the soundboard wiring needs to be professionally repaired - it's a mess!) We also had the added benefit of the sound wizard, hisownbadself, Michael Tomaskovic flying in to mix the sound for the show! If Michael is there, you know it's going to be good! The whole evening was a fun blues-rock extraviganza that started out with The Scotty Bratcher Band coming all the way from Ohio and bringing their own special can of whoopass to open the night! Their originals were substantial and well put together and the version of "Funk #49" that went into a smokin' extended Led Zeppelin medley had me smilin' ear to ear! I may be gettin' old, but I still love to get that blown away feeling when I see an incredible live performance! Thanks Scotty! Next up to the plate was a local Denver favorite, Michael Hornbuckle! We got a smokin' version of "This Train Is Bound For Glory" and a great "In My Time Of Dying"! A personal favorite, the Robin Trower classic "Too Rolling Stoned" and a nice selection of originals as well! Well, I told you about the gravy, and you heard about the let's get down to the bone!

What can I say, but I love going to see the CDG perform live! I've been at it for a little over 23 years now and can honestly say I have NEVER seen a bad show! The amount of energy and dedication to their craft these guys have never ceases to blow me away! I have, on many occasions, seen them drive across the country, 700 miles+, pull into a club, unload, set up their own equipment, and then put on a show that most other live performers can't even touch on a great night - and be smiling and talking to fans and signing autographs afterwards! This night at The Buffalo Rose was no exception. We got a great selection of new material off the Lucky 13 release, plus an old personal favorite, "The Metaphor Song", was put back into the rotation with some new fire in it, and a new track that Chris referred to as "an homage to my Latino roots" titled "Wastin' Away", definitely a new style for the guys! Then right into "FIRE"! You know when Chris whips out the Hendrix, it's gonna be good! They worked into a nice jam that included "One More Cup Of Coffee", "Minefield Of My Mind", and finishing out with the Beatles' "For No One"! They threw in a cool "My Way Down" before THE GRAND FINALE!!!
Chris invited Scotty Bratcher up on stage to sit in on a great tribute to Mr. B.B. King (R.I.P.) that started out with the song "Waitin' On You" and, to finish the night, an incredible "The Thrill Is Gone"! Chris and Scotty working it out on a little axe slingin' and lick tradin'! It was..............COOL! Those of you that were there know!
BUT, for those of you that weren't, have no fear! Through the miracle of modern technology, you can now pull up the show on you computer, crank it up to eleven, and enjoy the next best thing! The videos for Scotty Bratcher and the complete CDG show are posted on The Rev. Bob Channel on You Tube (click here) and don't forget to leave a "thumbs up" if you like what you see!

- photos and review by Robert Johnson


...and here's another review of this gig from Craig Keyzer...

Golden, Colorado

Ain't Gonna' Hurt No More / Angry Man / Make Me Feel So Right / Yes, It's You / Metaphor Song
Crazy / Bottle Blues / The Best That I Can Do /
Wasted Away / Fire / Dreaming Of Tomorrow
You Know You're Wrong / It Comes To Me Naturally /
One More Cup Of Coffee - Minefield Of My Mind
For No One / My Way Down / *Sittin' Here, Baby / *The Thrill Is Gone (*with Scotty Bratcher)

The Chris Duarte Group were back at the Buffalo Rose only this time longtime fan and sound engineer Mike Tomaskovic was at the helm of the soundboard tonight! He is absolutely one of the best turd polishers around and made the sound perfect for the show. It was the best I've heard Chris sound in ages, way to go Mike! The band seemed a bit road-tired but played hard regardless. Chris hit a few clams but more than made up for it in sheer intensity. It was one continuous show with no encore (due to two opening bands) but ended with a touching tribute by Chris to B.B. King (who now passed away on 5/13). He invited Scotty Bratcher up onstage, the guitarist from one of the opening bands who had ended their set with a perfect, giant medley of Led Zeppelin songs that probably went on for twenty minutes. Together they did two B.B. King songs including the hottest version of "The Thrill Is Gone" you'll ever hear! Click here to see a video of it! The band sounded great and the new songs from "Lucky 13" are coming into their own. We even heard a new song called "Wasted Away", a tex-mex work in progress. A great little show and it was great to see Dustin Sargent and John McKnight solidifying into a fantastic, solid rhythm section behind Chris! With that kind of reliable powerhouse backing up one of the world's greatest guitarists sparks will fly!

- photos and review by Craig Keyzer





...and here's some thoughts from Chris Duarte himself regarding the show...

Golden of course is known as the home of Coors beer. It’s also quite the quaint little town with its downtown area done up and beautified recently. I don’t know what the town looked like before, but judging by its appearance now it bears all the hallmarks of recent urban beautification. When you’ve been in as many cities as I have you see this happen again and again with new sidewalks being put in, the parking scheme and layout changed, trees planted and the street signs switched to a more retro look - it’s all pretty much out of the same ‘Urban Renewal Changes’ playbook. One thing it definitely has that is not in the playbook are the mountains, a gorgeous attribute that plays well here in Golden. Our gig is at the Buffalo Rose. We load in and what I like about the ‘Rose’ is its size. Nice big stage and monitor guy right by me on my side of the stage and a good PA too. My friend Mike Tomoskovic is coming in to run sound for us. I’ve known Mike since my popular days back in Chicago when I used to have good size crowds. Mike would run sound for me on occasion as he was just starting out doing the engineer thing. Over the years he’s moved up the ladder and has had some impressive gigs with acts like AC/DC, Metallica, Guns n’ Roses, Dark Star Orchestra, and Buddy Guy. We set up and then we’ve got a couple of bands on before us. Both bands have people I’ve met in my preceding years of my career. Scotty Bratcher is out of Ohio and told me he started listening to me at age 4. Wow, 4! Then there was Mike Hornbuckle, a local Denver artist who's won some regional accolades and awards for his recent self-produced album. I did listen to it a bit and he does have some good songs. He also met me when he was young. It freaks me out at times when I meet young up-and-coming artists at my shows who thank me as a small influence to their playing. It’s what I’ve always dreamed of (besides World Domination and a fat bank account). Although the crowd isn’t as big as it was back in December, it’s still respectable. It wasn’t very long ago that we were here so I’m thankful for the people who showed up. My friend has got the front house sounding good and the monitors are doing fine by me. We rip through our set and then Scotty sits in with us at the end of the night. Scotty does an admirable job on both rhythm and lead with mature phrasing and complimentary comping behind me. You don’t often see players of his age with rounded stage skills. It’s usually a sign of better things to come for his future. The night being over we pack up and return to our hotel. The night has a bit of coolness to it and the stars are out dotting the black cloudless heavens. We’ve just got one more gig on this western run, Colorado Springs here we come...

– Chris Duarte




Omaha, Nebraska

As I pulled into the lot at the 21st Amendment, the first thing that I saw was the white CDG van with a pair of feet sticking out from underneath. We later found out that the feet belonged to Chris Duarte and that the van needed a new starter! What a multi-talented band! The Chris Duarte Group was in fine form, playing about 3 ½ hours, and regaling us with a mix of old and new including "Leave My Soul Alone", "One More Cup Of Coffee" and "Minefield Of My Mind" without a break inbetween. The rap version of "Screenwriter's Blues" was entertaining as always and the end-of-show combo of "Cleopatra-Like Eric" is a winner to close out the night. "People Say" as an encore can't be beat either.

- review and photos by Thomas Joyce




















Joplin, Missouri

I tore the wall down between my kitchen and living room/dining room and turned it into a house concert venue. Found a couple theater curtains in Dallas that I cut to size to cover the walls, some LED stage lights, and a good sound system. Doesn't get much more intimate than that! :-) The show was awesome! Despite the snow, people were here from 7 states. Chris played from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. to a great crowd that stayed the whole night and gave Chris the respect and attention he deserves. Dustin played the acoustic set on an old Kay stand-up bass we had waiting for him. The CDG are already rebooked for Sunday, March 6th, 2016! (Editor's note: Be there or be square!)

- comments from Jeff Morrow, photo by Jeremy Scherle


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This, That,
The Other

A wicked compilation from the Chris Duarte Group archives that includes outtakes from "Only One" and "Tailspin Headwhack", home demos, live cuts, and radio appearances, plus three studio tracks of Chris Duarte recording with the band Mama (click here). Order your copy of this limited-edition, factory-pressed cd - and help support the cost of this website as well - by clicking here.





...but wait, there's more!



Don Odell's

This 75-minute DVD features the Chris Duarte Group appearing on Don Odell's "Legends" TV show in Palmer, Massachusetts, September 7, 2010. The show was professionally shot with three hi-def cameras and a soundboard feed in front of a studio audience of 30 lucky fans. Art Tipaldi, editor of "Blues Revue" magazine, introduced the band. They played an energetic 70-minute set featuring two songs from the new album "Infinite Energy" plus several CDG classics. Interspersed between cuts are interview clips with Chris. It's a cool performance and also features Chris Duarte's 1963 Fender Stratocaster for the first half of the show! Chris also added a red knucklehead to his stack for that extra "crunch" in his tone. The dvd is the complete TV broadcast of the "Legends" episode and features "101", "Letter To My Girlfriend", "Big-Legged Woman", "The Best That I Can Do", "Scrawl", "Satisfy", "Sundown Blues", "Purple Gloaming", "One More Cup Of Coffee", "My Way Down", and "Let's Have A Party". It is beautifully photographed and the detail is amazing, some of the best footage of the band ever shot. Don Odell has graciously allowed me to make a limited run of this show available to help raise money for this website. Please note that these dvds were copied at home on a commercial duplicator and are NOT factory pressed, but the quality and sound on them is excellent throughout. Order your copy of this dvd - and help support the cost of this website as well - by clicking here.