Personalities | Chris Thomas King | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues
(Guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, vocals, b. 1964)
Multi-talented King began in the footsteps of his father – Baton Rouge, Louisiana juke bluesman Tabby Thomas. King has mastered traditional electric and acoustic blues. He also performs and records rock- and rap-blues hybrids. In 2000 he appeared as Tommy Johnson in O Brother, Where Art Thou?. He also played Lowell Fulson in the Ray Charles biopic Ray (2004) and Blind Willie Johnson in The Soul Of A Man, the Wim Wenders-directed episode of Martin Scorsese Presents: The Blues. In 2002 Chris Thomas King established his own New Orleans-based label, 21st Century Blues.
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