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.

Styles & Forms | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues
Personalities | The Kinsey Report | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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