Chris Thomas King
Born in 1962, guitarist Chris Thomas King became the last major folk blues discovery of the 20th Century when he was discovered in Louisiana in 1979 by a folklorist from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. He was introduced to the world by the venerable folk label Arhoolie Records as an authentic folk-blues successor to Huddie Ledbetter, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, and Jelly Roll Morton. King was chosen by the Coen brothers to play the role of itinerant bluesman Tommy Johnson alongside George Clooney in the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).” Larger than life on the silver screen, Chris Thomas King, captivated audiences the world over. His authenticity as a folk-blues artist, by any measure, proved undeniable. King has sold more than ten million records (unheard of for an authentic blues artist) and won numerous awards. Including an Album of the Year Grammy and an Album of the Year Country Music Award (CMA), superseding the success of his folk-blues predecessors. Chris Thomas King has inspired a new generation of musicians such as Hozier, Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, and Gary Clark, Jr. His songs “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” and “John Law Burned Down the Liquor Sto,’” to name a few, have been covered by many artists including blues legend Buddy Guy.