Chris Thomas King is “Bona Fide”
This new studio recording leaves little doubt that Chris Thomas King is one of the best blues guitar
players in the world today. With this his 16th studio album, King proves he’s the master of the Stratocastor. He’s a musicians musician. With his extended electric guitar solo on the slow blues lament “Goodbye Chicago,” a song he wrote about the recent gun violence in the Wendy City, King is able to transform and transfix on the strength of his soaring guitar-work supported only by bass and drums. Once thought to be the next BB King or Buddy Guy, it’s obvious King has become one of their peers.
From the ambitious driving pulse of the opening track “You Don’t Want Me Around,” to the closing song, a cover of “The Wind Cries Mary,” by Jimi Hendrix. King’s electrified guitar work and his rich soulful vocals fit together like the scorching sun and the cooling glow of the moon. These two perfect instruments combine for an inspired performance lost in the bitter but sweat poetry of the blues.
Having firmly established his own musical identity built on an authentic pedigree and major accomplishments, Chris Thomas King is at the peak of his powers on his finest album yet... “Bona Fide”.