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Blues, Rock, Jazz, Fusion

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I began playing guitar at 5 yrs old when I first heard Manitas De Plata, who inspired in me a passion for guitar and a love of flamenco guitar. At age fourteen I developed a passion for blues and went on to gigs in London at venues like Ronnie Scotts with John Mayall, John McVie and George Melly. As a young lead guitarist I also jammed/played with many of the R&B and rock legends of our time, including Rory Gallagher, Jimmy Paige, Ginger Baker, the late Paul Kossof, Captain Beefheart, Dick Stubbs (Juicy Lucy), Linda Lewis (Ferris Wheel), Dave Davies (The Kinks), Roy Wood (Wizard), Mickey Finn (T-Rex), Mark Knopfler, Led Zeppelin, Peter Green, Jeff Beck. Most unforgettably with the great blues legend Bukka White. More recently Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix Experience) and John Coughlan (Status Quo). Discography: current projects : a new blues album and another of Rock Ballads. GUITARRAGA - World Jazz Blues Fusion released 6 June 2011. CROSSROADS TO FREEDOM the first dedicated genre album : the Blues

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John Stracey @ Blues Connections Reviews Crossroads to Freedom

Chris Dair Crossroads To Freedom Crossroads To Freedom is written and performed entirely by Chris Dair and is his first album dedicated purely to the blues from the Mississippi delta all the way to the streets of Chicago and beyond! What is refreshing is that there appears to be no limitation as to how Chris Dair interprets the way his guitar should be played, having jammed with the best of them down the years including Jeff Beck, Peter Green, Rory Gallagher, Jimmy Page, Mark Knopfler and the great Bukka White to name but a few! Crossroads To Freedom gets straight down to business with 'No Reason Blues' that is classic Chicago blues harking back to the Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf era! Influences abound here as you would expect from such a seasoned musician, with a somewhat mystical sounding 'See The Stars' offering more than a hint of Ravi Shankar, before the Santana inspired instrumental 'Obsession' transcends over proceedings. Some of these recordings might easily lend themselves to a film soundtrack, that incidentally is not new territory for this man who is not afraid to experiment, as is well demonstrated on the innovative title track 'Crossroads To Freedom' which delivers some very interesting psychedelic blues! 'Please Don't Let Me Go' cruises into some really cool jazz tinged blues ahead of the vintage sounding 'Never Comin' Home Blues', which is given some authentic worn vinyl treatment that many listeners may find intriguing? Right from the first note on the laid back 'I Feel The Need', you become spellbound as his guitar riffs and smooth vocals combine to find the perfect blend and are only set fee once a wailing harmonica introduces 'Lovin' You Too Much', as he connects his wah-wah pedal to unleash some screaming guitar SRV style! The laid back 'Last Fall' and 'Leavin' Town Blues' lead us well into JJ Cale chartered territory and on 'Ya Smile At Me', he even finds time to mix in some rare juice harp with some good ole country blues. Listening to 'Goldwater Mountain', you discover a fabulous example of American acoustic roots music (reminiscent of the early Doobie Brothers), before 'Lost In Wasted Time' delivers a dreamy guitar solo that even Roy Buchanan might have taken his hat off to! Crossroads To Freedom is the album you always wanted to own that you could never remember the name of, and it also marks the moment Chris Dair stepped out of the shadows to become a genuine blues artist in his own right! Check him out on his website at where you can also order a signed copy of the Crossroads To Freedom CD, and discover what you've been missing! John Stracey Blues Connections

Bukka White

I met Bukka White when I was a very young guitarist, he was doing a tour with several other great jazz/blues players - I am pretty sure it was in Leek, Staffordshire in the UK - I wish I'd chronicled all the people I played with during that period of my life! As a musician it was the really important things that stuck in my mind, for instance, who he was, what he was playing. He played with incredible technique on his right hand - kind of playing a double rythm (slide with left), he was playing a Dobro, I don't remember the song. Afterwards he was a true gent as always and said to me "That's some fine guitar!". Needless to say I never forgot that! Chris Dair

Rory Gallagher

I was just a kid when I met Rory. I can't remember the venue (I really wish I could). It was a bar in Manchester sometime in either '73 or '74. A friend of mine introduced me to the band and I ended up playing. Rory asked me what my name was, I said Chris Dair, and he said "it can't be Dair, it must be O'Dair", which I later found was true! I remember we played Catfish Blues and it was absolutely brilliant, a knockout. I met him again at the Free Trade Hall awhile after that. The guy I was with knew the singer out of the support band and we were backstage saying Hi, talking and drinks etc. All of us, including Rory of course, went back to the Imperial for drinks after the gig, and I was there till about 5 am, Rory just played all night. I remember he played Traintime Blues on this old steel guitar (not sure if it was a Dobro) for about half an hour. Rory also played my Dobro. He was a very down to earth guy, there was no edge to him whatsoever, he said what he believed and that was it. I got the impression he wouldn't say anything unless he meant it. He believed very passionately in what he was doing. I remember having to get a taxi to the station and coming back home on the "milk train" in the morning. The way I feel about people like Rory now is very different to how it felt at the time. Then it didn't seem that much out of the ordinary to any of us. Hope this is of interest to you - It was a very special time for me as a guitarist, and I treasure the opportunity I had to meet and play with Rory...Chris Dair

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American Music Scene Reviews Crossroads To Freedom

Fantastic Review from the American Blues Scene on the new Blues album Crossroads To Freedom - ir-puts-out-amazing-collection.html



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2011-08-27 at 23:02:43
i wuz just skiping thru songs on here till i came across somthing that really cought my ears and i wuz like i gotta listen to wat else this guy can do and i like evrything! keep up the good work man
2010-12-13 at 00:36:16
Thanks Paddy for all your fantastic work and support here on IMRadio - it's looking real good man ! :))
2010-10-27 at 11:35:38
Hi, Calley wishes you success in whatever you do. Great you are featured on IMRadio!! Enjoyed your music. Keep it up!! Love and Blessings!!
2010-10-26 at 02:37:31
2010-06-11 at 15:22:41
A lot of feel in "Obsession"
2010-06-01 at 23:11:52
Thanks guys - thank you Paddy - love IMRadio!!
2010-06-01 at 22:54:04
good chops...nice production...good energy
2010-05-31 at 20:40:45
congrats on being an IMRadio Featured songs! peace
2010-04-26 at 01:14:41
I am delighted to announce that I have been invited to join the Musician list represented on Reef Rider Productions website. This site is breaking ground for the future of the music industry in the world today, where music lovers can discover or rediscover the very best music the world has to offer in any genre. A website that represents a standard of music that will ensure the development and re-establishment of a healthy music industry. A site where great music is guaranteed and where recognised, and unknown artists are showcased. My hat off to Charles E Compton Sr for creating this arena for musicians and great music http://reefriderproductio
2010-03-14 at 22:59:39
Hi Chris. Vivien Dair wanted us to listen to No Reason Blues. Great classic blues track with outstanding guitar work. You are very talented. we liked it a lot. Phil the er on the left. P.S. If you get the chance check out Hard Season on our list and let us know what you think.
2010-03-14 at 06:33:25
Hi Chris. Excellent. Listened to In The Clouds, great!! We are fans.
2010-03-07 at 03:59:37
Awesome style! I'm a drummer ,but I love hearing the different phrasings and tones from strong lead players like yourself. I also like when guitars build and go crazy at times which you also do! -I'm a Fan!
2010-02-22 at 16:56:44
Hi Chris ,,love your guitar playing on Obssesion, soulful,clean, emotional,Santana like, melodic Found out a/b you thru Vivien on her IM page PAEACE AND OF COURSE PROSPERITY
2010-02-16 at 07:20:34
"Take It All Off" & "Never Be Lonely" [Davies Dawn Music (BMI)]. These intimate Country/Stone Rockabilly Ballads and Videos are here on IMRadio (also on Paul.
2010-02-11 at 01:26:44
Hi Chris. Have a fabulous rest of the week.
2010-02-09 at 15:41:07
Nice 2 meet u! Louise :):):)
2010-01-31 at 02:28:51
I'll certainly add IMRadio to all the sites I'm on (quite a few!) and Facebook and Myspace of course, and YouTube. Also if anyone has any other radio contact e-mails, maybe we could share them?
2010-01-31 at 02:18:52
Hi Paul - thanks for the superb review on Don't Shoot Me, much appreciated! Thank you too for becoming a fan of my music - I look forward to stopping by to hear your music very wishes...into the music...Chris
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