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Biography

Chris English was born and raised in Salisbury, Maryland and started playing guitar at age 11. His older brother Kent introduced him to the blues during the 1960's, which started him on a lifetime passion. Chris concentrated on slide guitar and harmonica at this time teaching himself, using open tunings. Over the years he has been true to his art learning the subtleties that make each blues special. Delta style is his forte, singing, playing guitar and harp, stamping out the time on an old wooden coca cola crate. He also uses vintage guitars from the 20's and '30's to replicate the sound and feeling of the blues he has studied and loves.
Chris' new release titled "Chris English 1/13/07" is his third CD. This is a live, solo, performance of traditional blues and originals. He released second CD, "Lowdown in the House", in July 2004. His first CD, recorded in 1996, "Live at the Avalon", is a combination of solo and his three-piece band.

Performance / Lecture

Currently, Chris is teaching a course in Blues, that he created, at Salisbury University, Salisbury MD, titled "Blues, the Roots of Rock and Roll". This lecture course includes live performances to demonstrate different styles of blues. It also explores the social and economic climate that shaped the folk music as well as the musicians that crafted it.

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