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“Duarte’s monstrous chops, from funk to punk, from Hendrix to B.B. King, all marked by Duarte’s percussive, in-your-face Strat sound and a subtle use of samples, loops and electronics. ”
“Duarte finished fourth in the magazine’s “Best Blues Guitarist” category behind legends Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and B.B. King in a Guitar Magazine’s readers' poll.”
“Full of hell-bent energy, lean and mean, this is about as in-your-face as Texas blues-rock gets, especially in the opening cuts. Duarte holds your attention with a variety of pockets and unexpected textural twists and turns, borrowing a rap groove here and machine-gunning a little Hendrix there.”
“Texas native Chris Duarte has been peeling faces off with his axe work for some 20 years now. With his latest release, Blue Velocity, the blues-rocker once most often referred to as a Stevie Ray Vaughan clone shreds into shades of The Nuge and early Zeppelin.”
“Influenced by Delta blues legends as well as jazz purveyors, Duarte crafts a sound that fires up the blues ‘n’ boogie crowd as well as those who dig musical flights of fancy.”
“This Austin-based six-string virtuoso believed that, in music, the journey is as important as the destination- maybe even more so. Get on the bus. This trip isn’t one you wanna miss.”