“Blues speaks right to the heart and soul of all listeners. Mighty Sam McClain sings ONLY from the heart and soul directly to yours. What a tremendous feeling!
On 'One More Bridge to Cross' CD, you will find the song 'The Other Man in the Band' (#10 on the cd), this is the most extraordinary blues song I have EVER heard. Mighty Sam's vocals are outstanding, sultry at times. The lead guitar action is totally spectacular, those bluesy notes jump right into your heart, chill you to the bone and touch your soul so deeply that you may even shed a tear or two. I strongly suggest you get this CD...The spectacular musicians that back the Mighty Sam McClain on the 'One More Bridge to Cross' CD are:
Chris Tofield - guitar Dave Smith - bass Jim Arnold - drums Barry Seelen - keyboards
And you can't but notice the hot, sultry sounds of the horn section. And this is credited to 'The Mighty Horns':
Pat Herlehy - sax/horns Mark Paquin - trombone/sax/horn Trent Austin - trumpet Conchetta Prio - b”
southbound beat magazine
“hartford advocate readers poll 2002
Blues - Chris Tofield & The Bluesbenders
Chris Tofield, guitar and vocals
Stephen Peck, drums Greg Allen, bass Barry Seelan, keyboards
Caught up with Chris this week while he was in Chicago for a gig with Mighty Sam McClain playing at Buddy Guy's Club. Tofield and fellow Bluesbenders bandmate Barry Seelan have been playing with McClain for about a year on a tour that's brought them all over the U.S. and Europe. Tofield says European audiences appreciate the music and are really attentive. Tofield is planning to record with McClain and a couple of his songs are expected to be featured on that CD, which Tofield is also helping to produce. One of the highlights for Chris Tofield is that he has been able to meet and hang around with the musicians he looked up to like Bobby Blue Bland and Elvin Bishop. They now travel the same roads and festivals. When he's back home he will be once again working with the Bluesbenders on a new CD.
“Mighty Sam McClain "One More Bridge To Cross" Mighty Music Records
Sam is a beautifully expressive soulful singer and is paired superbly with guitarist Chris Tofield's intuitive guitarist lines. Sam is very popular in Europe, and will surely make it over here more frequently. The album features 9 self penned, confident outings in a set list of 13 with some moving vocals nice balanced between Tofield's telling licks, and some subtly arranged horns that suggest a blues man at the height of his powers. Play this album, polish the music hard, and you will come up with a gem of the blues man!
PETE'S PLAY LIST
“McClain’s vocal performances are gripping as ever, whether he’s essaying the pure gospel number " Open Up Heaven’s Door " or laying down raw phrases on a funky shuffle like " If It Wasn’t for the Blues. " Preparing for the album also involved some house cleaning, but his new horn section is as tight and sharp as the players one hears on Al Green’s classic Hi Records sessions. Guitarist Chris Tofield also does a stellar job, with a sharp, flexible tone that ranges from traditional weeping blues lines to the Santana-like phrases of " What’s Your Name. "-”
“hartford advocate readers poll 2001
Blues- Chris Tofield and The Bluesbenders
Chris Tofield, guitar and vocals Steven Peck, drums Greg Allen, bass Barry Seelan, keyboard
Chris Tofield and the Bluesbenders have won this category five years in a row. Tofield says the reason is because they have outlasted everybody else, still going strong after 12 years together. (I can attest that is not the only reason they have won.) Tofield is back out gigging after he injured his hand in a motorcycle accident last year. Tofield and the Bluesbenders will be at Ocean Beach in New London opening up for Leslie West and Mountain on Aug. 4. Broken Strings is their latest CD. They are currently working on a live CD and a studio recording that they hope to have out by Christmas.
Here is a CD that is good for the spirit. Sam's journey through life has taken him from cotton fields ...to the Apollo Theater ...to the park bench ...to resurrecting his career ...to founding his own management. When he says "to the homeless, downtrodden, broken spirited people all over the world ...there is hope, you must keep the faith" you know that its a message founded on the personal resolve of his spirit How does this spirit express itself in his music? Through raw, disquieting, angst ridden blues perhaps. No! Through some velvet smooth SOUL! Deep resonating vocals are set to a rich, well mixed BIG sound featuring ...HORNS# of course. Must say that Chris Tofield's guitar work is also a feature of the album.”
South Australian Blues Society
Mighty Sam McClain- One More Bridge To Cross- Mighty Music
This is the album to acquire for those of you in need of a Bobby Bland fix. McClain has put together a strong CD that while acknowledging his debt to Bland is an asset to any collection. The songs are written or co-written by McClain and the band with Mr. AudioQuest, Joe Hardin, and Jean Jacques Milteau helping out. And what a band it is. Chris Tofield supplies some of the tastiest soul blues guitar licks I've heard in some time, contributing mightily to each song without overpowering or showboating. Horns and backup singers are there when necessary. This incorrigible blues fan thinks that McClain can overdo his religious side but he does not do that here, as "The Other Man In The Band" and "If It Wasn't 4 Da Blues" attest. He is in exceptionally fine voice throughout. If you can't find this CD, go to http://www.cityhallrecords.com/.
toronto blues society
“TOP 26 BLUES - July-August 2000 - 106.9 WCCC - Hartford, CT
SUBJECT: TOP 26 BLUES ALBUMS - June 2000 FROM: Beef Stew, the blues guy PROGRAM: Sunday Night Blues STATION: 106.9 WCCC - Hartford, CT
ARTIST / ALBUM / LABEL 1. B.B. King & Eric Clapton / Riding With The King / Reprise2. Jeff Pitchell / One Day Away / Premier Music 3. CHRIS TOFIELD / BROKEN STRINGS / CRT 4. Walter Trout / Live Trout / Ruf records 5. Smokin' Joe Kubek / Bite Me! / Bullseye Blues & Jazz 6. Big Bill Morganfield / Rising Son / Blind Pig 7. Liz Mandville Greeson / Ready To Cheat / Earwig 8. Janis Joplin / Greatest Hits Remaster / Columbia Legacy 9. Luther Allison / Live In Chicago / Alligator 10. Kenny Wayne Shepard / Live On / Giant 11.”
— WCCC - Hartford CT
PRESS RELEASE March 23, 2005
The American Embassy in Bulgaria is pleased to announce that the Chris Tofield Blues Band will be touring Bulgaria between 27 March and 31 March. This dynamic band plays a combination of both sweet sounding originals and soulful blues standards. The tour will include live performances in five cities across Bulgaria.
— The American Embassy
“Guitar Player Magazine - June 2006
Chris Tofield By Mike Varney -
Tofield is one of the most formidable blues musicians on the scene today, possessing both a distinctive voice and an arsenal of chops that can be as subtle as B.B. King, as expressive as Roy Buchanan, and as blistering as Gary Moore.”
Guitar Player Magazine