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"Americana" seems to be shorthand these days for music with its roots in the fertile soil of American music history...blues, country, rock and everything else in our musical family tree. New England native now Las Vegas based Chris Bell is a young American Roots Music Artist for the 21st century. Chris's music draws in equal measure from traditional and contemporary blues, southern rock, and alternative country without compromising his integrity or missing a beat. Over the past 11 years, Chris has performed well over 1000 live shows including some of the biggest music festivals in the country, released five CD's and one DVD. His music can be heard on radio stations throughout the United States and European Markets.
Bell's passion for music has long been fueled by his love of the guitar and the icons who helped propel the instrument to its legendary status. At the early age of nine, he picked up his first guitar and discovered his passion. Chris later went on to major in Art and Music at the University of Massachusetts, participated in jazz workshops with Archie Shepp, and studied under guitar great Tony MacAlpine. From the soulful sound of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Winter, together with the southern rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Bros and ZZ Top, adding in the country flavor of Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean and Keith Urban, mix all those ingredients together and you end up with Chris Bell, who considers himself an American Roots Artist and credits all the above for influencing him in one way or another. This year we'll see the release of Bell's sixth CD "Bell County Line". The follow-up to the very successful 2010 "The Devil, My Guitar & Me". The approach this time around will be blues meets southern rock meets modern country.
Chris and his band continue to tour each year throughout the Western United States, Texas, Midwest and East Coast. He has performed and/or shared the stage with Eric Sardinas, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Chris Duarte, Mike Zito, Shane Dwight, Coco Montoya, Tommy Castro just to name a few. Whether he*s rocking, delving into roots, alt-country, R&B, or hitting you in the gut with searing, straight-ahead blues, Bell plays and sings with charisma, heart, and energy complimenting any genre he covers while paying tribute to those vintage styles his forefathers cast before him. Make no mistake, Chris Bell is establishing himself as one of the premier up and coming American Roots Artist of this generation and has only begun to scratch the surface of what promises to be a long and prosperous career.