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Chris Lord and Cheatin' River / Press

“A stomping groove, a steely, slice-and-dice guitar attack and a growling vocal greet listeners to Chris Lord & Cheatin’ River’s Chunkabilly Blues. Echoes of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Freddie King abound in the searing six-string salvos, and the merciless vocal brings to mind the younger Kim Wilson throwing his weight around the tracks. Cheatin' River begs to be heard live for its sheer full-frontal assault on the senses—you can really get lost in the story the lyrics and the instruments tell together. It’s perfect, right down to the abrupt ending, when it cuts off like that, and all is silent in the world. And you, dear listener, are left there, limp, maybe a bit dizzy, but begging for more.”

“Sometimes the best things come in small packages, and if you’re a fan of modern guitar-driven blues-rock with hints of honky tonk and country, well-written songs with intelligent lyrics, you should check out Chunkabilly Blues”

“One listen to the lyrics reveals that Chris Lord and Cheatin’ River have a singular wit and intelligence in their songwriting... subtle and amusing lyrical twists abound. While the clever lyrics separate the songs on Chunkabilly Blues from those of many other bands, that is not to diminish the music or the playing. Lord is a consummate guitar player, turning in a particularly impressive wah-wah solo in “My Demise” and sings with a sly, amused tone that recalls Hank Williams III’s bluesier moments. The rhythm section of Blair and Bowen is rock solid.”

“‘Chunkabilly Blues’ comes off loud, in your face even with its honky tonk vibe...like a redneck brawl could break out any minute and you might get a beer bottle smashed over your head.”

“Just received your band's CD Chunkabilly Blues - OMG! We LOVE it! We listen to new music every single day... RARELY do we have an OMG! reaction like we did to this cd! Looking forward to more.”

Mark Gordon - Seattle WAVE Radio

““How could you go wrong with an album called “Chunkabilly Blues?” You Can’t. Chris Lord and Cheatin' River is a blend of classic Stevie Ray Vaughn-blues mixed with a little Louisiana creole soul. Their bar room blues makes for a beer chuggin’ good time.””

Troy Michael - Innocent Words Magazine

““With a Texas groove, "Spirit of Abilene” is a great indication that a smokin' new Seattle CD is coming."Chunkabilly Blues" with Chris Lord and Cheatin’ River has me wanting more.””

Jonathan “Oogie” Richards NWCZ Radio - Mighty Mouth Blues