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Chris Boss Band

San Antonio, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2005 | SELF

San Antonio, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2005
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"Chris Boss goes from covers to originals12/31/06"

Chris Boss goes from covers to originals
Web Posted: 12/29/2006 07:57 PM CST
Jim Beal Jr.
Express-News Staff Writer
Chris Boss and the Fuss are one of the state's top cover bands. Guitarist, singer and songwriter Boss and the Fuss also have original music that they showcase through songs on the CD "One Hot Night" and during gigs they play as just The Fuss.
Since he came out of Holmes High School, the 30-something Boss has done an excellent job of juggling originals and covers, the guitar hero trip and sideman stints, a teaching side and a performing side.
Q. When did you start playing guitar?
A. When I was about 11 years old. I was listening to bands like Kiss. They were big influences on me. They still are. My first gig was when I was a junior in high school, and it was a battle of the bands competition.
Q. You've had some success in music battles, haven't you?
A. I won three of the Alamo Music Guitar Wars competitions.
Q. Does winning a contest help a career?
A. It was really gratifying. I consider myself a late bloomer, and maybe it will help with longevity. It was cool to win them. When the dust settles, you really haven't done anything, but it was cool and it helps with publicity, that's for sure.
Q. Did you go to college?
A. No. I had music theory in high school, and I took private lessons from Mark Stone at Caldwell Music. I opted to become a full-time musician after high school.
Q. And you teach?
A. I taught guitar at Alamo Music for eight years, but it's been a long time since I've taught. I taught Luke Olson, I taught Jake Owen, I taught the guys from Meek. I have people come up to me and tell me they took lessons from me and they're still playing. It's cool to see them stick with it. When you teach guitar lessons you can tell who's really into it.
Q. Have you ever gone the hired guitar slinger route?
A. When Luke Olson told me he was recording an album I helped him out. I was like the 65th member of the Max, and I've always subbed in bands when I've had the time.
Q. Has making music full time been all you've expected it to be?
A. Once you decide to do it full time you have to wear many hats. You have to be a sound engineer, a purchaser, a driver, a booking agent. I've had to learn to do a lot of things I didn't sign up for. I just wanted to be a guitar player in a rock band. It is work.
Q. How do you balance being a guitar hero, a singer and a bandleader?
A. It's tricky. I grew up wanting to be a guitar hero, but the music sort of shifted away from that. I've had to reinvent myself, but a lot of my influences struck a balance. Jimi Hendrix was a singer, Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson, they're also singers. On this record there's not a lot of guitar pyrotechnics. I've always tried to play what was appropriate for the songs. I'm not going to show off just because I can. I wanted this album to be about the songs.
Q. Why this CD now?
A. For me it represents more what I'm about. I went through a lot of phases and wore a lot of different hats, one of which was even a country hat, before I discovered what I wanted to do. Playing in the bars has given me the chance to meet a lot of people. It's been too long since we had something to promote. It's for the people who go to the bars we play. I like to think the tunes on this record would be able to be covered by another band. How cool would that be?
Q. How do you describe the style of music on "One Hot Night"?
A. I guess it's a little bit of everything I like. Playing live is a lot about the attitudes songs project. In the bars, when everyone is juiced up, people want to hear songs that are energetic, even aggressive. I tried to carry that feeling to tape. I get pumped up. I think, "What's going to sound good after 'I Wanna Be Sedated' and before 'Santeria' by Sublime?" I wanted to write songs that would stand up in that situation. I also wanted good hooks and choruses. If a song stands out on acoustic guitar you know you have something.
Q. When did you decide to put a lot of time and energy into a cover band?
A. I learned a lot when I was in the Max about what makes a band go. The Max is still going. I do the cover thing to support myself doing music. It keeps my chops up, I get to perform, I earned the money to fund the original record, and I learn what works live.
Q. How's the crowd reaction to the original songs?
A. I'm surprised. People are digging the original songs as much as the cover songs. Having people say they really like track three ("Run Away") is really cool. I'm not trying to blow people away. I'm just trying to do songs people like.
Q. Is it difficult to jump from covers to originals?
A. Performing original music is tricky. With covers, you get instant gratification because people recognize the songs and, if it's their favorite song, that's a winner right away. When you do original music you expect listeners to be more open minded and you don't always worry about getting paid. There's - Jim Beal music critic San Antonio Express News


"Chris Boss goes from covers to originals12/31/06"

Chris Boss goes from covers to originals
Web Posted: 12/29/2006 07:57 PM CST
Jim Beal Jr.
Express-News Staff Writer
Chris Boss and the Fuss are one of the state's top cover bands. Guitarist, singer and songwriter Boss and the Fuss also have original music that they showcase through songs on the CD "One Hot Night" and during gigs they play as just The Fuss.
Since he came out of Holmes High School, the 30-something Boss has done an excellent job of juggling originals and covers, the guitar hero trip and sideman stints, a teaching side and a performing side.
Q. When did you start playing guitar?
A. When I was about 11 years old. I was listening to bands like Kiss. They were big influences on me. They still are. My first gig was when I was a junior in high school, and it was a battle of the bands competition.
Q. You've had some success in music battles, haven't you?
A. I won three of the Alamo Music Guitar Wars competitions.
Q. Does winning a contest help a career?
A. It was really gratifying. I consider myself a late bloomer, and maybe it will help with longevity. It was cool to win them. When the dust settles, you really haven't done anything, but it was cool and it helps with publicity, that's for sure.
Q. Did you go to college?
A. No. I had music theory in high school, and I took private lessons from Mark Stone at Caldwell Music. I opted to become a full-time musician after high school.
Q. And you teach?
A. I taught guitar at Alamo Music for eight years, but it's been a long time since I've taught. I taught Luke Olson, I taught Jake Owen, I taught the guys from Meek. I have people come up to me and tell me they took lessons from me and they're still playing. It's cool to see them stick with it. When you teach guitar lessons you can tell who's really into it.
Q. Have you ever gone the hired guitar slinger route?
A. When Luke Olson told me he was recording an album I helped him out. I was like the 65th member of the Max, and I've always subbed in bands when I've had the time.
Q. Has making music full time been all you've expected it to be?
A. Once you decide to do it full time you have to wear many hats. You have to be a sound engineer, a purchaser, a driver, a booking agent. I've had to learn to do a lot of things I didn't sign up for. I just wanted to be a guitar player in a rock band. It is work.
Q. How do you balance being a guitar hero, a singer and a bandleader?
A. It's tricky. I grew up wanting to be a guitar hero, but the music sort of shifted away from that. I've had to reinvent myself, but a lot of my influences struck a balance. Jimi Hendrix was a singer, Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson, they're also singers. On this record there's not a lot of guitar pyrotechnics. I've always tried to play what was appropriate for the songs. I'm not going to show off just because I can. I wanted this album to be about the songs.
Q. Why this CD now?
A. For me it represents more what I'm about. I went through a lot of phases and wore a lot of different hats, one of which was even a country hat, before I discovered what I wanted to do. Playing in the bars has given me the chance to meet a lot of people. It's been too long since we had something to promote. It's for the people who go to the bars we play. I like to think the tunes on this record would be able to be covered by another band. How cool would that be?
Q. How do you describe the style of music on "One Hot Night"?
A. I guess it's a little bit of everything I like. Playing live is a lot about the attitudes songs project. In the bars, when everyone is juiced up, people want to hear songs that are energetic, even aggressive. I tried to carry that feeling to tape. I get pumped up. I think, "What's going to sound good after 'I Wanna Be Sedated' and before 'Santeria' by Sublime?" I wanted to write songs that would stand up in that situation. I also wanted good hooks and choruses. If a song stands out on acoustic guitar you know you have something.
Q. When did you decide to put a lot of time and energy into a cover band?
A. I learned a lot when I was in the Max about what makes a band go. The Max is still going. I do the cover thing to support myself doing music. It keeps my chops up, I get to perform, I earned the money to fund the original record, and I learn what works live.
Q. How's the crowd reaction to the original songs?
A. I'm surprised. People are digging the original songs as much as the cover songs. Having people say they really like track three ("Run Away") is really cool. I'm not trying to blow people away. I'm just trying to do songs people like.
Q. Is it difficult to jump from covers to originals?
A. Performing original music is tricky. With covers, you get instant gratification because people recognize the songs and, if it's their favorite song, that's a winner right away. When you do original music you expect listeners to be more open minded and you don't always worry about getting paid. There's - Jim Beal music critic San Antonio Express News


Discography

Chris has recorded numerous pieces of original music which has been featured on major network television, radio, ad jingles, pro sporting events, and more.   

Chris Boss band is a very versatile group performing the best of many genres. 100% of Chris' performance is based on popular well known cover music. The music contained within this EPK is written by Chris Boss and is used solely for the promotion of original music for sale and does not reflect music performed during live events. 


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Bio

Chris Boss and his group have performed at the following venues over the last few years.

The Wynn Casino Las Vegas, NV
Mandalay Bay Casino Las Vegas, NV
Hooters Casino Las Vegas, NV
House of Blues Las Vegas, NV
House of Blues Orlando, FL
Bentley Reserve San Francisco, CA
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
And much more...

Witness their live show and you'll know exactly why Chris Boss has become one of the most demanded and hardest working bands in the area! The group is fronted by the "dual threat" of lead vocalist/lead guitarist Chris Boss. Chris is an award winning, ultra unique artist capable of effortlessly taking the audience on a stylistic thrill ride across multiple genres while showcasing his flashy guitar style. The group attributes their appeal to simply "giving audiences what they want." Which is only popular songs by classic and modern artists. "Being ultra versatile is so important" says Chris. It's that commitment to involving the audience and that has the group performing regionally over 200 dates per year.

Completely self contained, they are well equipped with their own travel ready rig consisting of their state of the art sound system and lighting.

Chris and his group travel all over the country including performances in Las Vegas at both The Wynn, Mandalay Bay and Hooters casinos and others. Chris Boss, a very unique Texas artist has shared the stage with many well known groups such artists as KISS, Steve Vai, Merle Haggard, Slash and many, many others. And just this year had one of his original songs selected to be featured on the hit NBC drama "Mercy" Chris has earned many accolades including winning the "Guitar Wars Competition" three times, a nomination for musician of the year -SA News and many more. He performs the National Anthem for various events including a recent "hair raising rendition" for over 18,000 fans at a sold out NBA playoff game, AHL Hockey games, Texas A&M Football and more.

Influenced by so many greats has critics making comments such as this... "Chris seems to have soaked up like a sponge all of the best characteristics of the masters and seems to wring them out over audiences with his own injection of style and soul." Recognized in his hometown of San Antonio as a bit of a local celeb, Chris is more than just the "guitar hero" he is often labeled. He is also an accomplished vocalist, gushing with charisma and a passion for entertaining people. Using a variety of stunning renditions of popular music. Backing him is a band of seasoned, world class pros accomplished in their own right, providing the backbone of this unique artist on the rise.

Chris got his start by entering local battle of the band, and guitar competitions at the age of 16. He was recognized with the Best Guitarist Award in his very first public appearance a Battle of the Bands at Sunken Gardens Amphitheater. He was hired shortly after that at a music school as full time guitar instructor at the age of 18. Shortly thereafter, Chris found himself in the role of an in demand recording session player. After recording numerous albums and tracks with various artists he was invited to tour with many of the popular groups he recorded for. This eventually led to Chris stepping out of the shadows and into the spotlight as a frontman of his own group. When he finally decided to jump into the club scene, he was all in and there was no looking back. He made an immediate impact by playing 250 dates a year at top nightclubs, private and corporate events. 

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