Chris Canas Band

Chris Canas Band

 Milford, Michigan, USA
BandBluesSoul

The Chris Canas Band is one of Michigan's leading bands for live music. With their diverse mix of Blues, Funk, and Soul they are always well equipped to bring the party wherever they go. With heart-wrenching vocals, pulse pounding rhythms, and an electric energy that can be felt in the air. Don't miss an opportunity to see the CCB "LIVE" and in the flesh. Do your Soul a favor and feed it some hot Bluesberry Pie with a side order of fr

Biography

Chris Canas (aka Christopher Lenard Cottingham) was born on July 18th, 1984 to Angela and Lenard Cottingham. He has grown with music in his life whether it be his Mom singing to him or taking him to see Ray Charles at Hart Plaza or his Dad singing and dancing him to sleep as a kid. Music is part of his very soul and is the main reason he has grown into such a musical person today. His first true instrument was discovered when he chose a Coronet over all other instruments because he was too shy to speak up and claim the Saxophone in 5th grade. But he loved it nonetheless and treated it as if the sounds he could make were doubling as a musical release as well as a therapeutic one. Chris quickly rose through the rankings of 5th grade band only to find his music instructor David Drake promoted him to Jazz band. It was this move to Jazz that truly piqued Chris' interest in another realm of music. While in Jazz band Chris played all over eventually landing with the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts group. He primarily joined the jam portion of the group and performed at Bird of Paradise, the Firefly Club, Top of The Park, and even The Ann Arbor Art Fair on numerous occasions. He was being primed to follow in the footsteps of Miles, Monk, Baker, Parker, and Marsallis. But something happened to this young man at the tender age of 10 that was just starting to boil over. The Blues had taken him and it wasn't going to ever let him go. Chris' Uncle Jamerson rolled up in a Cherry Red T-Top Camaro and was bumping BB King’s "Thrill Is Gone" with all his speaker systems might, and an innocent shy boy immediately began his transition into a Blues Man.

Chris eventually discovered a rickety old dusty P-Bass in his grandmother's garage which only had 2 strings on it. Chris took it upon himself to clean it up real good so he could play it. Only problem was he didn't yet know how to fix a Bass so he just learned on those 2 rickety rusted strings. His parents eventually realized that music was his passion and got it completely fixed so he could finally learn how to play the full Bass. Eventually even that wasn't enough and Chris picked up Piano, Sax, Drums, Harmonica, and eventually found his true love.....The Guitar. His first guitar was a cherry red Squire with a celebrate diversity sticker on it and a rainbow strap. Yeah Chris likes color apparently. Now he was ready to go off and learn guitar. He spent days locked away in his room and after learning every BB King, Albert King, and Freddie King song note for note for 6 months he wrote his first album at the age of 15 "Shades of Blue". Of course this was after he didn't get a Playstation for Christmas but instead got a four track mixer which he greatly appreciates.....NOW. Chris went on to win the Ann Arbor Talent Show performing 2 of his songs off of the SOB album "Unforgiven" which he still plays to this day and "The Blues" which was inspired BB King's "A Blues Boys Tune". He landed a gig with Ejuana "Fire" Taylor and went on the road with her and her band for a bit while honing his skills at the Tap Room jam session in Ypsilanti which is still running every Thursday to this day. Chris eventually hooked up with Thornetta Davis and was taken under her wing at the age of 18 and opened his eyes up to the rich Detroit Music scene as well as exposed him to countless Pro musicians. in 2003 Chris formed the, dare I say it one last time, "Chris Canas Hyper Dynamic Blues Revolution" which was later shortened to "The Chris Canas Blues Revolution" which shortened again to "The C2BR" and finally, finally ended with the "Chris Canas Band". Chris has since released a total of 5 albums with his latest being "She's Breaking Me" reaching heights he never thought possible. His is currently finalizing his 6th album "Would You Mind" and is set to unleash it sometime in 2015. Chris has written and arranged well over 150 Original songs and has reimagined a plethora of oldies but goodies. Right now, the Chris Canas Band consists of; Chris Canas on Guitar and Vocals, Angela Cottingham on Percussion and Vocals, Kevin Schoepke on Bass, Greg Sauceda on Drums, Michael Scott on Drums, and our newest member to the Revolution Chris Nordman on Piano and Organ.

Chris " The Soldier For The Blues" Canas, has put together a who’s who of veteran musicians over the years and has learned many many lessons the long hard way to help keep the blues alive and moving forward for all music lovers. The Chris Canas Band has a well  blended set of classic covers and clever, roller coaster like originals that keep the audience captivated and coming back for more.

Lyrics

Red Hot Mama

Written By: Chris Canas

Hey baby,
swing them hips my way
hey baby
swing your hips my way
you know I'm kinda hungry baby
I want thighs with my shake

Chorus
You're a red hot mama, girl you need to be mine
you're a red hot mama , I can see it your eyes
you're the kinda girl that can really bump and grind

squeeze me woman squeeze me like a teddy bear
I want you to squeeze me mama, squeeze me like a teddy bear
do any nasty thing you can, 'cause baby girl I don't care

repeat chorus

ooh wee baby, let me lay you out
hot damn woman, let me lay you out
I'll make it good hot mama, I'll make you scream and shout
you know why mama, you know why

repeat chorus

Free

Written By: Chris Canas

cruisin' by the countryside, travelin' by the wind
I got a smooth groove goin', and baby I have no destination

chorus
I....... I am free, I........ I am free, free from all my pain,
free from all my pain, free from all my pain.

I feel so alive, so alive and free, my soul is flying high,
like the birds and the bees.
seduced by the stars, enchanted by the moon,
kissed by the sun, and hugged by the groove.

repeat chorus

Colorblind Blues

Written By: Chris Canas

Ooohh, I got the blues
And I believe they're gonna be around for a while
I got the blues
and I believe they're gonna be around for a while
This prejudice is killing me
It's a real pain in my back side

chorus-
you can be white
or you be black
you can be asian and the blues don't mind
you can live in Puerta Rico or Afghanistan
what ever, where ever you are the blues is speaking your language.

solo
repeat chorus

I love the blues
Those old colorblind blues.

Pure As Gold

Written By: Chris Canas

Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Oh yeah,,Oh Yeah,

Our leader is taking our babies to war now
Leaving sisters, and brothers, and fathers, and mothers all alone.

chorus
Our love is pure as gold
Our love is pure as gold

Heaven knows I pray to the lord to help mankind to grow and strive
Heaven knows I pray to the lord to help my daughter grow up stronger
Heaven knows I pray..... to the lord

Can somebody please tell me why no body helps one another (oh no no)
Is it oh so wrong to sing a song out of love (yeeaahh)

repeat chorus

Tell me where are all of the daddies of today now
Just leaving their kids at the drop of a dime, that ain't right

repeat chorus

Big Bone Woman

Written By: Chris Canas

Big Bone Woman - Chris Canas

My baby is so damn fine
She puts it on me every day and night
Even when I'm feelin' blues
My honey know just what to do

chorus
'Cause she's a big bone woman (big bone woman)
A big bone woman (big bone woman)
I need a big bone woman for a big bone man like me

My baby sho like her meat
Candied yams and collard greens
Sweet potatoes in her pie
That's how she got those succulent thighs

chorus
She's a big bone woman (big bone woman)
A big bone woman (big bone woman)
I need a big bone woman for a big bone man like me

In the bed is where the music is made
My baby sho takes the cake
She knows how to work her man
I just try and do the best I can

chorus
With a big bone woman (big bone woman)
A big bone woman (big bone woman)
I need a big bone woman for a big bone man like me

We're Gonna Work It Out

Written By: Chris Canas

Baby, you know I love you
And that's never ever gonna change
I've done some things that I'm not proud of
But I come to you now... A different man... A better man... your man

Said we're gonna work it out
I've gotta make a change
My heart's been crying as of late babe
But my love will always remain the same
I was so wrong... oh so wrong, when I claimed my love would fade away
Oh nooo, My soul's breaking down babe, all I need is your loving embraced

chorus
When I made you cry, I didn't mean a single word that I said
We're gonna work it out, I'll start by saying I love you everyday
Every Dayyy, everyday, everydayyyyyy

As I gaze out the window, raindrops of sorrow fill the air babe
I'm so alone, I miss when the wind blows through you hair.
To a distant land darling, my love is with you wherever you are honey
An I really meant it when I said I will love you til death do us part

Chorus

Solo
Chorus and vamp

I'll Always Love You

Written By: Chris Canas

It's been five long years
Since We first got together
I was hoping for another sixty five
'Cause their ain't no way, my love will fade away
no way, no how.

When I'm feeling down, feeling down and blue
oh baby there's only one woman, that can help me out of that mood
That's my angel, how I love her so
and Ima try my damdest not to let her go

When we fuss and fight, all through the night
I feel so bad, I just want to curl up and die
you better believe it baby
now when you say to me, remember how our love use to be
I gently kiss your tears away

When we fuss and fight, all through the night
I feel so bad, I just want to curl up and die
now when you say to me, remember how our love use to be (baby listen to me)
I gently kiss your tears away

We have had our ups and downs, all along that winding road
when life tries to stack the deck
we never choose to fold
I thank God for blessing our love,
for blessing our live, live, live
I'll always, always, always, always, yeah, well
Love youuuuuuuu, yeah baby, yeah

I'm Playing The Blues

Written By: Chris Canas & Angie C.

Find some land, run for cover
storm is brewing, it's like no other
it's breaking down doors and it's shattering glass
It's coming ashore and it's moving fast

they say it is, it ain't the blues, it's r&b, it's country too
it's just too fast, it's slow, it doesn't flow,
it sounds too new, it feels too old, rockin' but it's funky,
and I hear a bit of punk, I'm the one in these shoes,
And I'm playing the blues, I'm playing the blues
Go ahead and play the blues y'all

I'ma bring the blues, It's gonna pack a punch baby
It's gonna sting but it won't hurt much
get ready people 'cause I'm feeling good
I'm playing the blues like I said I would

they say it is, it ain't the blues, it's r&b, it's country too
it's just too fast, it's slow, it doesn't flow,
it sounds too new, it feels too old, rockin' but it's funky,
and I hear a bit of punk, I'm the one in these shoes,
And I'm playing the blues, baby I'm playing the blues
come on y'all

'Cause I'm the one in these shoes
ohh, I'm the one in these shoes
umm, I'm the one in these shoes
and I'm playing the blues. What it is now.

Set List

Hey Ya'll

Don’t Owe You A Thang


You Ain’t Worth A Good Woman


I’ll Play The Blues For You


Would You Mind


She's breaking me


Little red rooster


Crank Dat Blues and Drive


Lonely Night In Georgia


Give Me One Reason


I Got Loaded


Fine as wine


Don't Let The Door Hit Ya


Chain of fools


Since I Met You Baby


Scream


Tennessee Whiskey


Proud Mary


Will it go round in circles


Lover Set Me Free


Have a nice day


Love Me Like A Man


Let's get it on


Many The Miles


Cloud 9


Red hot mama


Wang dang doodle


Mardi Gras Mama


Bright lights


Walk a mile


I'm playing the blues


I wish


Valerie