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"Chris Long's selt titled CD"

Chris Long's full-length debut follows quickly on the heels of a three-song demo, and further establishes him as a first rate vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. Long and his three bandmates perform 11 well-crafted mainstream rock tunes on this self-titled effort, ranging from the hard-hitting, "Perfect One" and "The Moment" to the acoustic "Angel On My Side." The lyrics tend toward the spiritual side, although Long is wise enough not to hit anyone over the head with his messages. The powerful "One More Day" finds him tapping into his blues roots with help from Paul Mulzabaugh's superb organ playing, while "Mountain" has an enticing exotic arrangement. (Contact: chrislongsongs@hotmail.com.)

-- Terrence Flamm
- Illinois Entertainer - August, 2004


"Chris Long - November 2004"

Although it isn't obvious upon initial listening to his recent solo debut, Chris Long was blessed with an early hardcore blues education. Saddled with an older brother who fed him a steady diet of Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, Chris picked up the guitar at age twelve and despite lessons from jazz guitarist Roger Brotherhood, focused entirely on the blues throughout his teenage years. By seventeen, his three-year-old band, Cornerstone, had gathered a strong following in Madison, playing sold out shows that showcased Chris' fiery and fluid blues-rock riffs. Comparisons to Stevie Ray Vaughan were inevitable, but Chris says he didn't want to get stuck in one specific genre and felt there was more to him than the blues-rock genre. Still, his masterful way with this energetic idiom drew the attention of Clyde Stubblefield, the funky drummer himself, who helped Cornerstone commit their sound to disc.

Wanting to expand his talents and concentrate on playing original tunes, Chris disbanded Cornerstone and formed the more rock-oriented Jamora Bell. While he would latter reunite Cornerstone and incorporate a wider variety of influences into their shows, Chris would never again settle for being just a top-notch guitar-slinger. He was bitten by the song-writing bug and headed to Minneapolis to do session work and hone his writing skills. While the myth of a self-taught child prodigy is a fascinating one, Chris understood talent would only carry you so far and there is no substitute for hard work and discipline. Chris also understood you had to meet opportunity halfway, so he decided to move to Chicago in hopes of putting together a solo disc of original songs.

By the time Chris hit the Windy City, his influences had far exceeded his brother's old blues records. While his teenage fascination with Hendrix and Clapton are still major factors in his music, Chris currently draws from a wide variety of reference points including Prince, Cab Calloway, Foo Fighters, and Rusted Root. His endless curiosity for musical invention is reflected in his diverse array of songs. His solo disc blends acoustic finger-picking, ferocious slide, and angular electric to show a taste for funky ska, Spanish flamenco, and snaking Middle Eastern psychedelia.

While it was not his original intent, his solo disc also became very much a group effort. Despite the fact that it's his name on the cover and he wrote all eleven tracks, Chris ended up gathering a group of skilled players that feels more like a band than a collection of sidemen. By his own admission, he was never much a solo artist. While several tracks on the disc were put together with two talented session men, the last track is a live cut showcasing his newfound friends blazing through a soulful and bluesy number that highlights the collaborative efforts of four men with a single agenda.

For a chance to see this guitar wizard live and back on his home turf head directly to Madison's High Noon Saloon on November 27th. Chris and his Chicago band will join Clyde Stubblefield to celebrate Black & Tan's eleventeenth birthday bash, and hopefully give us a glimpse of tracks from his forthcoming second disc, a self-produced affair recorded at his newly completed Jungle Sun Studios in Naperville.

- John Noyd

For more information check out www.chrislongmusic.com

For a taste of his past work with Cornerstone, www.cornerstoneblues.com - Maximum Ink


"Chris Long's three-song EP"

Chris Long's self-titled, three-song EP is made up of melodic rock with a pop sensibility and a strong foundation based on solid songwriting. Lyrically earnest, Long's expressive vocals are perfectly married to his music. Adding drums, if not credibility, to the disc is drummer extraordinaire Matt Walker. If this brief offering is any indication, Long has all the elements in place for a career with longevity. Here's hoping he finds it without compromising his art.
(Contact: chrislongsongs@hotmail.com.)

-- Jaime de'Medici
- Illinois Entertainer


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Chris Long self-titled CD released in 2004.

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Most teenagers grow up listening to the songs of the day -- not Chris Long.

Chris grew up listening to the blues; his older brother, Erik, made sure of it by spinning records of Muddy Waters & Howlin’ Wolf.

At the age of 12 Chris Long bought his first guitar. After a few years of lessons, his fingers were drawn to the sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. At 14 Long started his own blues-rock band called “Cornerstone” in Madison, WI. By the time Chris was 17 Cornerstone venues were sold out and Long was known all over Madison as the local guitar wizard.

Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame drummer Clyde Stubblefield was inspired by Chris Long’s amazing guitar ability and offered Cornerstone his assistance with the production of the band’s first studio release.

The mid-nineties brought along Chris’ first original rock band, “Jamora Bell”, a heavier and more complex version of Cornerstone that was the training ground for Chris’ original writing.

After playing with Jamora Bell Chris moved to Minneapolis, MN where he focused on writing songs and developing his voice through lessons and session work.
Chris who now resides in Naperville, IL has recently recorded at The Chicago Recording Company and Paragon Studios with the help of Matt Walker (formerly of Filter, Smashing Pumpkins) and Sol Snyder (formerly of Cupcakes).

Chris Long is a guitarist/singer/songwriter that has done session work for Clyde Stubblefield, improv jams with Matt Sorum, and has written music that can help fill the void on the radio dial today. To hear his record is inspiring, to see him live is awesome.