Chris Alcaraz

Chris Alcaraz

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Building on a roots rock foundation, More Love's high-spirited tunes jangle and grind with powerful, distinctive hooks and shimmering vocal harmonies in a collection of music that would get the dead tapping their toes.

Biography

When asked about his coolest recent show, Chris replied: "Opening for ZZ Top was amazing." "Elvis may be the King, but Billy Gibbons is the Guru."

Singer/songwriter/bassist Chris Alcaraz started out in music as a four-year-old classical violinist, and has entertained audiences worldwide ever since. His professional gigs began at fourteen along with drummer and fellow Beatle nut Travis McNabb (Better Than Ezra, Sugarland). He later attended Arizona State University on a jazz scholarship and performed in the Symphony Orchestra. During this time he worked with Grammy nominee Joey Cadrecha and Grammy winning producer Mike Broening. As an accomplished blues musician, Chris also backed blues icons Joe Houston and Bo Diddley.

After graduation, his move to Austin, Texas meant delving deeper into fundamental American musical roots and laying down grooves with players from The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Asleep At The Wheel, Junior Brown and Texas Tornados. One night during a show, Ernie Durawa of the Tornados called Chris to the stage where he delivered his trademark powerhouse performance and was subsequently invited on his first international tour.

Within a year, Chris had relocated overseas to meet growing popularity and recorded his first solo CD. While these richly satisfying sounds clearly contain a mixture of back-to-basics melodic guitar-pop influences, the music's freshness and breadth takes it well beyond a mere combination of the artist's tastes. These are sincere, substantial songs that Dutch radio describes as having a warm familiarity they call "gezellig." Over here we just say it makes you feel good.

Though he usually escapes the heat with a European summer tour, Chris is back at home in Arizona where he has been performing and recording for the past two years with his group More Love. Comprised of some of the top musicians in the valley, More Love is a fantastic juxtaposition of styles. Check out the rest of the lineup...

German born guitarist/composer Peter Storn is well known for his expertise in blending the sounds of jazz, funk, blues, R&B, rock, and Latin into a tasty, expressive contemporary jazz style. Peter studied music in Germany and London, graduated from Musicians Institute in Los Angeles and studied jazz at Arizona State University.

Among others, Peter has worked with Gregg Karukas, Irene Cara, Dennis Rowland, producer Terry Marshall (who has produced Carl Anderson, Robbie Neville, and co-produced with Al McKay from Earth, Wind & Fire), and he collaborated and recorded with recording artist Cliff Sarde. He contributed two original tunes to Sarde's last two albums, with both albums placing in the Billboard charts. Storn's tune "J.M." (on "Dreams Out Loud", Passport Jazz) featured the piano work of Russell Ferrante of the Yellowjackets.

With a list of credits that includes a stint as a vocalist and congero for the Tito Puente band, Miguel Melgoza's soulful playing takes on a new twist with More Love. Witness his drumming on Chris' upright bass (& everything else in sight, for that matter).

When these three virtuoso instrumentalists from different backgrounds get together, something magical happens. Their musical cross-pollenation melds amazingly to create the uniquely beautiful sound of three different dialects of the same musical language exchanging ideas.

Lyrics

You Really Don't Care

Written By: Chris Alcaraz

Tell me why
Your eyes they just don't see
How we help each other
Through life's tragedy

If I stumble
Will you catch my fall
No you really don't care
You really don't care at all

I used to hold you
Every single night
Now you build a fortress
Just for spite

As you pick
At every little flaw
Like you really don't care
You really don't care at all

Think about
The way I feel
In this love
You've got to give to show it's real

I'll be up all night
Wondering what you're doing
And how long we'll hang on
To love in ruin

If you're not coming home tonight
Just call
Oh you really don't care
You really don't care at all

Anne

Written By: Chris Alcaraz

Anne
You come from Waco
To see the big show
But would it be all right
Would you get uptight
If you stay the night

Anne
You don't know what to do
With these feelings inside you
Well let me show you how
Come on and take a bow
'Cause you're a big girl now

Ahh - stay the night
Ahh - feel alright
Feel alright
The wrinkles in your dress
Don't bother Jesus
You make such a big fuss
Ambivalent seductress
Anne

Anne
I swear you won't go blind
Hard man good to find
If we had the time
Then this were no crime
Tonight, you're mine

Ahh - stay the night
Ahh - feel alright
Feel alright
The wrinkles in your dress
Don't bother Jesus
You make such a big fuss
Ambivalent seductress
Anne

Because I Love You

Written By: Chris Alcaraz

Because I Love You
I would never do you wrong
Because I Love You
It's here that I belong

Because I Love You
Anything we do
Means everything to me
Just to be with you

Because I Love You
There's no need to criticize
Because I Love You
Only understanding in your eyes

Because I Love You
Sweet words that I say
Will remind you that you're loved
More and more each day

Now that we've found our love
Fills me with happiness
Flowering like the stars
Measureless as a kiss

Because I Love You
I will always sing my heart to make you smile
Because I Love You
Just thinking of you makes it all worthwhile

Because I Love You
And my aim is true
Because I Love You
And you love me too

One More Bottle

Written By: Chris Alcaraz

One more reason
One more rhyme
Complicating
Eggshell minds

One more holding
One more breath
T.V. on and
Wait for death

One discovers
Life is hard
Wonders why we're
Dealt that card

Once accepting
Who we are
What's important
Ain't so far

One more bottle

Hey, what's your crutch
Now that you have seen so much
When wishes don't come true
Is it all that you can do

One more dollar
One more pill
One less dream
To fulfill

One more preacher
With a price
To be saved by
Jesus Christ

One more bottle

Hey, what's your crutch
Now that you have seen so much
When wishes don't come true
Is it all that you can do

One more vacant
Pensive mood
In the bliss of
Solitude

One more chance for
Self-neglect
Don't switch off your
Intellect

One more bottle

Gone Gone Gone

Written By: Chris Alcaraz

I got my money
My ticket
All that shit
I even got myself a little
Shaving kit

Because I'm
Gone gone gone
Gone on down the line

I got my toothbrush
Some mouthwash
All that too
I didn't even save a little
Bit for you

Because I'm
Gone gone gone
Gone on down the line

You didn't wanna help me
When you really could
Right now babe you can't
Do me no good

Because I'm
Gone gone gone
Gone on down the line

At Home

Written By: Chris Alcaraz

Did life seem to disappoint you
Thought it all was guaranteed
Sometimes emptiness is better
Than filling holes
With things that you don't need

When you
Find someone to solve your problems
Buy a place to call your own
When you
Drive the car that makes you happy
Will you
Finally feel like you're at home

Imagine you are what you wanted
Appreciate what you don't lack
Make the most of what you're given
And start giving something back

When you
Find someone to solve your problems
Buy a place to call your own
When you
Drive the car that makes you happy
Will you
Finally feel like you're at home

Discography

Chris Alcaraz LP
Anne -
Radio Rijnmond, Radio Moro
BBC Radio 2
To Your Heart-
BBC Radio 2
You Really Don't Care-
Radio HBW 92.5

Set List

*We have only listed gigs open to the public on our schedule. Thank you.*

A typical Phoenix area club gig consists of 4-45 minute sets. While these are generally considered cover gigs, we do up to 1/3 original material and it is always well received.

As an opening act, we'll do one 30-45 minute original set. And when headlining, we'll play as long as we're given. While we like playing a few of our favorite covers on these shows, we always include our signature "Who Do You Love"/Not Fade Away" To find out why, please check out www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoM8GPKFwBM
and start about 2 minutes into it where it really gets cooking.

Here's a list of our cover tunes:
The Beatles
Back In The U.S.S.R.
Don't Pass Me By
Here, There and Everywhere
Norwegian Wood
Nowhere Man
Rocky Racoon
Strawberry Fields Forever
While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Beck
Devil's Haircut

Big Joe Turner
Flip, Flop & Fly

Chuck Berry
Around and Around
Roll Over Beethoven

David Bowie
Fa