The Chris Harland Blues Band
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The Chris Harland Blues Band

Canberra, Canberra, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Canberra, Canberra, Australia
Established on Jan, 2014
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"A Long Time Coming - Album of the Week (2RRR)"

Chris Harland Blues Band - “A Long Time Coming”

Hailing from Canberra ACT the Chris Harland Blues Band have released their long awaited new album, “A Long Time Coming”. Together with Chris Harland (Lead Vocals/Guitar) is Wayne Kelly (Keyboards), Paul Leeder (Bass Guitar) and Mitch Preston (Drums/Percussion). The recording features Chris’ own written songs together with classics from Chester Burnett (aka Howlin’ Wolf), Otis Rush and John Lee Hooker. Having been voted best instrumentalist of the year by the Canberra Blues Society in 2008, Chris Harland has forged ahead with a superb new album release, A Long Time Coming features not only a splendid set of studio recorded songs but unique gems from rare live recordings as well…. Colin Briscoe (Radio Presenter/Programmer – 2RRR-88.5FM Feel Good Revival ) …. “A Long Time Coming is smooth blues from four highly skilled practitioners in the art. These guys know the blues, have been playing it for years and together have produced a beautiful record” – Chris Johnson (Canberra Bureau Chief – SMH)

- By Colin Briscoe - 2RRR radio

"The Chris Harland Blues Band - A Long Time Coming"

Artist: The Chris Harland Blues Band
Album: A Long Time Coming
Label: CHBB Music
Canberra outfit the Chris Harland Blues Band have released a very classy album that will make you want to keep your CD player button on repeat.
A Long Time Coming is smooth blues from four highly skilled practitioners in the art.
It is a mix of live and studio recorded originals and covers.
Chris Harland leads on guitar and vocals, often sounding spookily like Eric Clapton in both regards. Harland knows his way around the fretboard and makes his guitar sing.
And with Wayne Kelly on keyboards, Paul Leeder on bass and Mitch Preston on drums, the band leader couldn't ask for a better crew of musicians.
These guys know the blues, have been playing it for years and together have produced a beautiful record. - Sydney Morning Herald

"Woodstock 40th Anniversary show - 15/8/09"


"But for me, CHBB, soared and stole the show. The first set Chris and the boys replicated the solid Blues of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band cruising through Little Walter’s Everything’s Gonna Be Alright, the Blues standard, Born Under A Bad Sign, Otis Rush classic, Double Trouble, and closing the set with a fine rendition of the Who’s Eyesight To The Blind which was more Sonny Boy than Townsend.

And after the Joplin set we heard from CHBB again doing Hendrix this time. Wow, doesn’t begin to say it. Powering through three vintage Jimi hits, Hey Joe, Voodoo Chile and Red House they had this old Yanks eyes a-watering with the closing sonic strains of The Star Spangled Banner. Get this Brighton boy Aussie citizenship so we can claim him as ours!"

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"Chris Harland Blues Band with Steve Russell at the Folkus Room 31/10/08"

The Chris Harland Blues Band took to the stage and the guys were looking’ good! Chris’s nod to the Seventies included flares and a gorgeous velvet jacket, Paul wore a cool suit and it was basic black for Jon. Starting with a very smooth and laid back intro of Buddy Guy’s Mary Had A Little Lamb, the band then moved onto Stormy Monday by T-Bone Walker followed by a boppy original, Hume Highway. Another up-tempo original, Had Enough Of You, with its wailing guitar and very solid rhythm section support, provided more bop. Despite Billy’s nervous announcement, ‘This is as electronic as the Folkus Room will get’, the room sound was excellent.

‘Here’s a song by Buddy Guy. Saw him this year’. Damn Right I’ve Got The Blues featured a fatter sound with some great bass along with squeakin’ and screechin’ guitar moving through to a soft, gentle finish with especially nice drum work (and did I detect a little Star Wars Blues from the Star Wars tragic playing the guitar?) Overheard an ‘anonymous’ guitarist in the audience remarking, ‘He’s getting too good. I’ll have to break his hands’. And when too much Buddy Guy is not enough, the next song was the cruisy There Is Something On Your Mind, which is performed by Buddy Guy but was written by Big Jack McNeely. Chris has a clear knack of choosing songs that suit both his voice and his guitar-style and take you away from everyday life. I guess that’s the job of the blues.

Albert King’s Crosscut Saw, with its solid rhythm, had just the right effect to inspire the dancers and they stayed up for Everyday I Have The Blues by BB King with its singing guitar. All the while, Paul reliably underpinned the music and looked like he was really enjoying himself. The dancing continued when the guys moved on to Let Me Love You Baby, another Buddy Guy number and the last song before a break, during which Kev Austin, soundguy-extraordinaire, continued to tweak the system. Gotta love a perfectionist sound man.

The second set began with an old blues standard, Robert Johnson’s Ramblin’ On My Mind, which eventually merged with Mayall’s Have You Heard. ‘I go ramblin’’, could have been describing the music – subtle and driving by turns. By now, as my blues-mate Bron observed, Chris had the whole room mesmerised. OMG, I just LOVE this band. And so did the rather enthusiastic, loud and burbling drunk punter at the back of the room who had stepped in to take over from the bar and kitchen racket. OK, that’s my last mention of *beep*ing noise. Guess I’ll just have to get over it.

There was more dancing and (almost) disco lights for Messing With The Kid, a Junior Wells hit and I’ve noticed this three-piece does a great job in seeking a balanced overall sound and achieving it most of the time. While the seated audience lapped up Chris totally putting his instrument through its paces (I was especially impressed with his Theremin effect), one couple stayed on the dance floor to sway in time during a particularly sensational lead break.

The next song, Blues Guitar, was a magnificent original. ‘All I really wanna do is play the blues on my guitar.’ I can see why and I hope he always does. Eerie and atmospheric with a little echo and some strange whale-like noises, Blues Guitar takes us ‘somewhere’ on a musical trip and then brings us gently back. This one really needs to be recorded and put out ‘there’. In my view it could/should be their first single. On the other hand, Somehow, Someday, Somewhere, is another brilliant but quite different original. It delivers a raunchy beat with a deliberately grungy edge. Hard to choose between them.

The Blind Joe Reynolds delight, Outside Woman Blues ‘When you lose your money, please don’t lose your mind’, was incredibly groovy. One of those songs that immediately takes me back to ‘another time, another place’. Cream’s Politician is appropriately strident and driving as is Five Long Years, an R&B tune made popular by Eddie Boyd. By playing several songs of similar vibe in a row, combined with very good sound, the band offered a most enjoyable and extended flow of music. By this time all the CDs brought along by Chris (recorded in a previous life) had been bought and there were calls for more. Since there are no more, I think it’s time these three got their act together to meet the needs of their fans.

‘Wadda ya say? We get Steve Russell back on?’ With Steve Russell right up front, they launched into Albert King’s Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven and the sound those two made together was mind-blowing. Was Steve’s electric guitar another new purchase? No matter. They were able to make their guitars talk to each other, settling in for a session of call and respond and showing off BIG TIME, ‘Testosterone can be a wonderful thing.’ ‘Sometimes.’ However, after several calls to applaud Chris and Steve, I began to wonder why only Chris and Steve? Why not Jon and Paul? (Sounds like a Beatles quiz).

Chris then took the lead break that confirmed my early susp -



You can always rely on Chris Harland and his eponymous band to serve up a high standard of searing Chicago Blues and promise to put on a performance that will not be forgotten in a hurry.

Chris Harland is originally from Brighton, UK and has been residing in Australia since 2007.

Chris Harland strides onto the Oz blues scene, the grand Brit tradition of Clapton, Beck, Page and Green, cocked and ready over one shoulder, deadly as a pearl-handled Strat.

Chris Harland digs the Blues from deep in the Chicago mother-lode: taut, electric, urgent. A blues subtle when it sorrows, cutting when it struts; blues high, wide and gutbucket; a blues lonely as a distant freight train wailing through a midnight one-horse town.

Chris’ voice is tough, husky, plaintive, his blues guitar tumbling, darting, tart. Bite down on his no-prisoners riffing: sore-toe, hang-nail, fretful, the flight and the fury and the old, bold story stropped to a humbucking, hambone edge.

[Chris was voted Instrumentalist of 2008 by the Canberra Blues Society.]


At sixteen years of rage, Chris Harland grabbed a guitar and started picking his way towards the high-voltage playing of his heroes Clapton and Co. - “Those guys… talking to each other with their music… I wanted to express my feelings this way…” - Chris Harland’s native-bled blues mutters of motorways, mad cows and hot, smoky pubs, crowded with anxious, Anglo rhythms.

In the Land of Oz, Chris has performed alongside well known blues artists such as Rod “Beachhead” Jeffrey, Fiona Boyes, Ali Penney, Steve Russell, Jonno Zilber, Marji Curran, Adam Hole...  And he has chosen rock-steady anchors to frame his restless and ranging art.

Bassist Paul Leeder has backed some of the hottest of our rock and blues legends - Jeff St John, Wendy Saddington, Angry Anderson. With a touch as soft as thunder and a muscular grip on the ground-zero of blues, Paul preps the launch-pad for every soaring solo.

Drummer Mitch Preston has been on the live music scene since 1975. He's just about played it all: rock, jazz, blues, reggae, funk, country, big band and stage productions. Mitch’s powerhouse blues style perfectly complements Chris’ huge sound.

Ace keyboard player Wayne Kelly joined the band in 2014 and his talent turns the heat up another notch! Wayne has been playing music since he was 11 years old; his love for the keyboard began when his parents introduced an organ into the family home.  Lessons began with the organ and moved onto the pipe organ and then finally the piano when he was 15.

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