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Chris Daniels & the Kings played their first show on March 14, 1984. Chris has toured Europe 20 times and played in the States from South Carolina to Seattle, New York City to LA. The seven piece rockin' band, called "funky-blues" by the Europeans, is an all out "horn band" celebrating their 24th year making great R&B, funk, "jump blues" and rock n roll. In THE SUMMER OF 2008 they will release their 11th CD. Their 10TH CD (called 10) came out IN EUROPE in 2006! They have been compared to "Little Feat with horns" and "John Hiatt meets Tower of Power" and “Keb Mo meets The Subdudes with horns.”
Starting in 1991 the band made a name for themselves touring Europe: playing for the Queen of Holland at the 50 Year VE Day Celebration and at Europe’s famous Parkpop Rock Festival for 450,000. They have headlined festivals from Mediterranean to the North Sea. They have had number one records on Holland’s number one rock show, “Countdown Café” rand had front page success with cover articles in De Telegraph and De Standard in Amsterdam and Brussels.
RECORDINGS: Their latest, ”10” (2006) won praise all across America and Europe including reviews in Amsterdam and a “Top Ten” nod from THE LOS ANGLES TIMES. “10”marks a return to roots music: soul sounds of the Memphis horns and New Orleans blues & funk that made the Kings a favorite in the US and Europe.”
Their 2004 CD, " The SPARK " was released in The States, Europe, Japan and is also available in South America on Casino Royal. That CD won awards for Best Record of 2004 from HapiSkratch and featured a remarkable list of "special guests" including Sonny Landreth, Sam Bush, Bill Payne, Mollie O'Brien, Hazel Miler, Ritchie Furay, Tony Furtado, Steve Riley, Sam Broussard plus many many more. It is available in Benelux on Music & Words, in Japan on Buffalo Records, home of Hot Cub of Cow Town and the Asylum Street Spankers, and on PKS in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Tracks from that CD and “Louie Louie” are featured on DJK compilations in Buenos Ares, Argentina. Louie Louie, dedicated to famed Dutch radio personality Big Al, was an award winning swing tribute to the music of Louie Jordan, Louie Prima, and Louie Armstrong. Now in its fifth pressing that CD was released in the States and oversees in 1999 (by BMG Germany) and has won several including “Best Design” from the national Design Association.
TOURING: Chris Daniels & the Kings have toured over two continents and have been asked to appear in such diverse places as The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, South America, Curacao, Japan, and all over Europe. Chris has appeared with the B.B. King, Uncle Cracker, Blues Traveler, The Neville Brothers, Delbert McClinton, Sister Hazel, Sheryl Crow, Robert Cray, Taj Mahal, Al Kooper, Bonnie Raitt, Ziggy Marley, The Fixx, to name only a few. They are headliners on international festivals, like Ribs & Blues Festival with their buddies THE BLUESMASTERS, at Marktrock, Berchem Blues, and the Lokeren festivals in Belgium, and the Kings have toured as the back up band for Sonny Landreth, David Bromberg, Al Kooper, Bo Diddly, Francine Reed and Dutch guitarist Jan Rijbroek in places like Paris, Rome, and Amsterdam, and with Bonnie Raitt and members of Little Feat and Was Not Was at the Roxey in LA to name only a few they have worked with in the States and Europe. Die hard fans from Italy to Holland rocked with this remarkable artist on TV including a groundbreaking high-definition TV show for HDnet the all high definition TV, VH-1, TNN, Much Music/Canada, NIppon TV/Japan, Crooked River Grove, KUSA, and on Onhe Filter, AVRO, KAVRO, Paris MTV, and Brussles 1, in Europe, on Swing TV in Buenos Ares, Argentina and in 2007 on the Altitude Sports and Entertainment Network
Chris Daniels is not related to Charlie or Jack so he's had to bust his ass with his guitar -- starting as a 17 year old song writer and guitarist back in the 70s when he played with Kate Taylor, David Johansen, (before the New York Dolls) and later with Russell Smith (after The Rhythm Aces). Chris has preformed thousands of shows, touring 46 out of every 52 weeks. He has worked making records with some of the most respected musicians in the business including Sonny Landreth, Sam Bush, David Bromberg, Al Kooper, Bill Payne, and Don Was to name only a few. As a record producer several CDs including the award winning “Icos” for Hazel Miller “ICONS”, featuring standards and guests like famed trumpeter Ron Miles.
As a guitarist, song writer, and band leader Chris has served as musical director with his band when the Kings backed Francine Reed, The Coaster, Drifters, Platters, Bo Diddly, Was Not Was, Mary Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Percy Sledge, solo members of Little Feat, Sam Bush, John Cowan and many others.
As a singer, Chris has been featured on commercials all across the US and Canada for McDonalds, Ford, Coors Beer, Village Inn and many more.