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Album Review

Guitarist Chris Duarte's Texas Sugar Strat Magik is an impressive debut album, showcasing his fiery, Stevie Ray Vaughan-derived blues-rock. As a songwriter, Duarte is still developing — he fails to come up with any memorable songs, although he does contribute several competent, unexceptional genre pieces — but as an instrumentalist, he's first-rate, spitting out solos with a blistering intensity or laying back with gentle, lyrical phrases. And that's what makes Texas Sugar Strat Magik a successful record — it's simply a great guitar album, full of exceptional playing.

Customer Reviews

Best he ever did

The first, the best......Chris Duarte does a great job on this album. Great music, lyrics, punch, everything.... Tailspin Headwack was also excellent, after those two albums his music has declined. Huge fan of Chris Duarte through it all though. GO OUT and See him live, his guitar and showmanship are some of the best you will ever experience!


Born: February 16, 1963 in San Antonio, TX

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

b. 16 February 1963, San Antonio, Texas, USA. This incredibly talented guitarist/songwriter moved to Austin, Texas in the late 70s, where he immersed himself in the local club scene. He enjoyed a spell with Bobby Mack before bursting onto the blues scene in 1994 with the release of Texas Sugar/Strat Magik, on which he was backed by John Jordan (bass) and Brannen Temple (drums). The album brought immediate acclaim for the band’s gritty, intense southern blues sound, with Duarte singled out for his...
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