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Texas Sugar Strat Magik

Chris Duarte Group

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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!

Biography

Born: February 16, 1963 in San Antonio, TX

Genre: Blues

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

Austin-based guitarist, songwriter, and singer Chris Duarte has often been compared with the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. It's heady stuff for the musician, who plays a rhythmic style of Texas blues-rock that is at times reminiscent of Vaughan's sound, and at other times reminiscent of Johnny Winter. The truth is, Duarte has his own sound that draws on elements of jazz, blues, and rock & roll. Although he is humbled by the comparisons with the late Vaughan, the San Antonio-raised musician began playing...
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