The Chris Duarte Group emerged on the scene out of Austin, Texas in the early 90’s and gained notoriety after wowing a packed room of industry insiders at the South X Southwest convention. In the wake of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s passing, Duarte quickly gained a national reputation as young man imbued with a playing style comparable at times to the late guitarist. After fielding interest from a number of labels, Duarte signed to Silvertone Records and his debut album “Texas Sugar/Strat Magik” reportedly sold in excess of 100,000 units in the United States, no small feet for a blues/rock guitarist. This coupled with Duarte’s strong commitment to touring, was the impetus for Chris’ winning the “Best New Talent” in Guitar Player’s 1995 Reader’s Poll. He also finished fourth in the magazine’s “Best Blues Guitarist” category that year behind legends Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and B.B. King.
Duarte is internationally recognized for being one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time as any google search will tell you. Duarte is a perennial touring artist and has fans all over the world. When Duarte made his debut in the 90’s Guitar Player magazine voted him best new talent over Dave Matthews and Joe Bonamassa. Duarte is one of the few guitarists alive that can channel the soul and technique of Stevie Ray Vaughan and his CD’s and live shows always include songs that are reminiscent of the late great SRV.