The Starlet Room presents

Blues & Bourbon: Chris James & Patrick Rynn Band

All Ages
Blues 433041677571018
Wednesday, April 26
Doors: 5:30pm // Show: 6:30pm

$18 General Admission – $15 SBS Members
This Event is All Ages
All sales are final, please review before purchasing. No Refunds.


Chris James & Patrick Rynn Band

“James and Rynn have a knack for writing and performing songs as if they were living in the glory years of 50’s Chicago blues.”

“Look through your collection of recent blues albums and you’ll probably find the names Chris James and Patrick Rynn. Together, they’ve backed some of the most important names in the blues world. …Stop And Think About It is a fine set of gritty Chicago blues.”

“Chicago Blues couldn’t ask for better representation.”

“…They have dedicated their lives to the blues they love, spending decades backing up true legends and learning from the masters. Patrick and Chris have made a career as sidemen and this CD Stop And Think About It should bring them the notice they so richly deserve.”

Chris James on Guitar / Vocals and Patrick Rynn on Bass have played together for thirty-two years and they have paid their dues. Trouble Don’t Last, their most recent VizzTone album from 2015, showcased the remarkable intensity and subtlety that the San Diego-based pair inevitably brings to their approach. Chris and Patrick are the real deal, whether delving bone-deep into slashing electric Chicago blues classics, cooking up their own meaty originals, or making the occasional foray into acoustic material. James’ vocals ring with ferocity, his fretwork never less than immaculate. Nominated for no less than 11 BMAs as bassist of the year, Rynn lays down grooves as deep as they are subtle; he’s the definition of rock-solid. Growing up on the West Coast, James was playing blues piano at 11 and joining guitarist Tomcat Courtney’s band on harp by 13. Rynn of Toledo Ohio was classically trained on Bass and played with The Griswolds. In 1990 they both moved to Chicago in search of the blues and within six months were working as members of Sam Lay’s band. They’ve been playing together ever since and have backed up such legends as Robert Lockwood Jr., Honeyboy Edwards, Billy Boy Arnold and Junior Wells. These San Diego-based, sartorially splendiferous duo has been inseparable, their telepathic onstage interplay always in evidence whether they’re digging deep into classic postwar blues or dishing up the meaty, satisfying originals prominently featured on their new CD.
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