Chris Thomas King - King of 21st Century Blues

Chris Thomas King - King of 21st Century Blues

Chris Thomas King (born October 14, 1962 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an American blues musician and actor. He is the son of blues musician Tabby Thomas.

In the 2000 movie O’ Brother, Where Art Thou?, he played legendary bluesman Tommy Johnson. On the “O Brother…” soundtrack he plays Skip James’ “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues”. In the 2004 movie Ray, he played bandleader Lowell Fulson. He has also appeared in several documentaries about the blues and about music.

He has won awards including "Album of the Year" for both Grammy Award and Country Music Awards. King has sold more than 10 million records in the United States.

Betsy Badwater

Betsy Badwater hammers down a stout distillation of rockabilly, country, blues, soul and high-lonesome. Betsy writes the songs, sings, plays guitar, and a tambourine-topped bass drum all at the same time -a One-Woman-Band-WITH a band. The Americana bandleader insists on organic instrumentation, guts-out-gospel vocalization, and rich, passionate, storytelling.

Betsy Badwater comes from the Suwannee River.... We’ve heard it told that she was born in the mouth of an alligator, wearing red high-heels and singin’ the blues. She says a lot of things. Whether or not these tales are true, we do know that she is a former 6-12th grade teacher and mental health counselor in residential facilities for adjudicated male youth. Funding cuts for mental health in the state of Florida shut down the facility where she worked for many years. Betsy took losing her job as a sign and turned to her hearts desire to play music and create art as permanent way of life. The same formal education and work ethic that made Betsy successful in her academic and counseling career still serves to keep her unsinkable in her new life. The struggles never had a chance to squash her soul.

In just the last 4 years, Betsy has recorded three 16-20 song albums, toured annually and has opened for many of her heroes. Betsy Badwater & The Hillbilly Chrome have performed as supporting act for David Allen Coe, Chris Thomas King, Rodney Atkins, Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel, Larry Mitchell Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, The Ten Foot Pole Cats, Ramblin’ Steve Gardner & Bill Steber, Miss Izzy Cox, and more. Betsy Badwater has been featured on NPR radio shows as well as commercial radio stations in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas, as well as featured on PBS television, CNN and Headline News.

Betsy is also, proudly, the daughter of a long line of Primitive "Footwashin'" Baptist preachers, church founders, and singers. Like Ralph Stanley, Betsy learned, from infancy, to sing in the Appalachian High-Lonesome and shape-note ”song lining” singing style heard almost exclusively in Primitive Baptist churches. Betsy’s gigantic voice came out of a family of gigantic voices- when there’s no music in church, you have to sing “out.” The sound can be as frightening as it is beautiful.

"Nearly a decade after working with Ray Charles on the score for the Grammy- and Academy Award-winning film “Ray,” Chris Thomas King chose to work with Badwater. “I think she’s a very good songwriter, and I think her songs can go quite far,” King said of Badwater and the songs he produced for her upcoming album."
- Michael L. Smith, Pensacola News Journal (Jun 21, 2013)

Betsy's newest record, released Aug 17, 2013, Hometown Money, was completed at The Music Shed Recording Studio in New Orleans, LA with the fabulous Recording Engineer, Ben Lorio. Hometown Money features Grammy-winning movie star and Blues/Americana hero, Chris Thomas King ( O' Brother Where Art Thou, Ray) as Producer and multi-instrumentalist. Betsy toured Hometown Money as a One-Man-Band with a 52 date / 9 state tour of The South, from August to October of 2013 accompanied by Miss Izzy Cox (Austin, Texas), Denton Hatcher & The Soap Box Blues (Baton Rouge, LA), D.Anson Brody (Fort Worth, TX), and Andrew Delaney (Dallas, TX).

2014 OMB Summer Tour (again partnered by Miss Izzy Cox) kicks off August 1st at Vinyl Music Hall, Pensacola, FL. Her highly passionate, gritty, as sensuous as raucous albums, Tall Tales, Tales of the Wayward, and Hometown Money are available on all major online music outlets and at live shows.

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Chris Thomas King - King of 21st Century Blues with Betsy Badwater

Friday, June 21 · Doors 8:00 PM at Vinyl Music Hall