Thursday, November 25, 2010

“Chris Eger Band “- Chris Eger Band (Self released)

By Malcolm Kennedy 
The Chris Eger band plays tough R&B and blue-eyed soul with a guitar edge filtered through rock and a touch of blues. Even when Chris plays homage to the all mighty guitar and icons like Stevie Ray Vaughan, he does it with a funky groove.

Formed in 2007 in Mount Vernon, Washington,  the band is made up of Chris on guitar and vocals, Brendan Abshier on keyboards and vocals, Mark Clark on drums, and Chris' father Randall Eger on bass. The album also features the Powerhouse Horns: Pete Kirkman on trumpet and Mike West on saxophone. This debut self-produced and self-titled CD features 10 tracks opening with an inviting take on AI Green's classic "Love and Happiness," followed by Lil' Dave Thompson's "Standin' In The Rain" and also features a couple of Heatherly's tunes including the standout "Wrong Five O'Clock" a relationship song with the line 'I got home at the wrong five o'clock."

The album also features four original tunes with the soulful "Lay It Down," Chris' ode to the guitar, he sings 'turn it on, crank it up, lay it down! ' and that is exactly what they do. On Rollin' Thunder, co-written by Chris and Brendan, Chris sings about 'two wheeled warriors' and opens the throttle a little on his axe too. Chris has been playing guitar since he was 13, and the other members of the band have been playing around the region for many years as well. The Chris Eger Band is an excellent live act that performs with energy and style. I recommend you check them out and get a copy of their CD quick because everywhere they play they sell out all the CD's they bring with them (It's the only place to buy it, or I would have put a link here!!).

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