Band members are Chris Thomas King (vocals, guitar and piano), Bill Burke (bass) and Jeff Mills (drums).
Chris Thomas King came into his own while expanding on traditional musical horizons that were inherited from his father, Tabby Thomas. Born and bred in the Delta tradition, King's success as a bluesman was virtually guaranteed while he performed under the umbrella of his father's genre. He grew up among the finest blues musicians in the genre at his father's blues club and began touring with artists like Buddy Guy and B. B. King in his teens.
His music was not only influenced by the blues, but by early hip-hop and country music, styles he fuses to create his own unique sound. Initially known for his audacious fusion of blues and hip-hop, Chris Thomas King reached a whole new audience starring in and scoring music for the Coen Brothers film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, not only appearing on the award-winning soundtrack, but establishing himself as a serious dramatic actor as well. King has continued to act in and score motion pictures including the Oscar winning Ray. King has also written and recorded more than 150 songs that are in demand for license to motion pictures, documentaries and television programs. The new album, Sketches of Treme, is Chris Thomas King's first full-length studio album since the release of the Handy-nominated Rise, in 2006.
Sketches of Treme creates a fresh but ancient meditative groove syncopated by djembe and various percussions. These new original arrangements take's King's sound from his best known acoustic recordings like O Brother, Where Art Thou and Down from the Mountain. King cranks up the electric guitar with his power trio on several tracks.