Chris Thomas King

Tipitina's

January 07, 2004

BY JASON SONGE


Chris Thomas King is the Grammy award winning Bluesman who used to play every Thursday night at Tipitina’s. He came back home last night to a crowd that moved close to the stage and hung on his every note.

King started the show off with upbeat numbers, including “Big Rock Candy Mountain” and “Simple." It wasn’t until King broke into his rollicking back-porch Blues that the place got lively. Life from Blues. Isn’t that the point of the music?

The highlight of his set was “John Law Burned Down the Liquor Sto,” his best song. It’s probably the peppiest Blues song I’ve heard. Most of the crowd sang the title chorus lyric. Later on, he weaved hits like “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” together with covers of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” and “No Woman, No Cry,” which he introduced as a Jamaican Blues song.

The music was kick-ass, to put it bluntly, but through it all, King stood humbly.


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