Known for his stunning and soulful electric blues guitar, he works in a diverse range of musical styles. His acoustic guitar playing draws heavily from the blues tradition, an eclectic mix of Delta slide, country blues and jazz influences. His songwriting has garnered critical and popular acclaim and won him an enduring fan base.
In 2002, Chris and the Chris Dracup Trio became finalists in the New Mexico Music Showcase. He has also been a featured performer at some of the region's top music festivals, including the Thirsty Ear Festival, The Telluride Blues and Brews Festival and the Silver City Blues Festival. In 2004, Chris was featured on a television commercial for Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico’s “You’ve got the Blues” ad campaign. In addition, he has shared the stage with many popular touring acts.
He has recently started a family with his wife Melissa and has two daughters, Aleida Rose and Stephanie Corinne. He still maintains a regular performance schedule, performing his original songs and the blues, reggae and funk classics that are a staple of his act.
Joining Chris tonight - Hillary Smith!
2010 Local IQ Smart List's BEST VOCALIST, Hillary Smith will continue the tradition of Vernon's Jazz Has the Blues Series with a heavy dose of blues and soulful interpretations of jazz standards with her swinging group for 2 NIGHTS. She'll be honoring the the legends of blues, jazz, and R & B: Billie Holliday, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Dianah Washington, Marvin Gay, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Teri Thornton, and many others. Her groovin' quintet includes local greats Glenn Kostur (ts), Steve Figueroa (p), Milo Jaramillo (b), and John Bartlit (d).