Christopher Leigh

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… Guitarist & vocalist cut his blues teeth hanging out at blues clubs like the infamous Attic Bar in Hamtramck, MI. Since his introduction to the blues, Chris has played with many Detroit area artists such as:


John Goins’ & The Motor City Big Four, Joe Saliz, Jeff Maylin, Nikki James & the Flamethrowers, Louisiana Heat, The Shirley Franklin Blues Band, Dave’s Not Here, Lil’ Mac Collins & the Party Makers, The King snakes, Uncle Jessie White and the 29th Street Blues Band, Johnny Yardog Jones, The Battle Alley Blues Band, Zoom, The Blue Collar Blues Band, The Light Fingered Four, The Butler Twins, Mr. Bo, Cathy Davis, & James Cloyd, Jr.


Chris has also enjoyed the good fortune of playing with Chicago recording artist such as: Junior Wells, Koko Taylor, Big Time Sarah, Queen Audry Roy, Larry Burton and Detroit area recording artists: Catfish Hodge, Robert Penn, and Mad Cat Ruth.


Chris began playing the blues in 1988. Coworkers Joe Saliz & Jeff Maylin (of the Bad Passion Blues Band), picked Chris up after the violent split up of his rock band Life After Death made him decide to quit playing altogether. Joe & Jeff got Chris playing again by showing him the blues. Through the blues, Chris felt a new freedom in self-expression and now has no regrets.


Chris is native to Smiths Creek, MI (west of Port Huron) but has lived most of his adult life in the Metro Detroit Area. Through his blues career he has played many nightclubs, such as:


Buddy Guy's Legends                                          Chicago, Ill

Kingston Mines                                                    Chicago, Ill

Beacon Street                                                      Chicago, Ill

The Roadhouse                                                    Mount Prospect, Ill

Madison Oyster Bar                                             South Bend, IN

Silver Moon Café                                                 Darien, WI

Misiah’s                                                               Kalamazoo, MI

3rd Street Saloon                                                 Detroit, MI

88th Avenue Lounge                                            Hamtramck, MI

Jimmi T’s                                                             Detroit, MI

Main Street Tavern                                              Richmond, MI

Union Street                                                        Traverse City, MI

Sports A 50’s Bar & Grill                                    Wyandotte, MI

Larry Larry & Joes                                              Warren, MI

Crawdaddy’s                                                       Inkster, MI

Pavilion                                                                Inkster, MI

The Attic Bar                                                       Hamtramck, MI
Ted’s Pub                                                           Clawson, MI

The Press Box                                                     Pontiac, MI

Q Club                                                                Pontiac, MI

Madison Club                                                     Madison Heights, MI

Jameson’s                                                            Royal Oak, MI

The Holly Hotel                                                   Holly, MI

Doc Frocks                                                         Farmington, MI

Brewbakers                                                         White Lake, MI

The Century Bowl                                                Waterford, MI

The Office                                                            Redford, MI

Mr. Lou’s                                                            Detroit, MI

The Red Doggie Saloon                                       Milford, MI

Jimmy G’s                                                           Fenton, MI

The Soup Kitchen                                                Detroit, MI

Rivertown Saloon                                                Detroit, MI

Trolley’s                                                              Detroit, MI

The Blue Goose                                                   St. Clare Shores, MI

Speakeasy                                                           Garden City, MI

Michno’s                                                             Redford, MI

Tenney Street Roadhouse                                    Dearborn, MI


Playing professionally now for 20 years, Chris has played in many bands and been on many recordings. His last recording “I Don’t Know” released on his own Clyde Records label with the Boogie Chillens Band circulated over 10,000 copies in south eastern Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, & Illinois.

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