To quote something I said a while back: "Blues is a drug and Chris Beard is the pusher man." Beard literally wrings the blues out of his guitar and out of his body. The lower end bops while the upper register positively stings. A Chris Beard show will leave welts. The man, a nascent legend, is soulful to the max, but doesn't preach — this is the blues after all. Have mercy.
Chris Beard plays Friday, February 6, at Flour City Station, 170 East Avenue. 9 p.m. $8. flourcitystation.com
FRANK DE BLASE