Chris "Stinger" Stevens


Chris embraces the challenge of playing acoustic guitar to both craft and cover songs. Chris plays with a focus on melody blended with the flair of skilled musicianship.

The latest CD—Blues and Beyond—cooks a simmering stew: one pound of CLASSIC BLUES, one cup of POP song sensibility, blended with a huge helping of TODAY.

Chris has played on every primary festival stage in central Illinois including: Budweiser Illinois Blues Festival, Miller Lite Illinois Blues Festival, Budweiser Grand Nationals, Summer Camp, Taste of Peoria, Frost Yer Buns and a stint as the guitar player for the touring cast of Hairspray at the Peoria Civic Center.

“…a background of musical expertise, talent and credentials that will impress even the difficult to please.”
 - Jubilee Advocate, Toulon, Illinois

Chris co-founded the successful Blues-Rock trio, LIAR’S DICE. He co-wrote, played the guitars and sang on the self-titled album. The album contained the song “Don’t Change the Answer” which climbed to #2 on KSYM-FM in San Antonio, Texas. The song also reached #4 on WWVU-FM in Charleston, West Virginia. Two other songs on the album, a cover of the Ides of March “Vehicle” and another original song “Like-A-Roller” both climbed to #5 on WERG-FM in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Years of playing ‘cover songs’ and learning the signature licks of Eric Clapton, Freddie King, Carlos Santana, Duane Allman, Buddy Guy and many others help Chris bring a passionate, improvisational style of guitar and vocals to the studio and live performance stage.

“Blues meets classic rock with a strong streak of originality.”
 - The Paper, Galesburg, Illinois

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