About the Artist
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Chad Strentz has been “the voice” of some of the UK’s finest rocking blues bands for the last twenty years, quite rightly earning him a reputation as a top front man and musician in demand across Europe.
Known to many as the singer with the multi-award-winning Paul Lamb & the King Snakes, but he’s also put the miles in with The Big Town Playboys, Shout Sister Shout, Cat Talk and Breakout Blues.
As part of the King Snakes, Chad has won numerous British Blues Awards including the UK’s Best Blues Band.
It’s not just his mighty fine blues voice that has kept Chad in the spotlight for the last two decades – as a guitarist he has been touring as a duo with Paul Lamb performing down home blues roots, invoking the spirit of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee to critical acclaim.
Now (and some would say about time too!), Chad has launched the first solo project of his career with an album of songs that showcases Chad as an accomplished songwriter as well as covering tunes by some of the artists that have been an influence on his musical journey.
To find out where that journey began, it’s probably best to ask Chad:
“Early influences include Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Johnny Burnette, Mac Curtis, and Gene Vincent, just a few of the guys I would listen to at this time.
I joined a rockabilly band at the age of 15 called the Scat Katz. We played mostly in bars and a few festivals. The next band I joined was called Cat Talk. We had a bit of success on the rockabilly circuit in England and out in Europe. I cut my first 45 with this band.
Being into rockabilly at this time tuned my ears to such artists as Arthur (Big Boy) Crudup, Bo Diddley, Junior Parker and the Blue Flames, and many more blues artists. My next band was called Shout Sister Shout. This was the first band that played more blues and soul, but still had some rockabilly tunes”.
Chad continues to tour with Paul Lamb and with his own band, The Chad-illacs.
See www.chadstrentz.com for further info