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Brooklyn based guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Chris Bergson creates his own brand of contemporary Americana where "...funk, soul, blues, folk and delectable jazz come together seamlessly." (All About Jazz).  Bergson has performed with many leading names in blues and roots music including Levon Helm, Norah Jones, Little Sammy Davis, Ollabelle and Larry Campbell as well as jazz legends Annie Ross and Al Foster.  The Chris Bergson Band has headlined at such top New York City venues as Joe's Pub, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Blue Note, The Living Room, and Jazz Standard.  Chris has also performed at B.B. King’s Blues Club (NYC), the Regattabar (Cambridge, MA) and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC).  Bergson has appeared twice at the Cape May Jazz Festival in tributes to Ray Charles and Wes Montgomery and opened for Etta James, Levon Helm, Mose Allison, the Average White Band and Dr. Lonnie Smith.
 
The Chris Bergson Band's second album, Fall Changes (2 Shirts Records) was released on October 1.  Recorded at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY and produced by Bergson and award winning Blues journalist Dave Rubin (Johnny Winter, Cornell Dupree), Fall Changes showcases the Chris Bergson Band's personal blend of contemporary Americana, highlighting Bergson’s honest storytelling, soulful vocals and the first class musicianship of a true working band. 

Replete with the warm sound of Helm's studio, Fall Changes features stellar performances from Chris Bergson on guitar and vocals, Jay Collins on tenor sax and backing vocals, Bruce Katz on piano and B-3 organ, Tony Leone on drums and bassist Chris Berger.  Special guests include vocalist Amy Helm of Ollabelle and a Stax-styled horn section arranged by Jay Collins featuring Erik Lawrence on baritone sax and Kenny Rampton on trumpet.  From the opening bars of the contemporary soul classic “Gowanus Heights” to the blues-based rock anthem “Float Your Mind,” Bergson and the band take us on a journey as dynamic, exhilarating, and hard-hitting as the Gowanus neighborhood in Brooklyn he calls home.

According to Bergson, traveling to Woodstock to record had an air of pilgrimage about it, as he counts Helm and The Band among his biggest influences.  Levon's studio, a renovated barn nestled in the Catskills, has an impressive history with an almost magical list of past clients - The Band, Muddy Waters, Dr. John, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards.  The Fall Changes sessions proved to be magical as well; not only were the eleven CD tracks cut, but it was also here that Helm first heard Bergson play, prompting an invite to join him at his Midnight Ramble concerts.  Listening to Fall Changes, it's easy to hear what caught his ear.

"Bergson's stirring voice and glorious guitar command immediate attention."
  - Kay Cordtz, Blues Revue

"Gut-busting horn-bedecked NY blues."
  - MOJO

"Seriously street-smart songwriting and Allman-esque vocal prowess..."
- Sean McDevitt, Gibson.com

"Chris Bergon is a serious talent." - LIVING BLLUES

 


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