& Patrick Rynn
bcs stage | 2:30 p.m.
For nearly 30 years, Chris James & Patrick Rynn have built a sold reputation for carrying on the spirit of traditional Chicago blues.
They have toured the United States, Canada, a dozen European countries, South America and Japan playing the electric blues they learned in Chicago taverns and clubs, as well as in the homes of bluesmen such as Dave Myers of the Aces, drummer Sam Lay and guitarist Jody Williams.
They absorbed the blues first-hand, not simply the right notes to play but the feelings behind music that create its potent legacy.
James, a singer and guitarist, and Rynn, a bassist, have recorded four Chicago blues albums over the past 11 years, each of which has registered in the top 10 on national and international blues charts.
They were honored in 2009 with Best New Artist Debut nomination at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis. For the past 10 years, Rynn has garnered BMA nominations as Best Bass Player in the blues. The pair also won the Best New Artist Debut at the 2009 Blues Blast Music Awards for their “Stop And Think About It” album.
Meanwhile, one of their songs off of their debut album, “Mr. Coffee,” gained third place honors in the International Songwriting Competition.