By KATE LADDISH Entertainment correspondent What do Oscar-winning movies “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Ray,” critically acclaimed show “Treme” and The Palms Playhouse have in common? The answer can be found when bluesman Chris Thomas King takes the stage at The Palms on Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets are general/$12 students. The mult-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and actor leapt to widespread recognition with his role as bluesman-at-the-crossroads Tommy Johnson in the Coen Brothers’ movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” in 2000. King’s contributions to the movie and the ground-breaking soundtrack album include a solo acoustic version of Skip James’ 1930s classic “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues.” He also performed as part of the fictional Soggy Bottom Boys, portrayed by George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson. The chart-topping soundtrack received Album of the Year awards from the Grammys, the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and the International Bluegrass Music Association. King has also acted opposite Jamie Foxx in the Ray Charles biopic “Ray” and starred as Blind Willie Johnson in Martin Scorsese and Wim Wenders’ “The Soul of a Man.” But he’s not just a silver-screen musician. King, who was born in Baton Rouge and grew up playing with his bluesman father Tabby Thomas, first put the music world on notice in the 1980s with his early folk-blues recordings and captivating performances in national blues revues. His talents as a musician and arranger mirror have lead to international tours and opportunities such as collaborating with Ray Charles to score the music for “Ray.” Now based in New Orleans, King has a deep-seated appreciation of blues and other roots music such as gospel and folk, and a strong interest in the connections between vintage and modern sounds. His music bears the stamp of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta, and showcases his warm voice and guitar playing. King’s electric offerings include prominent and complex rhythms, searing and soaring guitar, clear vocals and modern urban music including Chicago blues and, occasionally, hip-hop. King blends this into what he calls “21st century blues.” He plays all the instruments on most of his recordings. King’s music has a cyclical, historical, almost time-traveler quality. He revisits themes, such as crossroads legends, refracting them through the lenses of different genres. He has a talent for finding the common threads of musical forms and eras, and can jump around the last 100-plus years’ worth of American music and sound neither disjointed nor instructional. King has released over 20 albums, the latest which is 2017’s blues-rock “Hotel Voodoo.” He will perform solo. Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite, and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and christhomasking.com.]]>
Grammy-winning musician, actor Chris Thomas King brings blues and roots to The Palms on Friday, Sept. 27
What do Oscar-winning movies “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Ray,” critically acclaimed show “Treme” and The Palms Playhouse have in common? The answer can be found when bluesman Chris Thomas King takes the stage at The Palms on Friday, Sept. 27.