Known for his soulful electric and acoustic blues guitar, he is comfortable in a wide range of musical styles. His acoustic bottleneck playing draws deep from the southern delta blues tradition. His performances incorporate soul, blues, reggae and original music. His songwriting and regular performance schedule have garnered him critical and popular acclaim, and have won him an enduring Southwestern fan base.
Chris began his performing for over thirty years, starting his professional career at the age of fifteen in his hometown of Taos, New Mexico. He has been a featured lead guitarist and vocalist with some of the New Mexico's premier musical acts including The Muttz, The RattleCats, Tommy Elskes, Soul Kitchen with Hillary Smith and most currently Chris Dracup: Funk of the West.
Chris has been a featured performer at some of the top regional music festivals including the 2014 Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, Silver City Blues Festival, Madrid Blues Festivals, Thirsty Ear Festival, Trinidaddio Fest, Albuquerque Internatonal Balloon Festival, Taos Solar Fest and many more. He was featured prominently on a television ad campaign for Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico's “You've got the Blues” and is involved in other commercial and film work.
Over his career Chris has been featured as an opening act for many international touring acts including, Taj Mahal, Tori Amos, Charlie Musselwhite, Shuggie Otis, Arlo Guthrie, Joe Walsh, Dave Mason, Johnny Winter, The Kinks, Toots and The Maytals, UB40, The Wailers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ted Nugent and many more. He has performed for two different New Mexico gubernatorial inaugurations, many city and state events and charitable fundraisers.
Chris Dracup has received accolades many times by the local press including Best Musician and Best Solo Act by Local IQ magazine's “Smart List” and Best Blues Artist and Vocalist by Albuquerque the Magazine's “Best of the Year” and Best Blues artist by The Daily Alibi.
“Dracup has a knack for hitting the blue notes others only dream of…”
“a blues mans blues man…”
-The Albuquerque Journal