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Interview:
Big body of blues-rock work is a reward for Chris Duarte
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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After turning 50 in February, blues-rock guitarist Chris Duarte is happy to reflect on the body of work he's created since his first album came out in 1987.

"Sure, there's a sense of accomplishment from putting out this (music)," says the San Antonio native, who's lived in Atlanta since 2005. "Did I ever think I would put out 13 albums by now? No, I didn't. I didn't think I would have that long of a recording history -- and it looks like it's going to get larger and longer.

"And the royalty checks remind me of that every single time they come in. Even though they're rather small, I look at them and know I wouldn't be getting any of it if not for this large body of work. So I definitely appreciate it."

With more music, however, comes the challenge of satisfying fans and representing his career during his concerts. So this time out, Duarte polled fans via Facebook about songs they wanted to hear his trio play.

"So many songs have dropped off over the years, I just put it out to people, 'What songs would you like to hear us do?' " says Duarte, who's started working on a follow-up to 2013's "My Soul Alone." "We got quite a few submissions and started working on those.

"Some of the songs they requested we might have played once or twice, and some of them have never been played strictly because of the instrumentation I currently carry. Sometimes in the studio we've made songs that have lots of guitars on them and are kind of impossible to do without an extra guitar player. But it was still cool to hear what people wanted and see all the off-the-beaten-path songs they know, which makes me feel good."

Chris Duarte performs at 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Tickets are $15 and $20. Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

Web Site: www.atcallahans.com

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