Chris Thomas King is the son of respected Louisiana bluesman and juke joint owner Tabby Thomas and was surrounded by music from a very young age. He began playing trumpet in sixth grade and learned guitar shortly thereafter, soaking up as much as he could by hanging out at his father's club "Tabby's Blues Box," with the older musicians.
Initially known for his audacious fusion of blues and hip-hop, King reached a whole new audience starring in and scoring music for the Coen Brothers film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" not only appearing on the award-winning soundtrack, but establishing himself as a serious dramatic actor as well. King has continued to act in and score motion pictures including the Oscar winning "Ray." King has written and recorded more than 150 songs that are in demand for license to motion pictures, documentaries and television programs.
Chris Thomas King's ground breaking hip-hop blues recordings had a major impact on hip-hop music. King's Influence on artists such as Nas, Bubba Sparks, Common, Mos Def, Kenye West, Cowboy Troy and others brought the sound of the blues to his hip-hop generation. He has also influenced rock acts such as Kid Rock and the White Stripes.
Now, 20 years after his humble beginnings Chris Thomas King is one of the most recognized and influential blues guitarist in the world.