Izzy and Chris

Izzy & Chris were united at an open stage in the summer of 2006. The duo performed a few songs together and got a standing ovation from the crowd. From that moment forward, it was evident the chemistry, the love of the blues, and playing from the heart, would keep the two together "Preachin The Blues" for many years to come.  Only a few weeks after meeting they were main stage performers at the 2006 West Virginia Blues Festival.

Izzy, born in Weirton, West Virginia, began playing guitar at the age of nine. At the age of 17 while visiting New Orleans LA everything changed for Izzy when he purchased a Robert Johnson album at a flea market off of Bourbon Street. Since that moment Izzy has dedicated his life and music to the blues. 

Chris, born in St. Louis, Missouri, began playing piano at the age of seven. It was not until later in life he began playing harmonica. After playing open stages for a couple of years, Chris got a break. He became the harmonica player for the late, great Pittsburgh guitarist "Smokin' Joe" Bisceglia.  After Joe's death in 2002, Chris committed himself to playing music.

Izzy's journey with the blues continued as he played countless blues clubs and bars from Pittsburgh to Memphis, and throughout the Southeast.  Highlighting this point in Izzy's journey was winning best solo acoustic act at the Western Pennsylvania Blues Society Competition in 2006 and then becoming a finalist at the International Blues Competition held in Memphis.

Although Chris' first love is the blues, it's his ability to play many styles of music that's made him the hardest working harmonica player in the Pittsburgh area. Past endeavors include performing with harmonica legend Greg "Fingers" Taylor and playing full time harmonica for two successful local bands, the honky tonk band 706 Union and Ms. Fredi and the Blue Faze Band. 

 In May of 2007, Izzy & Chris signed a recording contract with 80/20 Music Entertainment and released their first cd titled "Preachin The Blues Vol 1 which was recorded at the Grammy Award winning studio Audible Images.  In July 2009 Preachin’ the Blues went to #17 on the Roots Music Report Blues Chart and Blues Revue Magazine chose the song Steady Rollin’ Daddy for their October 2009 Blues Revue Sampler disc. 

In 2008 Izzy and Chris together won solo//duo honors at the Appalachian Blues Competition in Charleston WV which earned them a spot in the 2008 International Blues Challenge.  Izzy and Chris were also nominated for a 2009 United States Artist Fellowship and a $50,000 grant.   In Oct 2010 they again won the Appalachian Blues Competition solo/duo division and will represent the West Virginia Blues Society at the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN

 

Festival Appearances

Kalamazoo Blues Festival, MI

Heritage Music Blues Festival, WV                                     

Floyd Fest, VA                                                                     

Common Ground Festival, MI

Foot Hills Blues Festival, OH

Big Bend Blues Festival, OH

Gahana Blues and Jazz Festival, OH

Soul Of The Blues Festival, NY

Carnegie Blues Festival, PA

Blues Brews and Barbeque Festival, WV

Rhythm, Blues and All That Jazz Festival, WV

Marietta Brewery Music Festival, OH

Blues and Shoes Festival, WV

Ribs Rhythm and Blues Festival, OH

Charlie West Blues Festival, WV

Canal Winchester Blues  Festival, OH

 

Opened For/Performed With

 Hubert Sumlin, The Nighthawks, Watermelon Slim, Buckwheat Zydeco, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, Charlie Musslewhite, Johnny Winter, Indigenous , Robert Cray, Hakensaw Boys, Robin Trower, The Outlaws and Eddie Money.

 

Accolades                                                                                                                                                                            

2008 Appalachian Blues Competition Winner, Charleston WV

2008 Competitor International Blues Challenge, Memphis TN

2009 United States Artists Grant Nominee

2010 Appalachian Blues Competition Winner, Charleston WV

2011 Competitor International Blues Challenge, Memphis TN

Chris is an official endorser of Seydel Harmonicas 

 

Radio Charting

 #17 Roots Music Report Blues Chart, July 2009

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RECENT NEWS

Shore Made Music Show. The Izzy and Chris cd Preachin' The Blues, Vol 1 will be featured on the Shore Made Music Show Monday Dec 12 and Saturday Dec 17 at 7pm on WESR 103.5.  You can listen on line at shoredailynews.com

Izzy and Chris open for Jason Ricci, Feb 7, Moondog's, Blanwox PA, 8:30pm

Chris to perform with Pittsburgh Blues Allstars at 20th Annual Pittsburgh Blues Festival.  July 25, 7pm. 

Izzy and Chris to perform at the Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth MN, Aug 8.

 

 

Izzy and Chris to open for Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo Nov 15 at the Palace Theater. 

 

Harmonica legend Phil Wiggins will perform with Izzy and Chris at the Robinson Bocktown Beer and Grill on September 1.

 

Big News!  Izzy and Chris will be featured performers at the 2013 Virginia Harmonicafest.  Festival will be held March 7-9 in Virginia Beach.  More details to follow.

 

Izzy and Chris 2011 International Blues Challenge solo/duo finalists!

 

November 2011 Izzy and Chris will represent the US at the Himalayan Blues Festival in India and Nepal

 

Dilworth Academy 2011 Blues In The School Harmonica Class

 

Feb 2011 Izzy and Chris invited to audition for Americas Got Talent in Nashville Tenn.

 

Izzy and Chris are proudly booked by Center Stage Promotions

 

Chris is an official endorser for Seydel Harmonicas

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