Blues-Rock Guitar Phenom Chris Buck Talks New Album, 'Write a Better Day'

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If you’re unfamiliar with the name Chris Buck, chances are you won’t be for much longer. The 28-year-old Welsh guitarist is already well established in the U.K., where he’s been tearing up stages for years with his blues-drenched rock-and-soul outfit, Buck & Evans. Along the way, Buck and the band have picked up accolades from peers, including Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith, former Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden and, most prominently, Slash, who has jammed onstage with Buck on more than one occasion and has referred to him as “a fucking amazing guitar player.”

Now Buck & Evans, which also includes powerhouse vocalist and keyboardist Sally Ann Evans, bassist Dominic Hill and drummer Bob Richards, are set to release their full-length debut, Write a Better Day. Ranging from explosive blues workouts (“Sunrise,” “Sinking”) and slow-burning soul jams (“Slow Train”) to impassioned piano ballads (“Change”) and slinky, single-coil-led r&b (“Ain’t No Moonlight”) the 10-track album harnesses the band’s potent and intricately layered live sound and expertly translates it from the stage and studio out through the speaker.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.