Bio

Mississippi native Chris Alford is a creative guitarist and composer who has performed in juke joints as well as concert halls around the country. Equally adept playing bebop, rock, free improvisation or blues, his unique guitar voice has no stylistic bounds, yet retains a distinctive personal approach. Since 2009 Alford  has been active in a flourishing, creative music scene in New Orleans, Louisiana. His current musical endeavor, Chris Alford Group, features a return to his Mississippi roots, blending blues and folk elements with an adventurous jazz spirit. Alford leads the skronk jazz power trio The Log Ladies featuring Dave Cappello and Jesse Morrow. Offbeat Magazine said their recent release, Let's Build a Myth Together, "succeed in producing one of the most unique albums to come out of New Orleans in recent memory… pushing musical boundaries while remaining natural, tasteful and, above all, a joy to listen to." Additionally, Alford performs with the  Solar Strut, Red Organ Trio, WATIV, Romy Kaye, and The Multiphonics.  Alford earned music degrees from The Chicago College of Performing Arts and Belmont University. There he had the opportunity to study with Mike Smith, Henry Johnson, Regi Wooten, John McLean, and Chester Thompson. Chris Alford has performed with legends of jazz and popular music including: Cassandra Wilson, Donnie, 2Face Idibia, Rhonda Richmond, American Idol finalist Leslie Hunt, Ezra Brown, James Singleton, Reginald Veal, Algerbra Blessett, Simon Lott, Mike Burton, Lew Soloff, Robert Walter,Tim Green, Mike Dillon, Tony Suggs, Hellen Gillet, Phillip Manuel, Matt Ulery and many more. Alford fulfills his passion for music education through his teaching, both in the community and at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he has been on faculty since 2007.