Preacher Boy

Born: 1968
Iowa City, IA, USA

Christopher Watkins is Preacher Boy.

In 1995, hailed as an "Alt-blues wunderkid" Blind Pig Records released his first disc Preacher Boy And The Natural Blues. This was quickly followed in 1996 by Gutters And Pews also on Blind Pig. Both disc's were widely heralded for their songwriting and profound originality and are featured in the Rolling Stone Guide To Jazz And Blues. "Preach" toured the US leading a band in support of both discs.

In 1997 in a conscious effort to expand the boundaries of his music, Preacher Boy signed with Manchester, England based Wah Tup Records and relocated to the UK. Wah Tup released Crow in 1998. It was experimental, ambitious, and genre defying. As was the accompanying tour, again with band. Unanimous praise for the disc came from Mojo, Melody Maker and other pop music publications recognizing Preacher Boy as, "A songwriter of startling originality."

In September of 1998, "Preach" played his first show as a solo performer in London, and by the next afternoon he had signed an exclusive booking agency agreement with UK powerhouse Primary Talent. Within three weeks he was touring throughout Europe, opening for Eagle-Eye Cherry in 1500-3000 seat venues. In addition, his multi-instrumental skills were featured in Eagle-Eye's set each night.

The pairing was an instant personal and professional success leading to Preach developing a co-writing and recording partnership with Eagle-Eye Cherry which continues to today. Preacher Boy recently co-wrote and recorded six songs with Eagle-Eye and producer Rick Rubin at New York's Magic Shop for Eagle-Eye Cherry's Present Future disc which will be released by MCA in October of 2001.

In late 1999 Preacher Boy returned to the States and the studio to complete The Devil's Buttermilk, which was released by LA-based Manifesto Records in October of 2000. The disc showcased his finely honed songwriting and performance chops, prompting Phoenix New Times to hail the album as, "A tour-de-force from a devilishly talented performer and writer."

Also in 2000 Preacher Boy contributed one track to the highly successful Tom Waits tribute disc A New Coat Of Paint, and had his prose and poetry published by MWE Press in volume three of their popular In Our Own Words; A Generation Defining Itself series. Preacher Boy has spent most of 2001 writing and touring the US solo in support of "Buttermilk." Along the way his songs and instrumental skills have universally garnered raves like that from Seattle's The Stranger who wrote, "Don't miss this show, he's a one man musician/wizard."

"Preach" continues to redefine himself as a writer and performer offering further proof of what audiences and critics across the globe have already discovered...Preacher Boy is a singularly original artist who's time is now.

This biography was provided by Preacher Boy's management.



Instruments Played / Skills:
Vocals Guitar Harmonica Songwriter Banjo Mandolin Piano

Genres:
Modern Blues

Preacher Boy Was Influenced By:
Howlin' Wolf Captain Beefheart Bob Dylan Woody Guthrie Emmylou Harris Son House Robert Johnson Bruce Springsteen Townes Van Zandt Tom Waits Muddy Waters Bukka White
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