MEET The Artist
Christopher Ray Hunnicutt is a bassist, singer/songwriter, guitarist, ukulelist, drummer/percussionist and pianist, based out of Wisconsin with a depth of experience in performance, studio recording, teaching & music business/marketing.
Beginning to flourish as a bassist at the early age of 15, and a decade of vocal performance experience, he began to perform live with bands of all varities & age ranges, as a part of local & national touring acts. A few years later, after great deliberation, he accepted the invitation to Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he would eagerly chase his Bachelor of the Arts in Electric Bass Performance ('07) under the careful guidance of Paul Ousley, Anthony Cox & Terry Burns. During his tenure at Augsburg, Christopher was exposed to many different aspects of study, such as comprehensive courses in music theory training, jazz/classical music studies, jazz/classical composition, music history, and many trades of music business. In addition to this, he was also a long-standing member of the Augsburg College Jazz/Gospel Praise Band & Augsburg Choir, and served as a private music theory tutor to many of his peers. As the primary motivator behind the revitalization of jazz improvisation & electric bass programs that are still currently in use at Augsburg University today, he's always shown a deep pursuance toward the advancement, embodiment, endowment & continued curation of the arts. After his departure from school, he began heavily hitting the infamous Minneapolis Funk/R&B/Jazz scene for over 13 years, and tried to help develop & enrich the beautiful tapestry that is Minneapolis music.
Christopher's diversity as a musician is a testament to his appearances throughout parts of the United States, with his musical roots being found in funk, soul, rhythm & blues, jazz fusion, rock, reggae & hip-hop, one might be surprised that he has also been a vital part of country, blues, metal, punk & progressive rock conglomerates as a bassist, guitarist, vocalist & pianist. It is this versatility that has led him to accolades like becoming a two-time recipient of both the Louis Armstrong & Woody Herman Jazz Awards (2002-2003) & Best Young Bassist In The Twin Cities (TC Pulse 2005-2006), and has allowed him to share the stage with such world-renowned artists as Branford Marsalis, Sheila Raye Charles, Adam Dietch (Lettuce, Break Science, John Scofield's Überjam Band), George Porter, Jr (The Meters), Oteil Burbridge (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Allman Brothers Band), Aaron Neville, Borahm Lee (Pretty Lights), Everlast & House Of Pain, Marvin "Hannibal" Peterson, Primus, Cee-Lo Green (Goodie Mob, Gnarls Barkley), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Kyle Hollingsworth (String Cheese Incident), Lou Gramm (Foreigner), The Guess Who, Eric Burdon (The Animals), Randall Bramblett, Earl "Wire" Lindo (The Wailers) and The Vocal Essence Singers, as well as such local MPLS legends as Michael Bland (Prince, Nick Jonas, Soul Asylum), Morris Day & The Time, Atmosphere, Heiruspecs, Dave King (The Bad Plus), Bill Franze, Cory Wong (Vulfpeck), Jonny Lang, Stanley Kipper (Joe Walsh), Bruce Jackson, Phil Solem (The Rembrandts), Gordy Knutson (Steve Miller Band), Stokley Williams (Mint Condition, Sounds Of Blackness), and many more...
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Live @ Herb's (Denver, CO)
Herb's Hideout is a staple in Denver. Get outrageously drunk, or get surprisingly inspired should be their catch phrase. They have such a beautiful history of past & present patrons. I was always proud to become one of them.
PHOTO CREDIT: Annie Rose Media