Kris Lager Band has been hard at work for over a decade spreading and honing their Revivalist Rock, Heavy Soul & Boogie Trance music across the country. When it comes to energetic and heartfelt live music performances KLB is second to none. They have worked with, toured, and recorded alongside some of the industries finest. All the while managing to avoid the pitfalls of the road and the rock’n'roll lifestyle that far to often derail a band on the verge of breaking out.
Their new album ‘Heavy Soul & Boogie Trance’ is a continuation to their ever exploring musical tastes and approach. An all analog and mostly live recording produced by Kelly Finnigan & Ian McDonald of Monophonics fame features their trademark lo-fi sound. The record was recorded in the bay area at Transistor Studios and mixed by Sergio Rios of the stellar funk ensemble, Orgone. It is a powerful statement of road life, love & romance, a splash of social commentary, and a few old fashioned fun jams. All tied together with heavy guitar grooves, funky drums, thick keys, and powerful bass.
The record is a follow up to their Tab Benoit produced recording Platte River Runaway which showcases a more laid back and bluesy effort. The Louisiana legend helped bring to life a strong bluesy and country side that hasn’t been showcased very often from these troubadours. The recording was conceived after a swamp ride off of the Intercostal Canal of Louisiana’s bayou. Tab believed that if they were going to make a record together they’d first have to get a little taste of the swamp and experience treeverb. The sound of the music reverberating off of the water and the cypress trees. Which Tab mimics on one of the key tracks ‘Slow Down’. Through that boat ride and ‘near death experience’ another KLB live staple came to life, ‘Sunshine On The Bayou’
KLB is spearheaded by singer/guitarist/songwriter Kris Lager, who rips out face melting solos and hypnotic riffs on his guitar all while belting out his tunes with passion and originality. Jeremiah Weir on keyboards and percussions is the perfect melodic counterpart and always brings the high holiness to the stage. The backbeat of the band is brought to you by freestyle extraordinaire John Fairchild, who has logged over seven years with the group and is a tour de force on the kit. The newest member of the family is Tom Murnan on bass. He brings a funkiness to the low end that is truly rare and undeniable. Tom’s slinky bass lines and energetic presence is contagious. His musicality is bringing a whole new dynamic to the band.
“I have a supergroup behind me!” Says, Kris Lager. “Anyone in the band could just take over at any momemt and put you in a ‘Boogie Trance’! Before you even realize whats going on your foots tapping. Then your hips are shakin’. Your shoulders are shimmying… Next you know you’ve lost control! That my friend, is a BOOGIE TRANCE”