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“Chris Sutton’s performance at the 2016 Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival was a winner. The crowd loved his voice that is perfect for the blues, energetic guitar work, and playful banter between songs. Count on Chris for an enthusiastic and genuine blues performance wherever he goes.”
     – Bob Thomas – Gahanna Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival Planning Committee
“Chris has one of the most distinctive voices on the blues scene today. He paints vivid pictures with his lyrics, and his solo performances leave you clamoring for more. Always a crowd pleaser.”
     – Sandra Potts- Rascal’s Saloon

“Chris Sutton’s authentic Southern-Blues sound and stage presence makes him a consistent crowd-pleaser at the Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest. When he’s on it, Chris claims the stage and fills it with a well-chosen combination of original material and traditional blues standards. Coupled with his smoky soulful vocals, fierce guitar-work, and playful crowd interaction, Chris delivers much more than our money’s worth every time!”
     – Bruce Jarvis, Founder & Organizer, Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest

“With a voice that sounds as whiskey-soaked as the bottom of a barroom bottle and a guitar approach that alternately weeps, wails and wallops, Chris Sutton is one of West Virginia’s most expressive blues artists. On ‘The Sun Studio Recordings,’ he plows through 18 original songs that evoke the themes, moods and soul-searing intensity of the genre’s classic material.”
     – Ken Bays – past editor of Blues Revue magazine

“Chris Sutton and the Blues are like one body.. They are tied to each other. This gift he is born with makes me jealous.”
     Eddie Prithiviraj- Promoter/Producer, Himalyan Blues Festival

“…it’s probably a little unfair to pigeon-hole Chris as merely a “bluesman”. So many of the great things he does could easily fall under the category of country music, mountain music, country blues, Appalachian blues, Delta blues, or Piedmont blues. But reckon it’d be quite fair to say he’s got a passion for old time acoustic roots music. Whether it’s about McDowell County, WV or Jackson, MS they’s little doubt there’s an honest to goodness “roots” feel in all his original recordings.”
     – Mike “Crawling Kingsnake”Lucas – Blues Critic

“We were privileged to have Chris Sutton perform at our Foothills Blues and Arts Festival on two past occasions and his recent performance at the Grand opening of Charlie’s Place, our new rural performing arts venue, was nothing short of spectacular. Chris sang with a voice that echoed of times long past, yet was as fresh as the morning dew on the West Virginia Mountains he calls his home. He’s a true master in the art of storytelling with mature guitar skills framing a truly masterful voice. A blues man from a time long past.”
     – Jared Sheets President/Director Foothills Music Foundation.

“Chris Sutton is an Appalachian Blues treasure. A walking, talking, singing, guitar playing cocktail of good ‘ol Hill music and Country Blues.”
     – Jackie Welker, Director of the Pomeroy Blues & Jazz Society 

“As the opening act for The Simply Jazz & Blues Festival 2014 on Sunday, Chris Sutton, when faced with sound challenges, picked up his guitar and walked out into the audience and proceeded to deliver the blues. Sometimes gritty, sometimes tongue & cheek, I always enjoy hearing him play. He will definitely be invited to return to the SJ&B festival!!”
     – Antonia Ritchie- “Simply Jazz and Festival” 

“Chris Sutton knows how to engage and entertain an audience! He is truly a W.Va. gem!”
     – Lady D- artist, and organizer of the “Simply Jazz and Blues Festival” 

“If you want to hear good blues, listen to Chris Sutton” – Nat Reese (The WV Blues Man)
     – Herald Dispatch