Global Music Awards Bronze Metal Finalist for Pass It On Down album
"Chris Beard has the soul and the skills, he bleeds the true Blues blood that will touch ya!"
- Ronnie Baker Brook
"We have lost a lot of great artists over the years... Johnny Copeland, Luther Allison, and Albert Collins. But the blues will never die as long as we have great artists like Chris Beard."
- Shemekia Copeland
"Chris Beard is a great guitarist, great vocalist, and all around powerful entertainer.
I dig him."
- Chris Cain
"Chris Beard was 'Born to play the blues' like the first track is titled. Chris, being the son of blues legend Joe Beard, has the fire & power to carry their family name world wide. On his new CD "Live Wire," Chris shows all his musical influences from rock/funk/some good down home blues. Another showcase is that he is backed by a super tight band that allows Chris's aggressive guitar style and greasy vocals to wander to new horizons. Chris even covers my dad's tune 'A Change Must Come' where Chris outs his funky touch in just the right places. As well as the Lucky Peterson tribute to Luther Allison where Chris demonstrates his wild guitar phrasing. I feel with the release of 'Live Wire,' Chris should hire his ranking as one of the front runners of the next generation of players. If you like the mix of blues/rock/funk in your face guitar, I highly recommend this CD to everyone. It's loaded with some great original songwriting as well as some great cover tunes that are captured live as well as a few tracks in the studio. All I can say is 'Thanks for keeping the blues alive and putting your own personality into this excellent effort.'"
- Bernard Allson