Krimson Chord Brings The Blues to Bikers
Krimson Chord has been rocking the Valley with their Southwest blues for more than a decade now, playing regular gigs at Pappy's Bar in Phoenix and Coyote Alley in Surprise. This is no fly-by-night group; they won the Arizona Blues Challenge in 2010 and competed in the International Blues Challenge in 2011. Every musician in this band also works with other bands in the Valley.
Papa G Gihley is the lead guitarist, vocalist and plays harmonica...sometimes. Everybody in the group performs lead vocals--just not at the same time.
Papa G was born in Illinois, and that's why he feels Chicago blues in his blood. Everybody in the group comes from a different state, but they've been in the Valley for more than 20 years each, and that's why they've gradually evolved into Southwest blues.
This is a seasoned band; all of its members are 60 or older. John Horsefield, an opera-trained performer who frequently performs with jazz, plays drums. Don Kolb, on bass, is a regular with several blues bands. Larry Schooley plays percussion, and Otis "The Wizard" Francis plays lead when Papa G isn't; he also owns Abcat Studio Services, where Krimson Chord is working on their next album.
Krimson Chord performs blues, rock and classic rock; they play covers from Allman Brothers Band to ZZ Top, but they also perform originals. They've also got a built-in audience: "We're biker friendly," Papa G says.