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"Who's that harp man,,,(bad boi)!!!" ~ JW Gilmore (and the Blues Authority), March 19, 2023 Bradfordville Blues Club

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John Christopher “JC” (Chris) Balding

His vocals conjur up images of another one of his heros, James Harman.  Chris is one of your hosts for the monthly Juke Joint Jam at the Bradfordville Blues Club since its inception June 2021. Some of you may remember him from the Blue Monday Jam at The Pearl Oyster Bar, where he caught the ear of, and became friends with, the late, great Pat Ramsey.

 

  • 3 CDS as the harp player and vocalist

  • 2020 IBC Regional Winner (Solo/Duo)

  • Playing the Harp since he was 14 years of age

  • Co-host Juke Joint Jam @ Bradfordville Blues Club, Tallahassee, FL since June 2021

  • Member North Central Florida Blues Society, First Coast Blues Society, Suncoast Blues Society and Wiregrass Blues Society

LINKS

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES

  • B.B. King’s Blues Club Orlando - Orlando, FL - 2016

  • Bradfordville Blues Club - Tallahassee, FL - 2012 through 2023

  • Florida Folk Festival - White Springs, FL - 2013, 2014, 2015

  • Florida Jazz & Blues Festival - Tallahassee, FL - 2016

  • International Blues Challenge - National Event, Memphis, TN - 2020

  • Southern Pines Blues & BBQ Festival - Perry, FL - 2015, 2016

  • Tallahassee Jazz & Blues Festival - Tallahassee, FL - 2013, 2016, 2018

  • The Alley Blues -Sanford, FL - 2016, 2017

  • The Moon - Opening band for Tab Benoit - Tallahassee, FL - 2016, 2018, 2019

  • The Moon - Opening band for Tinsley Ellis - Tallahassee, FL - 2016

  • The Moon - Opening for Ally Venable - Tallahassee, FL - 2022

  • The Moon - Opening for Elle King  - Tallahassee, FL - 2 

  • Blues in the Lot Festival - Port St. Joe, FL - 2018, 2019

  • Blues On Reid Festival - Port St. Joe, FL - 2020

  • Ground Zero - Clarksdale, MS - 2020

  • Backyard Blues Festival - Tallahassee, FL - 2018, 2022

  • Opening for Mr. Sipp & The True Believers  - Tallahassee, FL - 2022

Website: https://www.jcbackscratchers.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/jcandthebackscratchers
Video/You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/@jcandthebackscratchers

Management: Anne Bello, Agent (TA 1451 )
Anne Bello Productions, LLC 
352.514.4996

Calendar of Performances:
https://www.jcbackscratchers.com/shows

Backscatchers:  Jack Straub -  Bass, Deb Berlinger - Drums.  Guitarists:  Zavian Orton, Chris “Seep” Seepersaud

 

Long Biography

One Sheet 2023

Sample Song List

Stage Plot, Tech and Hospitality Rider

PRESS PHOTOS

Photo Credit:  Elizabeth E. George, Photography

MUSIC SAMPLES

Phenomenal old school blues show and line-up! Thanks, gang! ~ Gary Anton (BBC owner), March 19, 2023 Bradfordville Blues Club

Who's that harp man,,,(bad boi)!!! ~ JW Gilmore (and the Blues Authority), March 19, 2023 Bradfordville Blues Club

It is tough being a good harpmonica player ~ Ben Kaplan, WCTV Tallahassee, after hearing "JC" -  March 23, 2023

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