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Chicago Roots Blues combo, playing a great variety of tunes from the 40s to the 80s. If you got an itch for real Blues, let us scratch it for you! ~ JCB

JC "Chris" Balding

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

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

Tallahassee, FL based blues band founded in 2021

by John Chistopher "JC" (Chris) Balding,

2020 IBC Regional Winner (Solo/Duo)


Chris is one of your hosts for the monthly Juke Joint Jam at the Bradfordville Blues Club and has played harp for 30+ years. After decades of playing with some of the most notable Blues bands in Tallahassee, he now fronts his new venture, JC and The Backscratchers.  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.  Major harp influences include the late Gary Primich and James Harman, Rick Estrin and others.  He is joined by veteran musicians Jack Straub on bass, and Deb Berlinger on drums.  They are JC and The Backscratchers.  The Backscratchers guitar players include Zavian Orton and Chris Seepersaud.

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