CHRIS THAYER AND THE TCB (formerly Big Papa and the TCB) was born in the back alleys and seedy after hours parties in juke joints. Their high energy blend of blues, R&B and rock is a guaranteed good time. They have released six full length albums and their newest EP, “Where There’s Smoke, Part 1” is available on all streaming platforms.
They’ve had songs appear in television and films, including their song, "GO BIG PAPA!" being used in the national television ad campaign by Papa John's Pizza CHRIS THAYER AND THE TCB has also garnered several awards. They won "Best Song" and "Best Blues Album" at the 2008 Inland Empire Music Awards for their second CD, 12 GAUGE INSURANCE PLAN. Their first disc, NICE 'N' GREAZY, won three 2007 Inland Empire Music Awards, including “Best Live Band,” “Best Blues Album” and “Best Song." Likewise, they were nominated for Best Swing in the 2008 Orange County Music Awards.
The current lineup is by far the best this band has ever been.
CHRIS THAYER is on vocals and guitar. He’s joined by original bassist and longtime friend Steve Brown on bass. Maurice Oliva and Jeff Waldon are on saxophones, Hebie Castro is on drums and Caleb Roseberry is on guitar.
Formed in 2006, CHRIS THAYER AND THE TCB have taken audiences by storm all across the Western US with their mixture of jump blues, rock and swing. They have shared the stage with blues legends like Robert Cray, Johnny Winter, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Tommy Castro, Coco Montoya, Fabulous Thunderbirds, James Hunter and Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers.
Their latest EP, “Where There’s Smoke, Part 1”, mastered by Grammy Award winning mastering engineer, Robert Hadley of the Mastering Labs, is slick, high energy set featuring 5 new recordings, including the local fave, "Worst Part of the Day." Previous releases include LET YOUR HAIR DOWN, SIX PACK OF COOL, DANCE WITH THE DEVIL, BUCKSHOT LOVE: LIVE FROM THE RHYTHM LOUNGE, 12 GAUGE INSURANCE PLAN, and NICE 'N' GREAZY.
In addition to a two year sponsorship from Sam Ash Music, CHRIS THAYER AND THE TCB have signed endorsement deals with Heil Sound Microphones, Furman Sound and Levy’s Leathers Guitar Straps.
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