This blues guitarist is deeply rooted in both Texas and Chicago traditions. She serves as musical director for Candye Kane.
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Laura Chavez Biography

by Thom Jurek

Laura Chavez is a blues guitarist form Mountain View, California who has been lazily compared to everyone from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Freddie King, yet whose playing style and sound are unique. Her influence is rooted in both the Texas and Chicago blues traditions (classic to modern) but is also informed by rock & roll guitarists such as Jimmy Page and Mick Taylor.

Chavez began playing with singer and songwriter Lara Price when she was 18 and remained in her band for eight years, touring and collaborating with other blues musicians during her tenure. Chavez also formed her own band and began playing the international blues circuit, sharing stages with everyone from Bob Margolin to Rene Solis.

In late 2008, singer and songwriter Candye Kane, in search of a permanent lead guitarist, asked Sue Foley who she might recommend. Without hesitation, Foley endorsed Chavez. Kane so respected the guitarist's opinion, she hired Chavez without hearing or meeting her.

Superhero Chavez made her first appearance with Kane on 2009's acclaimed Superhero recording, as lead guitarist and co-producer. The pair became inseparable collaborators, and Chavez became the musical director for Kane's band for 2011's applauded album Sister Vagabond. The album cover read "featuring Laura Chavez," as did 2013's highly anticipated Come Out Swingin'.

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