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Live on Excursions: Chris Wright

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Local guitarist Chris Wright (of C.Wright’s Parlour Tricks) stops by Excursions to share his energetic, and standout, brand of instrumental rock.

Like the others members in his band, Wright is an incredibly talented and practiced musician, having played guitar for over 20 years in the Dayton area. Wright’s goal with this group is to create a fiery instrumental sound that draws from great artists like ZZ Top, Van Halen, and Jeff Beck. With a sound that jumps from jazz, to blues/rock, and even a little country, Wright and his band create a dense and complex instrumental sound that is truly unique.

Wright visits Excursions on WYSO to have a lively discussion with Niki Dakota about the challenges of heading an instrumental band, the complicated and difficult arrangements Wright creates for the group, and why Parlour is spelled with a “u”. “Pesky Phil and Nosy Parker” by C. Wright’s Parlour Tricks follows the interview in this installment of Excursions.

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Born a Hoosier, but only living there in spurts, Niki Dakota spent much of her young life moving around the United States with her archeologist mother. Throughout these years, there was always a ukulele somewhere close at hand. By the time the family settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Dakota found herself in pursuit of professional music-making as she headed-up the Alterna-Folk band, Plow On Boy. In the course of her first live radio interview to promote the band, Niki’s keen excitedness manifest itself in extreme chattiness. At the conclusion of the segment, the DJ closed the mic and said, “You need to be in radio."  That was in 1990.