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Interview with Ches Anthony

  • Broadcast in Country Music
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Ches Anthony grew up in a small town in Saskatchewan, surrounded by music and motocross. He learned to play harmonica, guitar and piano at a young age. His father would bring him up on stage with his blues band where he performed for their fans.

One of his fondest memories was when his father’s band played at a gospel country music festival. The power went out due to a severe thunderstorm and everyone ran into a hall. They kept the show going and had a big jam playing on anything including pots and pans to make music. After seeing that Ches was hooked and needed more.

Through his teenage angst years Ches formed a heavy rock band and wrote songs that would help him and others relate to the struggles of youth. While honing his guitar skills playing in a blues band for several years, he began to listen to the heartache and emotion in old blues master voices like Howlin Wolf and Elmore James and the old country grit of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, he started to develop his own writing and singing style.

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