"He is the genuine article, perhaps a throwback to the blues men of yore who learned their licks at the knee of legendary patriarch like Charlie Patton. And having done so, serves as one of the last links to the days when cotton was king on the Mississippi Delta." - Larry Benicewicz, Music Monthly.
Memphis Gold has come a long way on a journey that has lasted half a century. Having released four full length albums to date, he has shared the stage with such artists as Bernard Allison, David Banner, James Brown, R.L. Burnside, Big Lucky Carter, George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic All Stars, Deborah Coleman, Shemikca Copeland, Robert Cray, Eddie Cusac, John Hammond, Little Jimmy King, Bettye Lavette, Johnny Lang, Kenny Neal, Taj Mahal, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Bobby Parker, Louisianna Red, Lil Jimmy Reed, Jimmie Lee Robinson, Guitar Shorty, Elder Utah Smith, Mavis Staples, Hubert Sumlin, Roomful of Blues, Sister Rosetta Tharpe , Otis Rush, The Temptations, Jimmy Vaughn, and many more.
Nine international tours and several festivals worldwide have brought Memphis Gold's high energy blues to audiences in Thailand, Sweden, Hungary, Turkey, Germany, Croatia, Macedonia, Egypt, Japan, Korea, The Marshall Islands, Guam, Guantanamo Bay and so many more. His international appeal landed him on the cover of the world's oldest blues magazine, Sweden's Jefferson Blues Magazine, the Living Blues Magazine (USA), the Block Magazine (Netherlands), and the cover of Blues and Rhythm Magazine in the United Kingdom.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1955, Memphis Gold, Chester Chandler was the thirteenth child of fourteen. His father also a musician introduced his son to the guitar at the tender age of 4. By the age of 8, he was a regular on historic Beale Street in Memphis where he played the guitar and danced for pocket change from the crowd. At the age of 12, his guitar skills were honed learning licks at the knee of legendary Delta picker and gospel player Reverend Robert "Tim" Wilkins. He has a host of brothers and relatives, who pastor churches within the Church Of God In Christ. As a matter of fact his fathers father, was one of the founders of the COGIC denomination in the 1800's. Chester is proud to say he is cousin of Pop/Gospel singer Denise Williams who co-recorded with singer Johnny Mathis, and also cousin of activist Dick Gregory.
After decades of juke joints, blues festivals, and Navy military duty, Memphis Gold landed in the nation's capital, Washington, DC. Friendships and regular performances with famed blues harp player, Charlie Sayles (W.C. Handy Award nominee, JSP Records) and noted D.C.-based bluesman Bobby Parker made Memphis Gold a regular staple of the DC music scene.
In 1995, he served a year-long stint as lead / rhythm guitarist in Blues Artist Deborah Coleman's touring band (with the late Willie Hicks on bass). By 1998, he issued his first and very well-received eponymous CD which was produced by Parker, the beginning of a stretch of very successful album releases.
2008 posed a dramatic turning point in Memphis Gold's career. In a life threatening accident, he fell 35 feet to the ground from up in a tree, breaking his back in three places. Doctors stated that there was very little chance of him ever being able to walk again. Despite these early warnings, he continued to write songs for Gator Gon'Bitechu!, the early 2009 album release, from his hospital bed. Through rigorous rehabilitation and pure determination to continue performing, Memphis Gold has recovered his mobility and is once again taking stages coast to coast and internationally.
The blues world continues to discover and love the music of Memphis Gold. Living Blues Magazine, the oldest authoritative Blues Magazine in America placed him on the cover of their February/March 2009 edition, and Gibson Guitars recognized Memphis Gold by awarding him with a custom guitar and endorsement. He was thrilled to perform at the Red, White and Blue Ball, the Official Military Inaugural Ball in January 2009. His music can be found on BB King's Bluesville on XM Radio, Comcast Music on Demand, and radio stations throughout the world.
This is no flash in the pan artist. He is as they say, the real deal.
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I have known Memphis Gold for many years and have worked with him on many different projects. Besides being a heck of a good writer, a heck of a good guitarist and a heck of a good vocalist, he is a heck of a great guy as well.
After having only communicated with him via the Internet for some years we finally got to meet at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN a years back. For as long as I live, I will never forget our introduction. From afar, I saw a distinguished looking man all dressed up in a sharp looking suit and he was wearing the unlikely accessory of a baseball cap that was bright gold with green letters that said Vietnam Vet. Not knowing who it was but being a veteran myself, I immediately decided I needed to meet this proud man. I walked up to him and said "excuse me sir, I'd like to introduce myself to you" and extended my hand. At that very second, his wife exuberantly exclaimed "why that's my husband, Memphis Gold". She was as proud a woman as he was a man and the goodness that was being given off from these two people was beyond what words can say about it. Once I told him who I was, we both let out joyous sounds and started hugging. That was about a warm a moment as I can ever remember having in my life.
Professionally, I've had the pleasure of doing reviews of three of his CDS and his songs have appeared on three compilation CDs I've produced. Those reviews can be read and those CDs can be listened to by going to www.Mary4Music.com
"The Blues Is My Passion & Therapy"
Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
P. O. Box 12285
Ft. Pierce, FL 34979
Blues Editor @ www.Mary4Music.com
2011 "Keeping The Blues Alive" Award Recipient"
Memphiis Gold is an internationally known and seasoned blues veteran who has shared the stage with some of the greatest bluesmeisters of the past and someday, someone will be referring to having shared the stage with the "Great" Memphis Gold., if not already. My dream is to see him live as he is already my friend. His pictures ha graced the cover of numerous(too many to mention here) blues mags and he is a beloved soull. Lets NOTHING, pain from an accident, get in the way of wailing those blues."
Memphis Gold is a bluesman. He was the youngest of 13 kids, growing on a farm outside his namesake city. He writes, plays sings and records his own material and has played all over the world but is still a down-to-earth guy. I love the way he sings.
I was introduced to Memphis by guitarist Dave Panzer, who appreciates authenticity in music. Record expert Joe Lee, commenting on MG's blues legitimacy, said, "He picked cotton, for **** sake!
And when he's on stage, the good feeling radiates out into the room.
You can't help but love the man."
Memphiis Gold is known worldwide and a lifelong veteran of the blues genre. He has worked with some of the greatest bluesmen known all over the world. Any time I open one of the blues magazines, there's sure to be a story about the music of Memphis Gold. He is a genuine person who enjoys making others happy with his music. He's an honest and caring man, one you only have to listen to once to know exactly what I mean...his music says it all.
Baton Rouge, LA."
Memphis Gold is an excellent musician whom I have had the pleasure of sitting in with his group on a few occasions. His music is very tight and extremely professional. There are many great artists in the blues world but, Memphis Gold is one of the best. I would put his music against anyone in the business, and you can take that to the bank!!"
I know Memphis from having a synergy regarding production work . Memphis Gold is hard working , passionate , seasoned professional he is inspiring .that is what is did for me and that is what makes him stand out ."
A superb professional singer, artist, entertainer and very, very talented; we all like him in the Netherlands. Without Memphis no party! His golden throat and guitar playing with every song are all nightingales in the blues! Hope we hear much more from him!"
Memphis Gold is a very talented and gifted blues entertainer.Once you have seen him, I am sure you will want to see him again!"
Going to see MG perform is ALWAYS a good time! You may not be able to count on much in the world these days, but you can count on that. He's very good at getting people up on their feet and dancing. - Krista Hale, Former Co-Owner of The Music Loft, Arlington, VA."
Memphis is the real deal... a genuine "Bluesman" and a true Professional entertainer. He's a great musician and a good person with an incredible talent. You will never have a bad show when using Memphis Gold."
With Memphis Communication's are a plus, and Talent to boot,
Guitar Blues Legend, Bobby Parker."
Super nice guy, fun and talented...great entertainer and a great man...I'm proud to know Memphis and always love when he shows up a gig cause it's jamming time!"
One of the most talented musicians I have ever had the the pleasure to meet and play with. Would through him on stage with anyone (Clapton, BB) and know he would fit right in. Of course, his rhythm section is pretty strong too ;-)."
Memphis Gold is a real blues Man, you need to have his CD , if he is near by your city, don't miss his perfomance! the guy is Awsome!"
That's awesome Memphis Gold! Look forward to seeing you out in Arizona my friend. Let me know when your heading this way and let's see about getting you some play time! peace love soul :) Chef Martini."
After a bad accident where Memphis was down from a back injury he came back full force and hes here for all time."
Great artist and very professional"
Memphis a talented musician"
Memphis Gold is a great performer/entertainer. I play sax and it's a pleasure preforming with him."
Awesome all around artist!"
I wish you the success you deserve...Use your talents to keep Blues alive in the world..Much love, Marla."
I know Memphis as a musician. He inspires people with his great music and performances. He's a bluesman, and he's one of those not so many who's keeping the blues alive, and that's what he does for me!"
Much success to you Memphis from the Blueswork Association in Sweden!"
Memphis is an enormously talented musician who roots in the blues are as genuine as you'll find anywhere. He is one of the best live."
you worked very hard chad, you deserve it and wish you the very best in the future to come."
Awesome! Memphis, look forward to seeing you soon, when are you in Arizona? Give me a head's up when your out here! Peace love soul :) Chef Martini."
i love you,my brother!-SLAM!"
You have all my support, Memphis! :)) Bluesically from Nice! Hugs! xox"
An enormously talented professional. And a very nice guy to boot. Hope your latest CD goes Gold (and not just in Memphis)!"
You know, when we were is high school...u had it..such a musician talented friend.I love u..much success to u Memphis Gold."
When are you coming to California?"
I am loving this man's music so much that I'm dancing! U ever see a white man dance? Exactly. It's ugly! But this music is very very good!"
It is a pleasure talking with you and I enjoy all of your songs that I've seen, as well as the videos. You put the T in talent. I'm glad to call you my friend. Much Love!"
Seen Memphis play live many places, Want a great showman and performer! go see him he won't let you down!"
Much success to you Memphis! You are a beautiful person along with gifted talents! :)"
Memphis is a gentle soul with great talent!"
I can't describe the first time I heard @[544688983:2048:Memphis Gold]. I was blown away. I appreciate his raw talent."
Very talented Bluesman. You have my support!"
Gday from Australia luv your music."
I think he great at what he does, he is an excellent business man.."
All The Best....nd Very Best......I hope nd wish to C U live oneday......any plans of comng to Germany? God bless You! nd Rock the scene..."
Keeep on doin what youre doing. You are a great blue singer and musician. I wish you all the best and much success."
Heard of him and his music through Facebook.He smokes !!"
Memphis Gold is a true Blues man, he is the real deal God Bless you Memphis..."
Memphis Gold...they don't call him gold for nothing. The man has a golden voice."
All the best to you and yours Memphis keep those Blues a comin'."
A kind man with a powerful voice!"
Memphis Gold keeping the blues alive."
Great singer, love the music. Memphis rules"
Keep doin' ya thing, @[544688983:2048:Memphis Gold]."
good luck for the future.......@[657410410:2048:Lady Di Blues]....."
memphis Gold...kick a$$ blues."
He loves the front cover of blues magazines.."
Great song and person"
iF lIL jIMMY SAYS HE'S GOOD, THEN HE'S GOOD."
Some sweet music!"
More than deserving. All the best to you!"
I've got two of his cd's I love them!"
Keep the flame burning Mr. Gold!"
it's so good- blues live today!"
Worth his weight in Gold!"
One of the Best!
All the Best! You deserve it!"
This Cat SMOKES it!"
you, re welcome"
the best to you!"
Memphi is a true bluesman."
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