With a career in music spanning almost 25 years, St. Petersburg, Fl, based Chris “Kid” Royal has a history in a genre where history is important and somewhat uncommon for his age. He began his career with the likes of Chicago Pete (Jr. Parker, Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, Jimmy Dawkins, Albert Collins, Lazy Lester) and others such as Douglas Watson (the son of Muddy Waters’ piano player, Lovie Lee) at the remarkably young age of 15. Hailing from a musical family in London, ON, Canada, Chris’ mother, Linda, was a singer who had members of The Band and Janis Joplin's band sitting in at her gigs. Through her record collection, Chris was introduced to Lightnin' Hopkins, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson, and many others, inspiring him to begin a musical career of his own. He quickly became known locally as a guitar prodigy.
Chris ventured to Austin, TX, at the age of 16, where he met the great Clifford Antone. (Antone’s in Austin was the hang out for Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Vaughan and the T-Birds, the home to Texas blues, and a venue Albert King, B.B King, and countless other greats came through, revered, and appreciated). Antone was so impressed by Chris, he asked him to stay in Austin to learn more about the blues.
Chris has played in various countries and festivals around the globe including the Montreal Jazz Festival and Notodden Blues Festival in Norway. He has opened for such acts as Eric Burdon and Peter Frampton. He has also played alongside such luminaries as Jeff Healey, and recently, “Kid” has shared stages, trading licks with Eric Gales, Sue Foley, and his biggest musical hero, Ronnie Earl. Most recently, Ronnie Earl and “Kid” played together at a Hospice for the homeless during the Utah Blues Festival (2019), sharing the healing power of music with those most in need.
The current lineup of the band includes Harry Ong on bass and Third Richardson on drums. The energetic, ardent duo has become a fixture of the local music scene in St. Petersburg, FL.