Chris McQueen

  • Snarky Puppy/ Foe Destroyer/ Forq

“The Coronado has a fantastic, punchy-yet-full sound. I love the ability to link the two channels together, which is so reminiscent of the old Airline amps and gives you tons of gain and flexibility."

About Chris McQueen

Chris McQueen has been playing, writing, and recording music since 1994. He plays guitar in the Grammy winning instrumental band Snarky Puppy, as well as the weirder, grittier instrumental quartet Forq, the indie rock band Foe Destroyer, and a new West African-inspired band Bokanté. He’s also accidentally done several rock musicals over the last eight years featuring his actual person on stage in costume, sometimes even running around in heels. The most recent of these was David Bowie’s Lazarus at New York Theatre Workshop; others include The Rocky Horror Show (Dallas Theater Center), Fly By Night (Playwrights Horizons & DTC), and The Who’s Tommy (DTC). He recently made an iPhone app called Guitar Note Atlas that is a nice way for guitarists to quickly see how to finger things on the fretboard, and also for non-guitarists to study scales and modes.

Chris grew up in Austin, TX. He started playing guitar and recording songs at home on a 4-track Tascam around age 10. A few years later he joined RedHeaded Stepchild, a kid band that played western swing, and learned a ton from guitar prodigy Will Knaak. Later he got into jazz and went to the University of North Texas to study with Fred Hamilton. He eventually played in the One O’Clock Lab Band and wrote a piece that we recorded for Lab 2006. He stayed in the Dallas area for a few years after college and learned some of the most important things about music from the (still strong) R&B, jazz, Gospel scene, particularly from legendary keyboardist Bernard Wright. Along with singer/songwriter Adrian Hulet he co-led the epic rock band Oso Closo. After two albums and a DVD, Oso Closo broke up and clumsily reformed into Foe Destroyer, which features singer/songwriters Daniel Garcia and Cade Sadler.