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chris cobbChris Cobb's band comes in several varieties, sometimes with female vocalist, most recently Leah Tysse, and sometimes not. In San Francisco you're most likely to catch Chris at Lou's Pier 47. He sometimes appears with Dave Workman at The Saloon in North Beach, too. If you like blistering, visceral, emotional blues, heart-and-soul-through-the-fingers, then you'll like Chris Cobb.

And not only does Chris Cobb entertain with a guitar, he's helped countless others in the Bay Area entertain with a guitar, as he runs the Real Guitars vintage equipment shop South of Market...

It's a tough job...

Well, maybe not so bad. Chris Cobb, in fact, comes off like a kid in a candy store in this place, and it's his candy store! (co-located with Gary Brawer's guitar repair shop and Dan Ransom Guitars). That yellow Tele, by the way, is a jenn-yu-wine '54 Esquire. Chris plays it out, too.

Chris Cobb's old trio with Tony Stead on Hammond B3 organ and Chris Sandoval on drums got done out of their regular Tuesday night slot when the Grant & Green shut down (it's reopened of course, but you knew that), but they still gigged for a time at Lou's and other local clubs. Bass player? "Nah, Tony kicks it on B3," says Cobb. Chris Sandoval is Tommy Castro's regular drummer now.

just having a little fun...

Chris Cobb
c/o Real Guitars
15 Lafayette Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 552-3310; fax (415) 621-6904; or