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 billing with such artists as Bernard Allison, David Banner, Eric Bibb, Billy Branch, James Brown, R.L. Burnside, Barbara Carr, Big Lucky Carter, George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic All Stars, Deborah Coleman, Shemikca Copeland, Robert Cray, Eddie Cusac, John Hammond, Cathy Ponton King, Lil Ed and the Imperials, Little Jimmy King, Junior Kimbrough, Bettye Lavette, Johnny Lang, Kenny Neal, Taj Mahal, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Brett Micheals, Bobby Parker, Louisianna Red, Lil Jimmy Reed, Jimmie Lee Robinson, Charlie Sayles, Guitar Shorty, Elder Utah Smith, Mavis Staples, Hubert Sumlin, Roomful of Blues, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Otis Rush, The Temptations, Jimmy Vaughn, Joe Louis Walker 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.
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