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Chris Daniels and The Kingsareresponsible for our"Made It Through The Week" song that closes9NEWS 6 a.m. on Fridays.
Daniels is the front man and an assistant professor of music business at the University of Colorado Denver. He tells his students "You are only as good as your next project," and his group's next project is starting to get underway, 30 years after they first banned together.
Chris Daniels and the Kings are kicking off their 30th year of making music with a special anniversary tour. Here's the itinerary:
March 1 - Nissi's (replacing the closed Blue Note) in Lafayette - show starts at 8 p.m.
March 8 - The Little Bear, Evergreen - show starts at 9:15 p.m.
March 21 - Herman's Hideaway, Denver - show starts at 10:30 p.m.
As the schedule shows, Daniels and his bandmates chose to go back to their roots. "Our first gig was at the Blue Note in Boulder. Then, after we played at the Little Bear, Allan gave us a shot at Herman's," Daniels said.
Three decades, 15 albums, 20 European tours, 4,000 shows, and 12,000 sets later, the band is still working hard.
"I think we've done more shows than the Rolling Stones ... I sat down and estimated that we have averaged more than 100 shows per year, some years as many as 320 - for the past 30 years. That's well over 4,000 shows - 12,000 sets," Daniels said.
They're not done either. Chris Daniels and The Kings already have their eyes set on a new release this summer with funk-master Fred Gowdy who will be on tour with Daniels and the Kings all year.
Daniels also has a slew of impressive accomplishments as a solo artist. The three most recent of which are his Grammy Award nominations both in songwriting and for his work on Al Jarreau's children's album, Jumpin' Jazz Kids, and hisrecent induction into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.
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9NEWS Intern Brett Bloethner contributed to this article.