The seventh annual Eastside Kings Fest honors the Lone Star State’s surviving blues heroes, so bassist Chuck Rainey – a man with a résumé longer than most hanging scrolls – stems his international touring schedule to perform on three consecutive nights. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Rainey has called Texas home for 35 years. Son to two pianists, the longtime DFW dweller grew up swarmed by an inescapable cloud of sonics.: “We had our days in the house where we’d just have music day, especially when I got around 12,” recalls the multi-instrumentalist. “We all had to do something on Wednesday night, especially during the summer. Everybody had to sing, play, or do something, so I’ve been around music all my life.”: Bass serves as the foundation of most instrumental fabrics, the hem of many rhythms.: “If I weren’t a bass player, I would be a drummer because rhythm has always been the platform from which I play,” affirms Rainey.: Before becoming bandleader on five albums, the smooth-talking baritone helped lay the groundwork for luminaries including Steely Dan, Quincy Jones, Etta James, and Aretha Franklin. For Rainey, all of those experiences served him well irrespective of the encounters ending pleasantly or poorly.: “I do have favorite people that I’ve worked with, but none is really like number one,” the 79-year-old said before mentioning Donny Hathaway and Harry Belafonte as two of his favorite collaborators. He also mentioned looking forward to performing with artists he’s recorded alongside, namely Shake Anderson, whom he joins at Antone’s on Friday, and Lucky Peterson.
Sat., Sept. 14