“I started in folk with Magic Music. Lee Aronsohn, co-creator of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, made an award-winning 2018 documentary about that hippie band and the Boulder music heyday of the 1970s. It’s called 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie. That traveling circus and touring with Russell Smith of the Amazing Rhythm Aces led me to start my own band, Chris Daniels & the Kings. We’ve toured Europe 21 times, made 15 albums, two with Freddi Gowdy, and been nominated for a Grammy. So you could say folk music gave me the ride of my life.”
After leaving the area to earn a B.A. in music and journalism at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Berklee College of Music in Boston, Daniels returned to found Spoons, an influential Boulder rock band.
In the early 1980s, he toured with former Amazing Rhythm Aces frontman Russell Smith and founded the notorious After Hours Jams at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.