Musician Chris Corkery will admit, music saved his life in many ways. From going through his parents divorced, Corkery’s own divorce and not seeing his kids as much. Corkery is a sensitive singer and songwriter.
Corkery said he really didn’t listen to a lot of music around the house growing up, but he discovered it on his own. He remembered Stone Temple Pilots “Core” as his first album purchase. The song “Plush” from that release stuck vividly in his mind. But the album that flicked the light switch was “What’s The Story Morning Glory” from Oasis.
“I was in a dorm at the U of I, and I remember hearing ‘Wonderwall’ a couple dorm rooms down,” recalled Corkery. “And that acoustic intro really transfixed me, so I dived into those guys.” And because that album had an obvious nod to The Beatles, Corkery found his way to the Fab Four pretty quickly. As for himself, Corkery sticks to Americana, Honkytonk and Roots Country genres.
The Bloomington, IL native tears up barrooms with blazing acoustic guitar riffs and belts out ballads at shows across the Midwest and beyond. His energetic guitar performances match the intensity of Robert Johnson, while his soulful side captures the heartbreak of Townes Van Zandt. Now based in Lexington, IL, Corkery began performing in 2000 and fronted the heartland rock group The Dirty Hands Band before venturing out as a solo performer in 2010. Corkery writes with honesty and performs with pure passion. His songs range from blues and rock-inspired up-tempo stomps to lyrical stories and melodies about family, hardship and life on the road. He’s shared stages with Shooter Jennings, Cody Jinks, The Band of Heathens, Robert Earl Keen, Backyard Tire Fire, The Righteous Hillbillies, Anders Osborne, Whitey Morgan, Sturgill Simpson, J.B. Beverley and many others.