Cris Portillo Jr.
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  • 1.
    Chop'em Down (3 String CBG w/ band)
  • 2.
    Heros From The Grave(3 string CBG With Band)
  • 3.
    The Four Horsemen (Played On Smokehouse Guitars)q
  • 4.
    Been Found (Played On Smokehouse Guitars)
  • 5.
    Ganja Israel (Played On Smokehouse Guitars)
  • 6.
    Hoochie Coochie Man (Played On Smokehouse Guitars)
  • 7.
    Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed (Rough Draft!!!)
  • 8.
    Heroes From The Grave (CBG Recording)
  • 9.
    Heroes From The Grave (Uke Jam)
  • 10.
    Time Will Tell
  • 11.
    Small Axe

Cris Portillo Jr.'s Discussions

Paul McCartney Plays 4 String Resonator CBG during Nirvana renunion!!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Habanera Hal Dec 16, 2012. 10 Replies

Did anyone else just see that?!?!?!?!Paul was closing out the Concert for Hurricane Sandy victims when he brought out Dave and Chris from Nirvana and threw on a 4 string CBG resonator for the heavy…Continue

CBG Tuning for Drum and Guitar jam

Started this discussion. Last reply by Slowpaw Steve T Jan 30, 2012. 3 Replies

Does anyone have a favorite or recommended tuning to use when jamming just a guitar and drums?So far I've been usingCGCDGBDADF#The first or any variation of it is fun to use and can easily be…Continue

Very first So Cal Cigar Box Guitar Night at It's a Grind Open Mic

Started this discussion. Last reply by Josh Gayou (SmokehouseGuitars) Apr 11, 2011. 6 Replies

Hello everyone, I just wanted to tell you all about what an awesome night we had last night. I put together the very first CBG night in the local So California area at an Open Mic I run and it was a…Continue

Chords In Open G 4 String

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bryce Rhodes Mar 9, 2015. 25 Replies

I'm looking for some help with forming chords in Open G tuning on a 4 string. Can anyone point me in the right direction????

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At 11:49am on February 27, 2014, Downtown Vinnie said…

Hey Chris,jus checkin in to see if you are still playin our fest in July.Hit me back

Vinnie...Facebooked ya too  w my

At 8:40pm on September 4, 2013, turtlehead said…

I don't know what the deal is Cris.  It doesn't look like I can reply to any of your videos, but I haven't had any trouble on any other vids or discussions.  I can see the comments, but there is nowhere to reply.  Anyway, keep it up - you remind me of a friend of mine who plays some reggae and world music - your voices are very similar and I dig it.

At 5:46pm on September 2, 2013, turtlehead said…

For some reason I can't comment on your videos, but just wanted to say I enjoyed both of your new songs.

At 8:24am on April 5, 2013, c# merle said…

dig your take of 'miss you' cris. a highpoint of the album for sure - well done mate.

At 7:29am on February 11, 2013, c# merle said…

cheers cris, i'll get to work on it this week

At 1:35am on October 28, 2012, RTZGUITARS said…

Hey! Happy Birthday Chris! Take Care.

At 3:20am on November 2, 2011, HotBox Guitars said…
They still have open mic night at Its a grind? I would like to come watch sometime.
At 2:21pm on August 25, 2011, dogfinger steve said…
Hi Chris, the tuning in the vid was GDGg as far as i recall:0)
At 11:53pm on June 6, 2011, smokin' axe said…
Nice job on all of your videos Cris, and thanks for sharing on facebook!
At 8:55am on June 5, 2011, Uncle John said…


   I like most of your stuff and quite a lot.  I just love 'Had Me A Girl.'  I am learning that one today and hope to play it Friday at open mike night.

   Cris, there are hundreds of excellent player/singer/performers who never reach mainstream stardom.  But I hope you are one that reaches it and still has a happy life.  Good on ya little bro.



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