When it comes to rock stardom, Chris Vos is a square peg in a round hole.
The singer and guitarist was born and raised on a rural Wisconsin dairy farm, and he moved to Los Angeles for practical reasons. His wife got a job offer from the Los Angeles Times, so it made sense for the blues musician to look for opportunities in a place famous for music. “I wanted to find work and do what I loved,” Vos says. “I was fortunate to find Alex and Marc.”
That’s Alex Stiff and Marc Cazorla, the bassist and drummer, respectively, who complete The Record Company, a rock ‘n’ roll band fresh off its second record, All of this Life. The group will bring its blended style of blues and rock to Rose Music Hall on June 13.
When Vos got to Los Angeles, he made a Craigslist post looking for a bass player, which is how he met Stiff.Cazorla, who already knew Stiff, joined the mix not much later, and that’s how the trio ended up in Stiff’s living room in Los Feliz, where it recorded, mixed and produced its first album, 2016’s Give It Back to You. It garnered massive critical success, including a Grammy Award nomination for best contemporary blues album.
As the band’s impact has grown larger, so have the sizes of the venues. It’s moved past half-empty coffee shops, now rocking sold-out 1,000-plus-seat theaters and opening for acts such as John Mayer and B.B. King. This has forced the band to adapt in some ways. “You change just as anything changes when it grows,” Vos says. “When the rooms get bigger, your sound gets bigger.”
What Vos says the band doesn’t plan to change is the inherent spirit that led to its formation in the first place.“You’re always trying to play the best music that’s from your heart, that’s honest and authentic to who you are as a person, no matter what.”