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Chris Harris (self-titled)

by Chris Harris

Americana/folk/alt-country; Acoustic with acoustic accoutrements.
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. On My Own
3:39 $0.99
2. Wasted Too Much Time
4:08 $0.99
3. Angeline
4:15 $0.99
4. Ft. Worth Blues
3:28 $0.99
5. Halo 'Round the Moon
2:12 $0.99
6. Save A Little Time
2:30 $0.99
7. Someday
3:03 $0.99
8. I Can't Count the Times
5:25 $0.99
9. In Between Love
3:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
Growing up in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, Texas, the son of musicians, Chris Harris was raised amidst an abundance of musical styles and traditions. Although certainly influenced by his parent’s jazz background, Chris’ musical education was shaped and steeped in the broad variety of musical forms associated with the north central Texas region...the blues of Stevie Ray and Jimmy Vaughn, the country-pop of BW Stevenson, the poetic imagery of Townes Van Zant. From early on, music was the seminal influence in the Harris household.

Chris’ initial CD, ‘Chris Harris – self-titled’ represents a collection of songs gleaned from his live sets, which have always been heavily laden in Texas folk. “I was really just trying to put together a cd of 3 or 4 songs that I could use to get some work” says Chris. “It then became something bigger, and we thought we’d go all the way with it”. The album features veteran performers Eddie ‘Skip’ Parente on violin and mandolin, Jon Lindahl on bass, and friends Kris Mitchell (of the Bitch Creek Nymphs), Toni Powell (of Urban Coyote) and Ken Potter supplying harmony vocals.

A stellar acoustic finger-picker, Chris uses his mastery of mood and tempo to illuminate the songs he sings. Much as a skilled illustrator can transform a good book into a memorable one, Chris “paints” his songs with his guitar. Still, when you ask most fans, “What’s so special about Chris Harris?” they’ll tell you it’s his voice. It’s actually a startling voice, in some ways: haunting and sweet and gruff all at the same time.

His self-titled debut CD presents this uniquely talented singer and guitar player at his soulful best. Plying his trademark molasses-over-sandpaper voice to poignant effect, Chris pieces these songs together into a patchwork quilt of longing, sorrow, redemption, and hope. Harris’ arrangements somehow manage to feel spare and lush at the same time – guitars, bass, violin, mandolin and backing vocals, all supporting his rueful sound. The emotional effect is devastating. This is music for listeners who care about how they spend their precious time...



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Bev Leatherwood

Warm, homestyle vocals delivered up with the sincerity of Sunday dinner at Grand
This CD is a real winner. The music invokes another place, another time. The warmth and feeling are genuine as is the man. Chris Harris delivers a beautiful effort with this album. His voice draws you in, wraps you in a warm quilt and holds you close. I highly recommend this record. You will listen to it again and again.

Willie Carmichael

Great singer with a great CD. Yikes!
On this CD Chris Harris takes songs by other writers and stands 'em on their heads. He has a unique, chewy kind of tenor voice perfect for these songs. Hearing this CD makes me go get a beer and sit down and REALLY LISTEN. The arrangements are simple, tasteful, and hugely effective at evoking the emotional content of the songs. This is one of my most-played albums.
Willie Carmichael--Bend, Oregon

Greg Young

Intimate, acoustic, feel. Chris Harris delivers.
Chris Harris has a voice that demands attention. Wonderful songs by great singer/songwriters like Steve Earle, Tom Waits, James McMurtry and B.W. Stevenson are delivered with the sensitivity and depth the lyrics deserve. This is a great CD sure to please. Warm and inviting. Chris Harris sings with intelligence and grace. No frills. No gimmicks. This is the real deal. Chris Harris delivers.

Guthrie Thomas

One of the Best
This is a very fine recording from an excellent singer-songwriter. One of the best in the art of one of the most difficult styles of music...That style being, climbing on a stage, alone with one acoustic guitar...There can be no mistakes when you play alone...or, you are so good, that when any mistake is made, no one would know it ever happened....Guthrie Thomas

Steve Neth

This guy is awesome !!! Great recording !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This recording is very well done . The selections are all excellent and well performed .Great guitar style and an unbleivable voice .Great harmonies ,the arrangements are wonderfull. When I first got this CD I listned to it several times in my car before I switched to another disc. I think you will too!!!!!!!!!!! Go Chris Go !!!!!!!!!!!!


Oh yeah: the real thing.
Beautiful vocals, melodic guitar picking, nice mandolin and violin played impecably without overpowering the stories or showing off chops.
This one is for sunny mornings and wood floors.