With sounds gathered from the landscapes of the American Southwest, chris and thomas’ music could just as easily find its home in the rainy hills of the early 1970’s English countryside. Combining American roots instrumentation with soothing vocal harmonies, the duo’s rustic sounds and heartfelt songs are filled with thoughtful lyricism.
In 2003 chris and thomas arrived in Los Angeles, California. The duo’s live debut was opening up at the Hotel Café for singer/ songwriter Alexi Murdoch. Their unique live performance involves playing with one condenser microphone and gathering around it like a modern day Carter Family.
Chris Anderson and Thomas Hien
Vista Street Sessions (EP)
Land of Sea (Album)
Their songs “Take These Thoughts” and “Windows” have been played on L.A.’s influential NPR station KCRW.
On air performances on KCRW and other radio stations followed with appearances at SXSW and other venues and festivals throughout the country. More radio stations have added chris and thomas to their playlists as their fan base continues to grow in the U.S., in continental Europe and in the UK.
“Take These Thoughts” won best song of the year in the Americana category at the Independent Music Awards 2006. The duo’s full length debut Land Of Sea was recorded with renowned producer/engineer Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, U2, Tom Waits).
The US release includes the bonus track "Horse In The Sky". The song, penned by chris and thomas and Oscar nominated composer John Debney, is featured in the end credits of Garry Marshall’s new film Georgia Rule starring Lindsey Lohan and Jane Fonda.
evocative and impressive
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“Four stars... Simon and Garfunkel or young Crosby and Nash lost on a moonlit prairie. This is evoc...“Four stars... Simon and Garfunkel or young Crosby and Nash lost on a moonlit prairie. This is evocative and impressive stuff.” - Mojo
“One of my favorite indie releases
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“One of my favorite indie releases of the year.” - Nic Harcourt, Morning Becomes Eclectic, KCRW Los...“One of my favorite indie releases of the year.” - Nic Harcourt, Morning Becomes Eclectic, KCRW Los Angeles
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“The combination of unconventional lyrics, expert harmonies and traditional instruments works well t...“The combination of unconventional lyrics, expert harmonies and traditional instruments works well throughout the album, and Chris and Thomas emerge as artists to keep your eye on.” - MW, Performing Songwriter
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|Mar 21, 2009 Saturday||TBA||C and D's welcome cafe||Rodando Beach, CA, US|
|Mar 20, 2009 Friday||TBA||The Gypsy Den||Santa Anna, CA, US|
|Mar 19, 2009 Thursday||TBA||the Coffee Gallery backstage||Altadena, CA, US|
|Mar 17, 2009 Tuesday||TBA||Hotel Cafe||Los Angeles, CA, US|
|Mar 15, 2009 Sunday||TBA||The Frog n Peach||San Louis Obispo, CA, US|
|Mar 14, 2009 Saturday||TBA||Duncan House Concert||Ventura, CA, US|
|Mar 11, 2009 Wednesday||TBA||Monterey Live||Monteray, CA, US|
|Mar 9, 2009 Monday||TBA||The Bistro||Hayward, CA, US|
|Mar 7, 2009 Saturday||TBA||The plough and the stars||San Francisco, CA, US|
|Mar 6, 2009 Friday||TBA||Painted Sky Studios||Cambria, CA, US|
|Mar 5, 2009 Thursday||TBA||Orchard Valley Coffee Roasters||Cambell, CA, US|
|Feb 6, 2009 Friday||TBA||Baines Books and Coffee||Appomattox, VA, US|
|Jan 29, 2009 Thursday||TBA||Common Groundz||Richmond, VA, US|
|Jan 24, 2009 Saturday||TBA||Coffee East||Easton, MD, US|