Chris Bolint
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Chris Bolint

Chicago, IL | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Chicago, IL | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
Solo Rock


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Chris Bolint @ Launch Music Festival

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

Chris Bolint @ Duesenburg Recital Hall

Valparaiso, Indiana, United States

Valparaiso, Indiana, United States

Chris Bolint @ Front Porch Music

Valparaiso, Indiana, United States

Valparaiso, Indiana, United States



"Factory Fast Records Podcast"

"Chicago-based rock guitarist Chris Bolint is just carrying on a family tradition... Hear 'bout his unique journey, what makes for a good guitar instrumental, and if dad approves of the music." - Factory Fast Records

"Chicago Acoustic Underground Podcast"

"Chris Bolint joined us at the end of last July along with his band the "iPhoniacs" (his iPhone) and rocked the hell out of his awesome Godin electric guitar. It was one hell of an afternoon." - Michael Teach, CAU - Chicago Acoustic Underground

""Forge The Dream" Winner in American Songwriting Awards - NWI Times Feature"

Region Songwriter Nabs National Honor

Northwest Indiana singer/songwriter Chris Bolint just received his trophy for having taken top honors in the 2016 American Songwriting Awards with his original song, "Forge The Dream," co-written nearly four years ago with friend Billy Cox, of Lake Station.

"I learned about the American Songwriting Awards on the internet," Bolint told the Local Scene. "I entered because I thought of it as another way to get my music out to more people within the music industry, and make connections. Plus, I wanted to see if my songs stood out. I choose 'Forge The Dream' because I thought it was a really good song all the way through and might have a chance of winning."

The song was co-produced in 2012 by Bolint and Wes Koz at the latter's home studio in Lombard, Illinois with additional recording done at Chrome Attic Studios in Crystal Lake, Illinois. The song appears on Bolint's 2015 full length original CD, "Embers Alive," which made this writer's "2015 Regional Top 10" list in the column published on January 7.

"I wrote all the main melodies, bass parts, drums. I recorded all guitars, and bass for the song," said Bolint. "I initially had the opening riff for the song beforehand, Billy and I worked together to develop the rest of the song structure. It was a big help having somebody to bounce ideas off of during the writing session and led to the magic of writing what I think is a truly rockin' song! Contributing to the recording and adding the beats heard behind all of Bolint's instrumentation is drummer Trevor Warren of Lombard, IL

"It feels great to be recognized by songwriting peers as having written a good song," said Bolint. "I knew this was a great song from the second we finished it almost four years ago. Sometimes you just know, but it feels good to have that confirmed, even when stacked up against so many great songwriters from across the world. I'm happy to be recognized for it."

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"Post Tribune Article - Aug 16'"

Guitarist Chris Bolint returns to Chicago Street Theatre in Valparaiso

Chris Bolint's "Embers Alive" provided a spark that fueled an increasingly successful career.

A hard-rock instrumental guitarist, Bolint released the self-financed debut album last year.

The Portage resident makes a return visit to Chicago Street Theatre in Valparaiso at 7 p.m. Aug. 21.

Bolint is part of a double bill with Robert Rolfe Feddersen, who will open the show. Feddersen has had albums that used the recording talents of Steve Albini, known for his studio work with Nirvana and Cheap Trick.

Bolint also is associated with some other notable names.

"I recently just signed some TV license deals with networks like MTV, Fox Sports, Discovery and NASCAR," Bolint said in a recent phone interview.

Those agreements give him "the opportunity to have my songs placed on their shows," he said.

Bolint said such potential forums hopefully provide a way to "just get my music out to more people."

Plus, it can generate extra revenue.

"You get paid good money depending on what show it is and how long it's played," he said.

Slowly building a reputation, Bolint logged an opening-act gig this year with bass-playing legend Stu Hamm.

"That was at Reggie's Music Joint in Chicago," Bolint said. "That was a big deal for me."

Hamm is a bassist who has rubbed shoulders with some luminaries in the world of guitar wizardry.

"He's played with Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Michael Schenker, who are some of my biggest guitar idols," Bolint said.

"My original stuff is completely instrumental," the 29-year-old rocker said. "I kind of let my guitar do the melody, and that's what takes the place of the voice. I never grew up focusing on vocals."

His 2016 win in the "Instrumental" category of the American Songwriting Awards contest proved that Bolint has a knack for crafting wordless tunes.

"I know they can work without lyrics and still have an emotional impact," said Bolint, noting he is a classically trained cellist who grew up playing classical music.

His composition "Forge the Dream" earned him the American Songwriting Award.

Bolint strives for something bigger when releasing a piece of music: "I try to make it like I'm telling a story; just like you would if you're singing," he said.

Feddersen also aims to weave a narrative. The Lakes of the Four Seasons resident said his work fits a certain style.

"I would say folk-rock; there's stories in the songs," the 46-year-old singer-songwriter said. "It's probably a mix between Woody Guthrie and Steve Earle."

Playing acoustic guitar, Feddersen will be accompanied Aug. 21 by violinist Ingrid Schimnoski, electric guitarist Nick Smerz and Feddersen's wife, Terri Ann, who will sing backing vocals and provide percussion.

Feddersen wrote the song "Fly," which is on the soundtrack album for "Varsity Blues" (1999).

Chris Bolint and Robert Rolfe Feddersen

Where: Chicago Street Theatre, 154 W. Chicago St., Valparaiso

When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21

Tickets: $20; couch seat $30

Information: (219) 464-1636, ext. 1,

Bob Kostanczuk is a freelance writer.

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"WGN Radio - Nick Digilio Interview/Live Performance - July 16'"

“You are so connected to the instrument. It’s beautiful” Nick D on Rock Guitarist Chris Bolint

In this conversation with Nick Digilio, amazing rock guitarist Chris Bolint talks about his roots and previews his performance this Tuesday, July 12th opening for legendary bassist Stu Hamm. -

"Relix Magazine Feature"

"Escaping Shadows" featured in Relix Magazine (April-May Issue) and on CD Sampler. -

""Escaping Shadows" Finalist in USA Songwriting Competition"

Bartlett and Frisell- Duane Andrews
Winter Solstice Between Heaven And Earth- Bill Wren
Willow Waltz- Kathryn Kaye
Ceremony-Fiona Hawkins
Hope-Gina Fant-Saez
11,000 Miles -Michele McLaughlin
Traveler- Lawson Rollins
Brooklyn Days- Evelyne Datl
Escaping Shadows- Chris Bolint
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"Embers Alive Named To Top 10 Albums Of 2015 - NWI Times"

9) CHRIS BOLINT -- “Embers Alive” (Chris Bolint Music) produced by Wes Koz & Chris Bolint

For those who appreciate inspired instrumental guitar playing that transcends boundaries while steeped equally in jazz and heavy metal influences, the debut CD of all original compositions by Northwest Indiana's Bolint will certainly please. Best tracks: "Infused With" and “OnRush.”

Bolin's string bending proficiency, dexterity of his digits, songwriting acumen and astute arrangements will appeal to fans of such guitar gods as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Paul Gilbert. Although his fingers can fly along the frets, Bolint is much more than just another "million notes a minute" type. Bolint demonstrates real finesse and passion throughout his impressive 9-track debut. Other highlights: “Graven” and "Embers Alive." More: -

"Embers Alive Featured By Guitar World Magazine"

Instrumental hard rock guitarist Chris Bolint, 29, has released a new instrumental album, Embers Alive.

The Indiana-based Bolint, who's also a classically training cellist, draws his inspiration primarily from classic rock and classical music.

Bolint, a Berklee College of Music grad, wrote most of the music on the album and recorded it over the course of two and a half years with a small group of musicians.

He recently performed live on Chicago's WGN Radio, competed in the Guitar Gods Festival Competition and is now playing shows around Chicago as he plans a 2016 U.S tour.

Embers Alive is available through iTunes.

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"720AM WGN Radio- Nick Digilio Interview/Live Performance"

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""Forge The Dream" Finalist in Song of Year Songwriting Competition"


Chris Bolint - Forge the Dream
Eduardo de la Iglesia - Escape From Bach
Warren Chadwick - One day at a time
Ionut Mirel Udrea - Dor (Nostalgia) -

"Fearless Radio Interview"

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"The Edge On Air Radio Interview"

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"89.1 FM Lakeshore Public Radio Interview with Tom Lounges"

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Chris Bolint is an instrumental hard rock guitarist from the Chicago Area USA. Having released his debut album, Embers Alive, in early 2015, the 30 year old former Berklee College of Music student has since garnered both regional and national praise for it. His music is a blend of hard, progressive, & virtuosic rock, with hints of classical and has been said to be both melodic and moving by audiences. Bolint has been held akin to guitar greats such as, Joe Satriani and Joe Bonamassa, and knows how to deliver the musical goods.

Chris’s nine song self released debut solo album, Embers Alive, was recorded around the Chicago, IL area and released in Spring 2015. A true solo effort, Chris wrote nearly every piece of music including the drums, played all guitar & bass, and Co-Produced it along with Producer Wes Koz (Plain White T’s). Over the last year he has gained fans and sold albums worldwide, as well as getting the attention of Guitar World and Relix Magazines, who have both featured his music to their readers. Also, to Chris’s excitement this past year his song “Forge The Dream” won for best instrumental in the American Songwriting Awards. Appearances on Chicago’s WGN Radio had him spreading his music throughout the midwest, while having his album played on over 100 different radio stations nationwide had him spreading his music across the country. To top it all off, Chris also had the pleasure of opening for bass legend Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai) at Chicago’s famed rock club Reggies. 

Chris is already in the works of putting together another full length album for his sophomore effort. All the while still stoking the Embers… with his debut release by consistently gaining and engaging new fans during live shows and on his online social media sites. Hailed by WGN Radio’s Nick Digilio to be  “Bringing back the rock instrumental”, Chris plans to keep rock music alive for a new generation.

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