Chris Doud
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Chris Doud

Modesto, California, United States | SELF

Modesto, California, United States | SELF
Band Americana Folk


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Story Song (2011)
The Ghost of Good Manners (2008)
52 Week Club Sampler (2006)
The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit (2005)
Pirate Research (2004)
Slow Your Swing Hair (2001)



"his songs can make you suddenly and magically remember stories that have been inside you forever but you somehow forgot were there" -Kathleen Ennis, Propect Theatre

Chris Doud is a singer/songwriter, solo performer, an original 52-Week Club member, and co-frontman of successful band, The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit. A self-styled musician, he is ideologically a folk singer in the storytelling, olde-country, version of the genre. Influences include Bob Dylan, John Prine, Johnny Cash, Townes VanZandt, Merle Haggard, and Kris Kristopherson. Weaving beautiful, guitar-driven musical compositions around well-crafted poetry, he reveals his musical influences while achieving a very fresh and original sound, that both soothes and inspires. Most of the songs center around recounting grand adventures, recalling the younger years and the glory days, and remarking on life's certainties as well as its unknowns.

Notes from the artist: "The latest solo effort (Story Song) is pretty much fully described by it's title. It's songs about stories. And the stories are about people I've known, places I've seen, and what little I've figured out about life in general. It's those few things I know, and the melodies that go along with them. There's loved-ones and lovers, lost souls and legends, family and friends, hearts and homes. Folk stories, foot-stompers, ballads, and a little Texas swing are scattered throughout, providing a good mix of sitting-in-your-easy-chair listening, dancing-your-sweetheart-around listening, and going-for-a-long-drive-in-the-country listening.

The writing on this album spans the last 9 years, with one or two songs that have actually appeared in other forms on previous albums but I always wanted to re-do, some songs that have just been kicking around in the ether of my mind for a number of years, and some very recent writings that I was just itching to get down on wax. Most of the songs on this album are product of the 52 Week Club, a club that encourages and inspires members to write a song-a-week for one year straight. Other tracks on this album just magically appeared, like the dust on that old pump organ I've been meaning to fix."