Chris Huff
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Mar
21
Chris Huff @ New Castle Farmers Market

New Castle, Delaware, USA

New Castle, Delaware, USA

Mar
20
Chris Huff @ Paddy Whacks - Welsh Road

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Mar
19
Chris Huff @ The Tun Tavern

Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

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Press


Huff proves himself a competent craftsman...composes solid singles...adept at switching genres...one walks away from D&T with a good feeling and a song in one's head."
- Origivation Magazine (Oct 2008)


Chris Huff is a very talented singer-songwriter...North Cathedral Way opens with Ball And Chain, a dynamic song that allows Huff to show off some pretty impressive pipes. - December 2008


With “Death and Texas LP,” Chris Huff has created an entertaining album that uniquely blends together a plethora of influences from the last four decades. Fans of quirky, lyrical rock should definitely check it out!
- November 2008


Chris Huff speaks/plays a musical patois that is unique in popular culture. He has a strong sense of melody and song construction. - November 2008


Folk music to blow your house down....comes from a sensibility formed as much by the dark-angst rock of Nirvana, the street-rock of Lou Reed, and the art-rock of David Bowie, as such typical acoustic-strumming singers as Bob Dylan....intelligent songs that rely on wit and verbal sophistication to talk about contemporary life. - Berkshire Eagle


Huff’s songs are very poignant. There is a driving sense of urgency... - Songwriter's Monthly


Huff merges rock styles....his very tasteful and competent band was fun to watch and listen to.
- Chatham Courier


Discography

Death and Texas LP, North Cathedral Way - available on iTunes, CD Baby, and huffmusic.com

Baby Blue - 7" vinyl single released through Sweden's Belpid Records

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They don’t make them like Chris Huff anymore. A throwback to the days when artists worked in multiple genres on the same album, his songs are impossible to pigeonhole while emerging from a spirit that is of a desire to both experiment and provide the pleasures of the best pop, rock and reggae. As a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, his sensibilities emerge to create what can only be called “Huffmusic,” and it’s Huffmusic that makes his latest album, Death and Texas LP, so uniquely compelling.

Like the character in Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere,” Chris has done too much to mention in such a small space. Based in Bucks County, PA (45 minutes north of Philly) but a native of New York City, he’s played and sung classical, jazz, folk, and opera; he’s studied bluegrass in Kentucky; he’s been in prog rock bands, large soul groups, and alternapop combos; he’s scored film and performed children’s songs. It all adds up to experience that few other musicians can match, and it is an eclecticism that is at the heart of his music. As Chris says, “In a way, I make my albums to sound like a mix tape, except, of course, that all the songs are performed, written and sung by me.”

As a songwriter, Chris has always studied the greats. He reflects, “When I got into songwriting, I immediately got into Woody Guthrie and things like that. I’m always interested in delving into the roots of things and getting to the source. It gives my music a sense of timelessness – and it cuts through the B.S.”

Other influences include Dylan, Robyn Hitchcock (“When you get underneath the surface with him, you get to the English folk and comedy tradition”) and David Bowie, who took an interest in Chris. Chris recounts, “I was early on David’s website, and when it first started he was very active on it. He was really interested in the musicians that were on the site. It was a small, closely based community, and when we had a picnic in Central Park, he sent someone to film it. I did a version of ‘Moonage Daydream’ for him which he later posted on Bowienet.”

Earlier this decade, while on the road with the troupe of Les Miserables (Chris did some work with the cast and his wife was in the show), Chris began recording what became Death and Texas LP. “I used my Apple Pro-Tools rig,” he informs, “and I recorded the whole thing in the various hotel rooms we stayed in.”

The songs on the album are a breakthrough for Chris in that the results are more uniquely his own. “Hey Now Now,” for example, takes an almost tribal beat and combines it with a Britpop vocal – an ingenious combination of musical flavors that seemingly no one other than Chris would even think of trying. Memorably melodic, the song draws upon psychedelia, folk and rock to create music that is undeniably modern but draws upon a beloved rock tradition.

With Death and Texas LP currently on iTunes and getting positive notices from sites like RadioIndy.com, Chris is working on expanding his following in his area. “I’m shopping my music to film and TV and I’m working on children’s material – I find myself writing a lot of kids songs these days.” He continues, “But it took a long time to make the new album. It’s unique, it’s mine, and I want to get it out there.” And it is the uniqueness of “Huffmusic” that liberates the listener from the mundane constraints of most artists and communicates that Chris Huff is a singular artist making exceptional music. - Ben Lazar