Chris Milam

Chris Milam

 Conway, Arkansas, USA
BandPopRock

A prodigiously talented songwriter, Chris Milam follows Ryan Adams, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and even Bob Dylan in the long tradition of classic American pop songwriters. Milam blends blues, rock, and pop influences with his own lyrical voice to create the song-canon of a new generation.

Biography

JUST SOME OF THE PRESS FOR THE TIN ANGEL EP:

Expertly crafteda fresh new voice.
--Music City Unsigned

Reminiscent of Paul SimonIve got a feeling about this kid.
--Listen! Nashville

His skill as a songwriter surpasses many artists twice his age.
--Hardcore Troubadours

One of the South's most promising songwriters."
--Vanderbilt Hustler

"Milam's creative melodies and smart lyrics won't keep him underground for long..."
--CDBaby.com

For any fan singer/songwriters, Chris Milam might surprise you. First, hes young, and looks even younger. Hes no solo acoustic balladeer. He rarely sings in falsetto. His love is not unrequited. His hearts not broken, and his souls not shattered. He sings to the crowd, not into his guitar.

Rather than following the trends of his contemporaries, Milams prodigious talents place him in the longer tradition of classic American songwriters like Ryan Adams, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and even Bob Dylan. Armed with a backing band and a sharp lyrical wit, hes more comfortable within the confines of a timeless pop song, or a raucous blues riff, than a finger-picked ballad.

In the summer of 2005, Milam released Leaving Tennessee, an alt-country record that earned him a regional fan-base and a wave of critical acclaim. The records hit single, Whenever It Rains, showed Chriss already immense talent for pop song-craft and poetic lyricism. In 2006, Chris hit the road, touring the Southeast, Midwest, and east coast in promotion of his debut album.

Now, in his sophomore effort, Milam has blazed a brand new trail for contemporary singer/songwriters. The Tin Angel EP is a triumph of pop song-craft, big-band energy, and Milams trademark ear for melody. From the opening horn line of On My Way, to the final note of Dont Give Up On Me Now, the entire record is infused with contagious energy and infectious pop sensibility.

His songs are at once fresh but familiar, contemporary yet universal; the kind that keep you company on a cross-country drive, or backdrop a late summer barbeque; the kind that fill you with the expectant energy of Saturday night, or the sun-lit calm of a Sunday morning; these are the songs that remind you where youve been, and give you a glimpse of where youre going.

Lyrics

On My Way

Written By: Chris Milam

On My Way

Sixteen, attitude
Mama’s eyes, daddy’s blues
Long hair, made up eyes
Gonna fall in love tonight

Downhill, up the stairs
She don’t mind, he don’t care
Wide eyes, low light
Gonna fall in love tonight
Oh…

Get down singing my song
Keep on rollin all night long
Oh no, what do you do
If it don’t feel like it used to
Get mine, pleasing myself
Doin my thing like nobody else
Oh, I’m on my way

Young man, south of main
Got no job, got no name
High hopes, half a tank
Little bit a money left in the bank
Heads out, way out west
Got a dream like the rest

Wide eyes, city lights
Gonna fall in love tonight

Get down singing my song
Keep on rollin all night long
Oh no, what do you do
If it don’t feel like it used to
Get mine, pleasing myself
Doin my thing like nobody else
Oh, I’m on my way

Hey, girl in another world, in a drug store magazine
Is that dream everything that you thought that it would be?
If I’m wrong or if I’m right
Then I will, then I might
LA, NYC, I’m down here in Tennessee

Get down singing my song
Keep on rollin all night long
Oh no, what do you do
If it don’t feel like it used to
Get mine, pleasing myself
Doin my thing like nobody else
Oh, I’m on my way

Only One

Written By: Chris Milam

Only One

I was dead, left alone
Now I’m back, here at home

Summer night, summer moon
Come on girl, come on soon
I don’t need anyone
Only one

I was done, beaten down
Til you came, back around

Take my heart, or give it back
Somehow I got off track
I don’t need anyone
Only one

Take a chance on me tonight
I swear that I will make it right
When everything is said and done
You’ve always been the only one

Tin Angel

Written By: Chris Milam

Tin Angel

The streetlight sends a broken stream of light
And in this car there’s no more sleep tonight
Through the wind a voice is whispering low
Baby, I won’t ever let you go

White light spills across a tangled sheet
And clouds the space where dreams and nightmares meet
White noise rises from a ragged floor
And boots cast shortened shadows ‘neath the door
Baby I won’t ever let you go
Baby I won’t ever let you go
Asleep or awake, noon or night, through every wordless, wasted fight
Baby I won’t ever let you gos

A reoccurring midnight splits in two
And every blackened road leads back to you
Inside those walls an angel made of tin
Waits silently to wake and break again
Baby I won’t ever let you go
Baby I won’t ever let you go
Asleep or awake, noon or night, through every single wrong I write
Baby I won’t ever let you go

Shine

Written By: Chris Milam

It’s just about midnight
I’m here in the dim light
Writing, with nothing to say

I wish that you’d call, babe
Or climb off that wall, babe
Come home, and take this away

I’m playing this game
A dime to my name
I know that I’m falling behind

Past sinks behind me
Future looks blinding
Waiting for a light to call mine

Baby, don’t you wanna shine just a little light
Come on, shine just a little light
Come on and shine just a little light
Into my life

It’s five in the morning
A new day is dawning
To light up the love that I’ve shone

You get what you give
And that’s how I live
I figure that’s why I’m alone

Baby, don’t you wanna shine just a little light
Come on, shine just a little light
Come on and shine just a little light
Into my life

Back when we were young, life had just begun,
Nothing I could reach for was far
But the years have come unwound, I’m still on the ground,
Looking and praying for a star, and you are

Baby, don’t you wanna shine just a little light
Come on, shine just a little light
Come on and shine just a little light
Into my life

Don't Give Up On Me Now

Written By: Chris Milam

Well I fell in love with a pretty face
A long, long time ago
She smiled at me just like in some old song

My head started pounding like a Fender bass
My heart kicked like a drum
The band picked up and, Lord, I sang along

Don’t give up on me now
Don’t give up on me now
Don’t give up on me now,
We’ll get through it somehow,
Don’t give up on me now

Later on at the high school dance
I asked to hold her hand
She took my arm instead and led me away

She rocked and rolled without romance
And when the dancing stopped
She held me close and, Lord, I heard her say

Don’t give up on me now
Don’t give up on me now
Don’t give up on me now,
We’ll get through it somehow,
Don’t give up on me now

You know I want you to stay (baby, come on)
The night’s young anyway (baby, come on)
This song’s for me and you (baby, come on)
Can’t you hear it too?

By the time that the lights came on
My love had gone away
I laid still and silent like the moon

The cymbals crashed, the voices rang
My heart skipped out of time
Waiting on some old familiar tune

Don’t give up on me now
Don’t give up on me now
Don’t give up on me now,
We’ll get through it somehow,
Don’t give up on me now

Discography

Tin Angel EP, October 2008
Featuring the single, "On My Way"

Leaving Tennessee, LP, 2005
Featuring the single, "Whenever It Rains"

Set List

Songs in a given setlist may include:

From Tin Angel EP:
Tin Angel
Shine
Don't Give Up On Me Now
On My Way
Only One

From Leaving Tennessee:
Whenever It Rains
Memphis Queen

Unreleased Songs:
She Changes with the Breeze
Nightshift Town
Matchstick Blues
Talkin' Divinity Blues
Come On
Alcohol
Maria, Maria
Edge of the World
Leave Behind Your Name
A Song I Used to Know

Covers include:
Leonard Cohen - Chelsea Hotel
Bob Dylan - It Takes s Lot to Laugh...
Paul Simon - Boy in the Bubble
Martha & the Vandellas - Nowhere to Run
The Band - Don't Do It
The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love
Big Star - Thirteen