Chris Vallillo

Chris Vallillo

 Macomb, Illinois, USA
SoloFolkAcoustic

Vallillo is a nationally acclaimed folksinger songwriter who makes America come to life in song. Using six-string, bottleneck slide guitars,jews-harp hammer dulcimer, Vallillo weaves songs narratives into an entertaining portrait of the history lifestyles of the Mississippi River Valley.

Biography

"ABRAHAM LINCOLN IN SONG" HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY THE NATIONAL ABRAHAM LINCOLN BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION AND THE COMMISSIONS OF ILLINOIS, KENTUCKY AND PENNSLYVANIA.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN IN SONG:

One Man Show Tells Lincolns Story Through Music

On February the 12th, 1809, Abraham Lincoln came into this world in a dirt floored log cabin on the Big South Fork of Nolans Creek in Kentucky says folksinger Chris Vallillo as he launches into the combination of
narrative, storytelling and music that make up his one man show Abraham Lincoln in Song. Vallillo, a former archaeologist turned musician and folklorist, created the show using period music that was directly associated with Lincoln as the vehicle to tell the story of our 16th Presidents life and times.

With Abraham Lincoln in Song, Vallillo combines Lincolns own words and stories with period folk songs and contemporary folk music to shed light on one of our nations most beloved historical figures -- not only as a
remarkable leader, but as a man who knew and loved this very music himself. Skillfully presenting both well known and obscure songs from Lincolns time, Vallillo tells Lincolns story -- from his birth in Kentucky through his death in 1865 at the hand of John Wilkes Booth. From an old jews-harp tune Lincoln used to play as a circuit riding lawyer, to political songs like Lincoln and Liberty, to the moving civil war song We Are Coming Father Abraam Vallillos show lets the music to tell the tale in a way that words alone cant match.

Extensively researched and historically accurate, both the live show and compact disc recording of Abraham Lincoln in Song have been endorsed by the National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the Commissions of Illinois, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. When released last year, the CD of music from the show hit #10 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album Charts.

Vallillo himself is a performer with an affinity for American roots music and a gift for translating historic topics into modern day understanding without losing the bedrock from which they surface. A former archaeologist turned folksinger/songwriter, he is a skilled six-string and bottleneck slide guitarist whose love of the past evolved into a love for old music.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museums Phil Funkenbusch notes, With Abraham Lincoln in Song, Chris Vallillo takes the audience on a musical journey, making history come alive with his excellent blending of music and storytelling. He grabbed hold of the museum visitors here, establishing excellent rapport with the audience with this thoughtful, humorous and moving show."

Vallillo has performed Abraham Lincoln in Song at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library, The Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum, the Abraham Lincoln Home National Historic Site, President Lincolns Cottage in Washington DC and theaters, museums and historic sites around the country to celebrate the bicentennial of Lincolns birth.

Hear the entire Abraham Lincoln in Song CD at http://www.ginridge.com/grammy/

www.lincolninsong.com * 309-833-4838 * vallillo@macomb.com

CHRIS VALLILLO: NOTABLES:

2013: Scored and recorded music for the film, The Old State Capital, Witness to History.

2013: Produced the Double Live CD set of the Midwest Folklife Festival for the Illinois Arts Council.

2010: Presenter at the Smithsonian Institution's conference on Traveling Exhibits, Performance Rights Issues in a Museum Context.

2009-20011, 2006-2008: Two time Illinois StateScholar for the SmithsonianInstitution's travelingexhibition on Roots Music, NewHarmonies.

2008: The audio CD Abraham Lincoln in Song reaches #10 on Billboards Bluegrass Album Chart.

2008: Abraham Lincoln in Song receives the endorsement of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, as well as that of the Illinois, Kentucky and Pennsylvania Bicentennial Commissions. The show will go on to be performed at The Abraham Lincoln and Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museums, The Lincoln Home National Historic site, The Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum, President Lincolns Cottage, and hundreds of sites across the country.

2008: Keynote Speaker, Conference of the Midwest Open Air Museum Coordinating Council, Using Music in

Discography

Hear the entire Abraham Lincoln in Song CD at http://www.ginridge.com/grammy/ and sounds clips for all of Chris's in print recordings at his web site www.chrisvallillo.com.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN IN SONG 2008

Battle Cry Of Freedom
Shawneetown
El-A-Noy
Lorena
Lincoln's Funeral Train
We Are Coming Father Abra'am
Hard times come Again No More
Dixie's Land
Aura Lee
Hoosen Johnny
Darling Nelly Grey
Lincoln And Liberty
Let the Band Play Dixie

ADDITIONAL RECORDINGS FROM CHRIS VALLILLO:

THE DANCE

2005, “The Dance” features Chris Vallillo on acoustic guitars, bottleneck slide and vocals and includes seven original songs and instrumentals along with four contemporary folk songs and an old Stephen Foster tune just to keep things interesting.

AURAL TRADITIONS 2001

"Now that's real music!"
- Old Man, Hannibal Folklife Festival, Hannibal MO

The late 1800's and the early 1900's were a time of growth and prosperity for the Midwest. With the introduction of radio, musical styles merged and grew replacing the old with astounding speed. AURAL TRADITIONS captures that time presenting a slice of the musical pie that entertained, enlivened and strengthened the people of the rural Midwest between the 1860's and the 1930's.

1. Life’s Railway to Heaven
2. Traveling Blues
3. Bayou Sarah
4. Shady Grove
5. Midnight On the Water
6. Darlin’ Pal Of Mine
7. When Katie Comes Down By the Gate
8. Sittin On Top of The World
9. Keep On the Sunnyside of Life
10. Ragtime Annie
11. Glendy Burke
12. The Sinking of the Titanic
13. Golden Slippers
14. I’ll Fly Away

THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS 1995

"This is a Classic of the Genre."
- Kerrville Kronikles

"Vivid, original story songs... delivered in his crisp, expressive tenor... accompanied on this fine recording by some of Nashville's best."
- Dirty Linen

Co-produced with Grammy nominee Rich Adler at Suite 2000 in Nashville, The Best Of All Possible Worlds features some of the best acoustic players in the business: Folks like the late Roy Huskey Jr. on bass, Kenny Malone on drums, Andrea Zohn on fiddle, Deanie Richardson on mandolin, David Schnaufer on dulcimer, Ron Ickes on dobro and Jim Hoke on harmonica.

THE WESTERN ILLINOIS RAG 1986

"It is a beautiful recording and will be enjoyed by all those, like me, that enjoy evocations of rural America so well done."
- Peter O'Brian
Omaha Rainbow, Surrey, England

Ten original songs comprising a portrait of rural America in words and music. Recorded at the University of Illinois Historic Experimental Music Studio, this fine recording features the fiddle playing of the then teenaged Olympian fiddler Alison Krauss.

Set List

Abraham Lincoln in Song is a live one man show that features carefully researched and historically accurate period music directly associated with Lincoln (including songs he knew and loved), and stories Lincoln himself told in order to bring Lincoln’s life and times to audiences in an entertaining, yet educational new way.