Chris Chandler
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Chris Chandler

Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
Band Folk Spoken Word


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"what other people are saying"

"Great Work, Ever Thought Of Trying It In Calypso?" - Allen Ginsberg

"I thought I was the last American weirdo then I met Chris Chandler." - Mojo Nixon

"He is the best performance poet I have ever seen." - Utah Phillips

"Chris Chandler reminds me of my own self way back when -
listen to him Now!" - Tom Paxton

"The spirit of Woody Guthrie lives in the heart of
Chris Chandler." - Peter Yarrow (of Peter Paul and Mary)

"We are going to hear a whole lot more from this Watergate Generation guy. I wish I would happen upon him singing in the subway." - Pete Seeger

"Having Chris Chandler open a show is like having Roberto Clemente be your bat boy." - Dan Bern

"Funnier than Hell!!" - NW Passage

"This is not your father's folk music." - Performing Songwriter

"This guy has a lot to say... but not on my beat." - Officer J. Truitts, New Orleans Police Department.

"Though there are only two on stage you'll swear there is a whole troupe of actors, dancers, acrobats, mimes and musicians!" - People's Weekly World - various


American Storyteller Vols III & IV - 2007

Several cuts Available at www.myspace/chrischandlerorg

American Storyteller the DVD - 2006

American Storyteller Vols I & II - 2005

If I had any Hits These Would be the Greatest - 2004

Live From The Wholly Stolen Empire - 2003

Flying Poetry Circus - 2002

Posthumously Live - 2000

Hell Toupee - 1999

Collaborations - 1998

Convenience Store Torubadours - 1997

Protection From All This Saftey - 1996

Generica - 1995

As Seen on No TV - 1992



This is a highly unique act. Has been for years.

Often utilizing the talents of any number of sidemen, Chris Chandler, a dynamic street preacher and poet, weaves intricate tales of history and poetry while video projections illustrating their tales of a world gone mad flash on a screen behind him.

�This man is dangerous.� The Washington Post

Born in Georgia, the son of a Baptist minister, Chris Chandler found his own way of spreading "The Word." He takes the pulse of America, and then with equal parts acidic irony and utopian idealism, casts his prognosis to audiences at the rate of up to 250 shows per year, from folk festivals and coffeehouses, to clubs and theaters from Vancouver Island, British Columbia to Miami, Florida, from California to the New England coast, from the headwaters to the Mississippi Gulf.

He has recorded collaborations with PeterYarrow of Peter Paul and Mary, The Austin Lounge Lizards, Dar Williams and many others. He has worked live with Alan Ginsberg, Ani Difranco, Pete Seeger and Mojo Nixon and played on two Lollapalooza tours.. Utah Phillips said, "He is the best performance poet I have ever seen."

Part preacher, poet, huckster, wandering minstrel and medicine show barker, Chandler casts a spell over an audience.

Chandler is a tireless activist, performing at the G8 Summit, the Annual School Of The America's Watch outside Fort Benning GA, and the September 23 antiwar demonstrations on the National Mall in Washington, DC as well as countless labor picket lines and union halls.

The 2005 release, American Storyteller Vols 1&2 and the 2007 release of Vols 3&4, marks Chandler's coming of age.

Years of relentless touring, honing his craft as a writer, performer, musician, collaborator and artist pay off with the release of this enhanced double disc collection of prose, poems, and stories, old and new. The recording is a departure from his previous output, which reflected the raw enthusiasm of his live performances.