Chris began playing bass at the age of 10. A close family friend and his parents teamed up to get his first bass (a Fender Precision bass which was customized and airbrushed for him by another family friend, guitarist Hughie Thomasson of The Outlaws/Lynyrd Skynyrd) and amp for Christmas which started it all. Chris spent countless hours playing along side his closest friends Chris Macock (also of The Inversion Circus) and Jesse Frank to develop the style and sound he has today. He took beginner lessons early on with Jesse's father, a local music teacher, John Frank, but was primarily self taught. Never satisfied, Chris has taken on the student role under retired Berklee professor Joe Macaro to further his education in all things bass and music. To date, Chris has played in bands such as Tomorrows Past, Frank 'n' Davison, Industry Standerd, Zaritza, The Inversion Circus, and American Road as many more as well as session work. The flood gates seem to be opening on his career, so be on the look out for appearances on several upcoming records and shows for various artists as we head into 2020!
Early in the year I joined the country rock group American Road. Currently, we are writing a new album to be released in 2020. I am also working with The Inversion Circus on finishing up a new album to be released in 2020 as well.
2) What is your musical background and influences?
My background started with country and southern rock at an early age but quickly grew into all sorts of genres including jazz/fusion, metal, gospel, blues, etc. I have also had the privilege of studying under retired Berklee bass professor Joe Macaro which has really opened up my playing and theory, especially in regards to jazz. Influences include all the country and southern rock greats, Victor Wooten, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Anthony Jackson, and many more.
3) What is the role of education in music?
I feel that you simply can't learn enough. Education is a fantastic thing to grow as a musician. However, I also feel education needs to be applied correctly so as to allow your personality and individualism to shine through. There are enough musical robots out there.. be yourself above all.
4) How do you feel about the current ‘state of the music industry’?
Honestly, I feel it is headed in a pretty bad direction. No one wants to pay for anything, but also expect new music and content constantly to maintain their attention. Plus I feel that the real talents in music are going unnoticed as pop culture dictates what people SHOULD be listening to because some record exec said so.. Hopefully the masses will get wise and start to search out lesser known music and discover the true talents of today, which in my opinion are at a level like never before!
5) Why do you use Rockready straps?
As a six string player, my basses tend to be heavy and I often have to play for hours at a time. Rockready straps have really helped my shoulder stay in the game with no problems at all! And the cases have been all over the country with me without a single flaw. I absolutely love all my Rockready gear.