Chris Huff

Chris Huff
Chris Huff is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer specializing in hooky retro pop songs that combine different genres. His latest CD Death and Texas garnered excellent reviews and attention from websites like OurStage.com where Hey Now Now placed at #8 in the Jam Bands category for June 2008.
The CD was recorded while Chris was traveling around the US and Canada freelancing with a Broadway tour. He produced several projects for members of the company, most notably for Broadway singer Randal Keith (Les Misèrables, Phantom, Spamalot).

Other projects include his first CD North Cathedral Way which led to being a Finalist in the 2001 Independent Music Awards sponsored by Musician's Atlas. He also co-wrote liner notes for David Bowie's live and well CD (Chris's contribution is the first thing you see inside the cover). Bowie, who "quite liked" North Cathedral Way, sent a film crew to shoot a live performance of Chris in Central Park and featured video clips on davidbowie.com of Chris playing Moonage Daydream among other select Bowie songs.

Chris has opened for Hamell On Trial, Brooks Williams, Stanley Jordan, and played The Killing Moon live with Echo & The Bunnymen. He has also worked as a sideman with Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul, and Mary), Amanda Green (lyricist of Bway's High Fidelity), and Chuck Hammer (Lou Reed, David Bowie, TV/film composer).

How do you describe your music to people, Chris?
I sound like a David Bowie/Bob Dylan/Steve Winwood hybrid jamming in Jamaica

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
Well, I hurt my finger in a bicycle accident when I was 12 and started playing my grandma's guitar that summer.   I learned "Lola" and "The Boxer" and before I knew it, only 17 years later I was playing at Carnegie Hall.  I also took piano lessons, jazz bass lessons, tae kwon do lessons, and tennis lessons.  But I quit the tae kwon do after the teacher knocked the wind out of me by kicking me in the solar plexus. 

Robyn Hitchcock really turned me on to the craft of songwriting.  Through him I really focused on the greatness of Dylan, Lennon, Beefheart, symbolist poetry, and undulating tropical fish.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Not worry about where the next dollar is coming from

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Where is the next dollar coming from?

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Age 3:   President
Age 4:   Batman
Age 7:   Brain Surgeon
Age 10:  Mystery novel writer
Age 12:  Actor and/or musician

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I think I will always be a New York artist in many ways;  I lived there for such a long time - the shadows of Gotham haunt my dreams....the way that different cultures co-exist in NYC is similar to the way different musical forms co-exist in me head.

What other artists out there do you love?
My "big 5" influences are Dylan, Bowie, Tom Waits, Robyn Hitchcock, and Lou Reed.

Honorable mention to Morrissey/Smiths, Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, and the fabulous Beatles.

Hot new finds for me (not new to the world) are Manu Chao, Buddy Guy, Spacemen 3, Phish, and Bob Marley

Music is awesome.

What does your future hold?
I hope to stay positive, improve the neighborhood, keep a clean head, and always carry a lightbulb.


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Catch Chris Huff at www.huffmusic.comReverbNation, and huffmusic.blogspot.com.  He also just started an online guitar course for beginners that you can find at www.guitarin5minutes.com!