Hey folks….here’s a synopsis of my musical story. 

I was born Chris Haddox in Logan, WV in 1960.   My first exposure to the type of music I would eventually come around to write and play came from my dad. He was always singing songs that seemed strange to me…turns out they were old folk songs he had heard growing up in rural WV in the 30’s.   My other early musical influence was my dad’s older brother—my uncle Jim—a fantastic country blues singer and picker.  My first formal music lessons came on the piano at age 6 and I continued those until age 18.  I wrote my first song in the second grade—stealing a few lines from a poem that a fellow classmate wrote about missing his father.   As a teen I was influenced by John Prine, Neil Young, John Denver, Kenny Rankin and folks like that...whatever my older sister was listening to.

 

During my first year of college I met a guy who played the Dobro and who introduced me to the music of Tony Rice, Norman Blake, Clarence White, and other great guitar pickers.   For the next several years I devoted most of my musical time to bluegrass flatpicking...never attaining guitar whiz status, but doing ok with it.  A few years later in graduate school I happened upon an album of recordings by the Delmore Brothers from the late 20s and early 30s….my life was forever changed by that music--the lyrics, the singing, and the picking.  I quit college and moved to Nashville—determined to make a life as a songwriter. 

 

Well…that didn’t quite pan out as expected, despite three healthy stints in Music City.  I left Nashville for the last time in the late 80s and have continued to write/perform original songs in the folk/traditional/oldtime, and country veins.   Like most writers, I try to find new ways to address old topics…some songs are funny, some sad, some sarcastic but they are all honest…even the ones that are full of lies. 

 

If any of this strikes your fancy, give a shout and hire me for your house concert, party, or as an act at your public venue.  I'm pretty sure you'll be satisfied with the move.   

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