His music was once labeled American folk music. Today, if you had to describe the music of Southern California-based singer/songwriter, Chris Huff, go with Americana. Rodney Crowell said the defining characteristic of Americana music is that the practitioners are poets, the likes of Guy Clark, Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt. Chris’ music follows in the footsteps of these Texas luminaries. Stir into that mix a little Butch Hancock and John Prine, and you begin to get a feel for the kind of acoustic music Chris plays. As he said on the liner notes of his first record, “…these songs play best on rainy nights.”
“He puts in some good acoustic guitar; his voice is warm and powerful…”
John Conquest, Music City (Austin) News
“It’s a really good album.”
Ranger Rita, Music Director, KNON 89.3, Dallas, Texas
“I started writing poetry as a teenager, trying to emulate Dylan every step of the way. I talked my parents into buying me a guitar and then promptly learned how not to play it. I picked it up, put it down, picked it up, put it down. That pretty much covers the ensuing couple of decades as far as my progress on the guitar went. I bought a D-28 in the mid-seventies and learned to finger pick out of shame for not being able to play an expensive guitar better than I did.”
Chris played a few gigs in Southern California before moving to Galveston, Texas in 1980 and then to Austin in 1982. Out of work, and pretty much broke (don’t ask about the Tele that went for food and rent), he woodshedded and wrote the songs that became the framework of his first record, " ‘Bout Time."
“Playing in the bars and beer joints in Austin turned out to be a heck of an internship; I had the opportunity to do music with some really talented people.”
Chris was selected twice to play in the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Concerts. He played on the same bill with Shake Russell, Junior Brown, B.W. Stevenson, Butch Hancock, Gary P. Nunn, Blaze Foley, Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, Michelle Shocked, Lonnie Mack, and Townes Van Zandt. His album," ‘Bout Time", made it to number nine on the “Top New Albums” list for Waxahachie, Texas, radio station, KBEC 1390.
And then he walked away. “Other things seemed to take priority over music, and my guitars, for the most part, sat in their cases in the corner of the bedroom. Seeing my kids playing music in public rekindled the flame. Funny how things go.”
In the coming months, Chris will be headed to the studio to record his second record.