Chris Boone is a versatile, engaging, professional singer-songwriter playing traditional and contemporary favorites. Chris Boone always plays to the room to guarantee an appropriate performance whether it be for background music or artist spotlight. With 5 albums released and a vast collection of cover songs Chris is sure to be a hit at your event!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 300 minutes
Insurance: $25,000 - Music Pro Insurance
What to Expect
Chris Boone is a punctual, polite and engaging professional musician. Chris is use to performing about 150 music shows a year, he knows how to read the crowd and perform at an appropriate audio level. Open to requests from classic to contemporary hits Chris is sure to please the audience.
Blending a songwriting influence from a lifetime of worldwide travel and musical influences, Chris Boone creates a musical expression driven to inspire and intrigue with an eclectic blend of unique compositions, a philosophically minimalist approach, and an emphasis on a quality delivery.
Chris Boone began playing piano at the age of six in the home of his aunt and uncle, tucked away deep in the woods of Ware Shoals, SC. Chris Boone and his family moved to Belgium, and then France, this move in the 1970’s helped shape him into the artist he is today; Late nights in social settings with music from the jukebox and the occasional piano in the corner begging to be played imprinted an irresistible passion for music.
Upon returning to the U.S., Chris studied piano under the tutelage of Peter Plum, he also was admitted to the piano program at Converse Pre-College, but time and age influenced him to move from classical piano to the synthesizer and electronic keyboard, playing with local bands in the upstate region of South Carolina.
After his South Carolina days, Chris Boone moved to New York, NY and performed as the front man for the punk band The Subvertables. After a short studio demo, the band broke up, and Chris moved to LA. Shaped by influences of Bob Dylan, Paul Westerberg, Bob Mould, Vic Chestnut, and Paul Weller, he began to alter his musical interest to singer/songwriter with the guitar as his primary instrument.
Upon returning to NYC, Chris Boone recorded his first ten-song EP, Trailer Park Friendly, and found himself billed as the opener for Jewel at the Ludlow Street Cafe for an Atlantic Records showcase. Quick to move around, Chris Boone headed to San Francisco, CA for a short stint of music collaboration with local artists. Upon return to South Carolina in 1997, he headed bands such as Teahead Joyride and The Drive, while at the same time playing coffee shops simply as ‘boone’.
In 2004, Chris Boone returned to Charleston, SC and met Phil White, a music graduate of the College of Charleston and co-founder of the New Music Collective who recorded and produced his second EP, Partly Monday … in 2005. In 2007, Phil White again recorded and produced Chris Boone’s second album, Cabin Fever. In 2006 Chris and his family moved to Portland, OR, where, in 2009, Frank Alva produced and recorded his third album Once From Memory. In 2010 Chris Boone and Jon Lumus completed a full length album ‘Push’ under the project name of ‘Great Migration’ which was recorded at Type Foundry studios in Portland, OR.
2014 ‘Whiskey Truth & Lies’ was recorded and mastered at Awendaw Green by Nat Lundy. After two and half years of playing mostly local and occasionally regional shows Chris Boone recorded ‘Capture My Apathy’ at Fairweather Studio in Charleston, SC. The amazing people who were dedicated to Chris Boone’s album ‘Capture My Apathy’ are: Ben Thomas (guitar/organ/vocals), Jonathan Gray (Upright Bass), Omar Colon (Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Engineer, Website Savior).
Additional Booking Notes
Chris Boone is available for literally every music scenario, his sound equipment and lights can be tailored to any event. Music specs are: 2 QSC K-12 series main speakers, 1 QSC K2-8 monitor, Sure Beta and SM 58s, 1967 retro reissue Martin d35 (Acoustic/Electric), 2005 Guild GAD 50-E (Acoustic/Electric), 1991 Gibson Les Paul Studio (Electric), 1976 Gibson Maurader (Electric), Lee Oskar Harmonicas (Official Sponsorship), Yamaha P85 electric piano, Yamaha MG124cx Mixer, mounted and rack lights.
A Boy Named Sue
All Along The Watchtower
Ball and Chain
Blowin' In The Wind
Blue Skies (Tom Waits)
Don't Think Twice It's Alright
Empty (Ray Lamontagne)
Father And Son
Fire On The Mountain
Friend Of The Devil
Guns In My Head (Strumbellas)
Heart Of Gold
Head Full Of Doubt
Hey Hey, My My
Jolene (Ray Lamontagne)
Lay Lady Lay
Let Her Go (Passenger)
Look At Miss Ohio (Gillian Welch)
Lukiest Man (Wood Brothers)
Needle And The Damage Done
No Woman No Cry
Quinn The Eskimo
Riders On The Storm
Riptide (Vance Joy)
Ring Of Fire
Rivers And Roads (The Head and The Heart)
Shelter From The Storm
Shout Out Loud (Amos Lee)
Slow It Down (Lumineers)
Tangled Up In Blue
Under The Milky Way (The Church)
Walk On The Wild Side
The Weight Of Lies (Avett Brothers)
Where Is My Mind
You Don't Know How It Feels
...Plus 5 Albums of Original music ((link hidden))
Influences & Inspiration
Chris Boone's music influence range drastically but here are just a few: Bach, Mozart, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, John Prine, Neil Young, Avett Brothers, Ray Lamontagne, Wilco/Jeff Tweety, Husker Du/Bob Mould, Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, Lumineers, The Band, Band of Horses, REM, The Smiths, Bob Marley, Nina Simone, Sharon Jones, Broken Social Scene, Built to Spill, Tchaikovsky, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Horse Feathers, Bon Iver, Sigur Ros, and Thelonious Monk.
2 QSC K-12 series main speakers, 1 QSC K2-8 monitor, Sure Beta and SM 58s, 1967 retro reissue Martin d35 (Acoustic/Electric), 2005 Guild GAD 50-E (Acoustic/Electric), 1991 Gibson Les Paul Studio (Electric), 1976 Gibson Maurader (Electric), Lee Oskar Harmo
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