Welcome to Chris Scruggs' official website

It's hard to put a label on a multi-talented artist like Chris Scruggs. The Washington Post aptly described him as "Part John Lennon pop and part Milton Brown western swing with a bit of White Stripes edginess."

Anthem, the new release from Chris Scruggs combines modern and traditional styles into a diverse, yet cohesive collection of twelve soon to be classics. From the tom-tom stadium shaker "Josephine" and the elevating "Sing Your Tune" to the longing of "Change Your Made Up Mind," Anthem is a record that insists on hope.

Shades of the British Invasion march over soundscapes one would usually find in southern dance halls as vibes, guitars and fiddles weave through the stitching of a beautifully conceived record. This effortless eclecticism is to be expected from a musician with Chris Scruggs' reputation. Having recorded in the past with a wide array of artists, including M. Ward, Ray Price, Neko Case, George Jones, Andrew Bird, Charlie Louvin and Elvis Costello, the story of Chris Scruggs is... read on

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Check out Chris Scruggs' new CD on Cogent Records

Produced by Chris Scruggs and recorded at Tucson, Arizona’s Wavelab Studio by indie rock savant, Craig Schumacher, Anthem challenges the limitations of “roots” music while planting its rockier side in a firm traditional footing. Showcasing the songwriting abilities and musical prowess of a multi-talented performer who has recorded with artists including M. Ward, Amy LeVere, Hank 3, Justin Townes Earle, Ray Price and Charlie Louvin, Scruggs (a former frontman for alt. country torchbearers, BR549) has produced an album that redefines the boundaries between rock and country with the same freedom of expression as Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline. Featuring brilliant performances from Howe Gelb (Giant Sand), Nick Luca and Paul Niehaus (Calexico), Don Herron and Harvey Brooks (Bob Dylan), BR549 and an Everlyesque duet with Kelly Hogan. Scruggs wrote eleven of the twelve songs on Anthem, with one being penned by his late uncle, Ron Davies (the writer of “It Ain’t Easy” for David Bowie) entitled The Open Road The Open Sky. click here to purchase...

Lights! Camera! Anthem?

Chris will be making his acting debut in a new Screen Gems movie entitled Country Strong. Written and directed by Shana Feste and produced by Tobey Maguire, this picture stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Garrett Hedlund, Tim McGraw & Leighton Meester.

Listen to Chris Scruggs on the Bob Harris Show

Chris was recently in London taping an interview for BBC Radio 2. The show is scheduled to air on April 25.
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Read Alan Cackett's review of Anthem in Maverick Magazine

"...although some quite superb albums have come my way so far, this is without a doubt the best of the lot and unlikely to be equalled this year - or maybe even in the foreseeable future.... read on...

Read Craig Baguley's interview with Chris in Country Music People

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