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
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
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 all but one of Anthem’s twelve songs, with one being penned by his late uncle, Ron Davies (writer of David Bowie’s “It Ain’t Easy”). click to purchase...
Lights! Camera! Anthem?
Chris will be making his acting debut in a new Screen Gems movie entitled Love Don't Let Me Down. Written and directed by Shana Feste and produced by Tobey Maguire, the picture stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Garrett Hedlund, Tim McGraw & Leighton Meester. Chris has written two songs for the flim soundtrack, Fun Town and Old Souls Like You and Me (taken from his new album).
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.
Visit the Bob Harris website.
Read Alan Cackett's review of Anthem in the September issue of 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