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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 6/25 – Chris Long / The Close
June 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Singer-songwriter Chris Long, music is an adventure that keeps getting better and better. He grew up with a father who was a musician, and learned to play guitar at age 12. Since then, the adventure’s just kept going. Chris Long writes and performs music from the Heartland, Roots Rock & Americana genres.
Chris played in two bands with his father in the late 90s and early 2000s. They played together in the bands Sloe Ginn and Stonewall Gray. Since then, he’s moved away from performing with a group to focus on a career as a solo singer-songwriter. He has performed across the US and internationally, including performances at Nashville’s famed Bluebird Cafe and The Commodore. Chris has graced the stages of Dollywood’s famed DreamMore Resort, Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse and the infamous WDVX “Blue Plate Special” along with radio & television appearances.
Chris’s music blends Americana and rock to create a rough yet classic sound. His focus is on telling stories of everyday life and the world around him through his songs. He’s heavily influenced by Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. The sounds of classic rock come through in his music. He’s also a history teacher, something that’s had a strong impact on his songwriting. He says, “For me, music has to mean something. I love songs that speak about life and the world we live in. That’s the music that tells our story. That’s the music we carry with us throughout life.”
Indie Americana band, The Close, is a harmony-focused band comprised of multiple writers. Lori J Rowton, James Mckinney and Shannon Walker are a collective of introspective lyricists who pen genre-blending melodies wrapped in stellar harmonies. The Close first grabbed the attention of audiences with their EP release, Hello Heart, in 2019, and absolutely shine in a live setting, where they are as dynamic as they are intimate in their connection with their listeners.
They blur the lines between Americana/Contemporary Folk/Indie Rock and Country with a commercial Pop sensibility. The full band is rounded out by Kenny Sayne on lead guitar, Cary Stone, on acoustic lead and rhythmn, Dylan Stansberry on drums and Mikel Urdy on percussion.