Chris Silver plays roots music, but it doesn't stop there. Chris' music is transcendent and his originals travel a huge landscape of experience and place. He has created a new sound with traditional roots music at the core. As a musical risk taker, his focus has been on his original sound, adding layers not usually found in traditional music providing a rich texture to his music including slide guitar and intricate global rhythms. Chris is as comfortable with his Vintage Martin D-18 as he is with his Fender Tele. His eclectic approach in playing his original acoustic, blues, folk and jam band music has shaped Silver's songs to the point that they could be compared to Ry Cooder's early '70s work. In a given set, you are as likely to hear a song by Lowell George, The Meters, Bill Monroe, and of course, his own compositions. Chris spent five years touring with the acclaimed bluegrass band Stoney Lonesome, and when Kate MacKenzie left the band in 1994, she asked Chris to tour with her. Chris and Kate toured coast-to-coast for three years playing major festivals including The World Expo in Japan, The Strawberry Music Festival in California, The Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival, and numerous appearances on National Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion. One thing is for sure, his energy is infectious and he'll leave you wanting more.
Chris currently plays solo, duo, trio and bluegrass quartet formats:
-Chris and Ari Silver
-The Good Intentions (bluegrass)
-The Woolly Buggers (old-time string band)