There are no casual Chris Staples fans. The man inspires devotion. The turnaround from casual listener to evangelist is nearly instantaneous. Play his music during a road trip with friends and inevitably someone will ask, "Who is this?" And a lifelong fan is born. Such is the unaffected power of these songs, of this voice. Chris Staples fandom is rewarding and lasting (despite his understated approach to promoting his own work, which as it should be with all artists seems secondary to the effort he puts into the making of it). We follow where he leads, and our numbers are growing.
Chris Staples performs "Silent Night" for NPR Music! 22 Dec 2014
Chris Staples just finished up a tour with Manchester Orchestra and along the way he stopped by the NPR Music office to perform a stripped down version of "Silent Night" for the NPR Music staff.
It comes hot on the heels of Robin Hilton from the NPR Music team naming Chris Staples' Barsuk debut American Soft as one of his top albums of 2014, saying:
"If albums are friends, then 'American Soft' by Chris Staples was my closest confidant in 2014. No other record set off the waterworks in me like this one did... These are the kinds of songs and reflections that make you feel nothing but gratitude for every precious moment of your miraculous little life. Just a perfectly composed album of remarkable beauty."
If you're in Seattle, don't miss Chris Staples' last show of 2014 at The Sunset Tavern on Saturday, December 27th!