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Chris Staples

Chris Staples recorded his latest album, Holy Moly, in his garage late at night all throughout 2018. About this period in his life, he writes, "I quit drinking in 2018 and it sort of re-sensitized me to life. It reminded me of being a teenager. I used to write lots of songs and poems as a kid. It was how I coped. In my thirties, drinking sort of kept me from having to be inquisitive. Writing wasn't as important. Since I quit drinking my evenings are full of thoughts and questions. Writing became more frequent and automatic as I engaged with ideas in this way. There's a popular notion in the arts that alcohol makes you creative, but I've found the opposite to be true. Being sober put me back in touch with a creative energy that I’d been hiding from for a long time.

"I would work on [Holy Moly] for a few months and walk away. I did this several times. Every time I came back I would have a fresh perspective and find that some of the songs were great and some of them I never wanted to hear again. I would pick the best songs of each two month period and eventually I had a record. Holy Moly, as an expression, communicates a sort of disbelief. I feel like I see and hear a lot of things these days that I can barely believe. I find myself saying Holy Moly often."

Chris Staples tour

Catch Chris Staples live on his Living Room show tour this fall! Find tickets for all dates here. 19 Sep 2019

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upcoming shows

23 Oct  

Durham NC  @ Living Room Show 

24 Oct  

Asheville NC  @ Living Room Show 

25 Oct  

Nashville TN  @ Living Room Show 

26 Oct  

Owensboro KY  @ Daviess County Public Library 

27 Oct  

St Louis MO  @ Living Room Show 

29 Oct  

Kansas City MO  @ Living Room Show 

30 Oct  

Fayetteville AR  @ Living Room Show 

1 Nov  

Birmingham AL  @ Living Room Show 

5 Nov  

Pensacola FL  @ Living Room Show 

6 Nov  

Jacksonville OR  @ Living Room Show