I saw Chris Canterbury play for the first time at a local writer’s round in Nashville called Revival 615. Chris helps run this event every Tuesday at the Tin Roof on Demonbreun Street. I was lucky because this was one of my first writer’s rounds after moving to Nashville, and it set the bar so high for all the other live music venues in town. Nobody tells you this before moving to Nashville, but there’s a lot of BS in the music scene here. There are a lot of people who just want to be famous and don’t focus on the art of the music. Also, a lot of people who only write songs about girls in bikinis and drinking beer. It can get exhausting listening to the local music scene night after night, but artists like Chris Canterbury are a refreshing exception.
Chris’ second full length album “Refinery Town” is an introspective narrative on what it was like to grow up in rural Louisiana. My favorite song on the album, “Silvertone” is a story-song about his grandfather working at a gas plant. He is an emblematic figure that shares the fears of many blue-collar workers who live paycheck to paycheck. The type of work where you could lose your jobs at any time. His grandfather gets his first union bonus and after buying his grandmother a dress, buys himself a cheap 1967 Silvertone guitar. Chris remembers growing up around the guitar and remembers putting a crack in it by accident. He paints a picture of their relationship through singing about this instrument and using it as a metaphor of his grandfather. Chris shares the life lessons his grandfather taught him like, “you can’t worry ‘bout the things that ain’t worth worrying about”. The tune is also one of two tracks on the album that rising country star Brent Cobb sings harmonies on.
When you listen to country music radio, you don’t hear music like any of the tracks on “Refinery Town”. Americana powerhouse Jason Isbell tweeted on July 18th, “… country radio matters less and less as time goes by.” There’s a quiet revolution of good songwriting in Nashville right now. Chris Canterbury is part of it. You can see him perform almost every Tuesday at Tin Roof Revival and check his social media for additional show dates.
To learn more about Chris, visit his website https://www.chriscanterburymusic.net/
by; Sam Rochford