The music Chris Baron creates is freefall americana folk. He travels solo with a kick drum and guitar, or with an accompanist if the timing is right...
As of January 2019, a new music video is out.
The songs are lively and raw, from wineries to brewpubs to singer-songwriter showcases. The studio sessions are layered, creative, and self-produced.
In addition to past collaborations with cool bands, there are
five solo albums:
Searchlights In Mexico (2008) ;
Light Up The Sky (2014) ;
Habits (2019) ;
Don't Keep, Pass On (2021) ;
Chris has been touring behind the Habits and Relics songs since mid-2018, often with multi-instrumentalist songmaster Megan Cronin. He also plays with The AO; Paul Prato (borrowed from iconic Portland band Tin Silver); Leo Aguirre (from
The Tummybuckles); and of course, with The Baron Ward.
Chris, what are your favorite bands to listen to at the moment?
Punch Brothers. Avett Brothers. Tk & the Holy Know-Nothings. Floater.
Pacific NW songwriter Dan Weber says "...Chris' live show exudes the
wonderment and enthusiasm of an artist drawing an authentic
connection with his audience...feeding off that raw live energy...he
rocks out and storytells the way Wilco and The Avett Brothers have so
Austin songwriter and family man Jake Riggs declares "...It's not hard
to tell that Baron was born to perform. From the solemn to the goofy,
sentimental to grateful, his mannerisms and charisma effortlessly
transition between the songs and the mood of the room. 'How can
Chris be in all moods at all times?' you have asked many times. It took
thousands of hours of stage time, thousands of gallons of beer and
more heartbreak than the average human can endure. So go see Chris
Baron live. He'll be the long-haired, tall approachable guy holding the
guitar...and chances are he'll be smiling..."
The soundman at Tumbleweed Music Festival in 2019 clearly said "...I've been doing this for 17 years, and that was the best live set I've seen."
"...His mind was freshly inclined toward sorrow; toward the fact that the world was full of sorrow; that everyone labored under some burden of sorrow; that all were suffering; that whatever way one took in this world, one must try to remember that all were suffering (none content; all wronged, neglected, overlooked, misunderstood), and therefore one must do what one could to lighten the load of those with whom one came into contact; that his current state of sorrow was not uniquely his, not at all, but, rather, its like had been felt, would yet be felt, by scores of others, in all times, in every time, and must not be prolonged or exaggerated, because, in this state, he could be of no help to anyone and, given that his position in the world situated him to be either of great help or great harm, it would not do to stay low, if he could help it..."
- Hans Vollman, via George Saunders, 2017