The music Chris Baron creates is americana rock, and is like a freefall once he starts. He travels solo with a kick drum and guitar and some pedals, or with an accompanist if the timing is right...
The songs are fun and funky, and back when it was all legal, appearances at wineries and brewpubs and singer-songwriter showcases...there have been reports of great nights.
In addition to past collaborations with cool pacific northwest bands, there are
five solo albums, four of which can be searched out:
Searchlights In Mexico (2008) ;
Light Up The Sky (2014) ;
Habits (2019) ;
Don't Keep, Pass On (2021) ;
A brand new band was being put together just as Quarantine struck. 2Q2Q.
Chris, what are your favorite bands to listen to in and immediately post-quarantine?
Punch Brothers. Shane Brown. Tk & the Holy Know-Nothings. Dave Matthews.
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 once yelled "...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 was clearly overheard saying "...I've been doing this for 17 years, and that was the best live set I've seen."
Hans Vollman, via George Saunders in 2017:
"...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..."