The music he creates is americana freefall folk…X-factor swagger. He travels solo with a kick drum and guitar, or with an accompanist if the timing is right.
All about habits. As of January 2019, a new music video is out.
The songs regard a variety of Life-in-the-USA things, some of import, most with an emphasis on lively and fun. For those happy enough to hear it. The studio sessions are layered, creative, and compellingly self-produced. The live performance, especially solo, is the charm.
In addition to past collaborations with cool bands, there are four solo albums:
Searchlights In Mexico (2008) ;
Light Up The Sky (2014) ;
The 2019 album focuses on hard-helpin' lyrics from a hard-pickin' troubadour. Portland band the Avett Others has been backing him up at a few local shows. Paul Prato (from iconic Portland band Tin Silver) has been bringing some original jazzy bass as of fall 2018. Leo Aguirre (from The Tummybuckles) has been bringing some Rockin drums. Chris really likes performing with
Punch Brothers. Avett Brothers. Tk & the Holy Know-Nothings. Floater.
Portland 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..."