Chris Scruggs

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Chris Scruggs
Chris Scruggs and Michael Nesmith.jpg
Chris Scruggs (left) performing with Michael Nesmith, 2013
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Alan Scruggs
Born(1982-12-16) December 16, 1982 (age 30)
GenresCountry, folk
OccupationsMusician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, steel guitar, mandolin, violin
LabelsCogent Records
Associated actsMichael Nesmith, She & Him, M. Ward
Websitewww.chrisscruggs.com
 
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Chris Scruggs
Chris Scruggs and Michael Nesmith.jpg
Chris Scruggs (left) performing with Michael Nesmith, 2013
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Alan Scruggs
Born(1982-12-16) December 16, 1982 (age 30)
GenresCountry, folk
OccupationsMusician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, steel guitar, mandolin, violin
LabelsCogent Records
Associated actsMichael Nesmith, She & Him, M. Ward
Websitewww.chrisscruggs.com

Chris Scruggs (born December 16, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who plays a variety of string instruments, including the guitar, the mandolin, the violin, the bass, and the steel guitar. He is most often stylized with his thick-framed black glasses. He is the only child of singer Gail Davies and songwriter Gary Scruggs. Born Christopher Alan Davies-Scruggs in 1982, Scruggs is rooted within a musical family. His maternal grandfather is the late country singer Tex Dickerson and his paternal grandfather is bluegrass banjo player Earl Scruggs, [1] although he only met Earl Scruggs for the first time in January 2010.[2]

Scruggs joined the country band BR549 in 2003 playing guitar and serving as the co-lead singer. While in the band, he wrote and performed the title track of their 2004 release, Tangled In The Pines. Scruggs remained in BR549 until 2005 when he left the band to pursue a solo career. Scruggs released his first solo album in 2009 on Cogent Records. Entitled Anthem, this album was produced by himself and has 12 songs, 11 of which are written by Scruggs,[3] with one song being written by his uncle, Ron Davies, best known for having penned "It Ain't Easy" for David Bowie.

In March 2013, Scruggs toured with Michael Nesmith (without The Monkees) for a 17-city tour. Scruggs played lead guitar and steel guitar, replacing the late O.J. “Red” Rhodes of the First National Band.[4] In addition to the Nesmith tour, Scruggs toured with Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward in 2013 with their group She & Him. As a master steel guitarist, Scruggs plays without the use of pedals.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McLain, Buzz, "Chris Scruggs, Picking Out The High Notes", Washington Post, April 4, 2005
  2. ^ England, Eric, "Chris Scruggs - The Duke of Music City", Nashville Scene, March 4, 2010.
  3. ^ Wilkinson, Allan, "Album Review: Chris Scruggs - Anthem", Northern Sky News, September 26, 2009
  4. ^ Marinucci, Steve, "Exclusive interview: Monkee Michael Nesmith heading out on solo tour", Examiner.com, March 8, 2013
  5. ^ Threlkeld, Brian, "Chris Scruggs", American Songwriter, May 1, 2009

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