chris falson

Singer-Songwriter, Story Teller, Teacher, Author, Composer

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Swiss Tour- December 2016

I am on tour right now with Sandra Stephens and the Small Town Boys… in Switzerland. Its a tough life but someone’s got to live it.

This little video is from this the House Concert from earlier this week in the charming (300 year old) House of Schramm in the village of Bürglen. About 60 people joined us for a lovely evening of music, story telling, Glue Vine & Risotto.

Here are the upcoming dates and events… (more to be added soon)

Saturday, 10.12. Richbee’s Whiskey & Wine Weinfelden 17.00-19.00

Sunday, 11.12. Giessenpark Weinfelden Church-Service 10.00

Monday, 12.12. Christmas-Party Fontis, Basel 16.00


Tuesday, 13.12. Fontis-Book-Store Wil, 16.00-17.30
Tuesday, 13.12. Christmas-Dinner Gebr. Spiegel, Out of Bounds Kreuzlingen 20.00-22.00 h

Thursday, 15.12. Fontis-Book-Store Winterthur, 17.00

Saturday, 17.12. Fontis-Book-Store Aarau, 13.00-14.30

Sunday, 18.12. Church Bürglen with the Local Gospel Choir

Friday, 06.01. Rest. Pöstli, Bischofszell

Gospel Supper Club…by the Sea

Hey there friends, fans and family.

Sandra-band-colorEarlier this century, as some of you know, we began to experiment with what we loosely called  ‘Church in a Bar’. Through trial and error we discovered that when we shared our art, our music, our story telling and our table, we were able to connect and celebrate life with just about everyone.

We are taking this ‘show’ on the road under the banner of Party For The Soul and our next event is on July 22nd in Dana Point, CA at the Breakwater (Aventura) Sailing Club.

Think of of it, if you will, as a relaxed Gospel Supper Club by the sea.

I will be performing with Linda McCrary Fisher (Stevie Wonder, Andre Crouch),  Sandra Stephens, John Schreiner (Chaka Kahn) plus a whole bunch of other special guests. We’ll be doing songs from our new album (and albums past), as well as our favorites songs from the likes of Andre Crouch, Van Morrison, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone and others.

AND…Tom Clark is producing a live art show… on stage with the band.

Purchase Early Bird Tickets Online for $30 each or buy 2 for $50. (Tickets at the door will be $35.00 each or 2 for $60.00)

The ticket price includes appetizers, a gourmet supper, Wine Tasting from Watts Winery, a complimentary Signature cocktail, one of the best ocean views on the west coast and all the music and art you can ‘soak up’ in one evening. Doors open at 5 pm… (for the sunset & happy hour)… Music will start to flow around 7pm.
A Full Cash Bar will be available, including discounted wines from Watts Winery.

The Cigar Bar opens @ 8.30 on the ‘Catalina Terrace’.
For more information or to purchase tickets, click the Buy Tickets button below.

Buy tickets for Party For The Soul

A Party For The Soul

Party For Your Soul: July 22nd, Dana Point Harbor

We are throwing what we call Party For The Soul in Dana Point, right on the harbor at the Breakwater Events (Sailing Club) with live music (Rhythm Gospel & Blues), a live art performance, wine tasting, a cigar bar, a sumptuous supper and a Full Bar on show.

For this party by the sea, I am inviting some of my favorite gospel musicians and singers  including Linda McCrary Fisher (Stevie Wonder, Andre Crouch),  Sandra Stephens, John Schreiner (Chaka Kahn) plus a whole bunch of other special guests. We’ll be performing songs from our new album as well as our favorites songs from the likes of Andre Crouch, Van Morrison, Marvin Gaye and Nina Simone.

Tom Clark is producing a live art show… on stage with the band.

This will be some party.
The ticket price includes appetizers, a gourmet supper, Wine Tasting from Watts Winery, a complimentary Signature cocktail, one of the best ocean views on the west coast and all the music and art you can ‘soak up’ in one evening. Doors open at 5 pm… (for the sunset & happy hour)… Music will start to flow around 7pm.

Purchase Early Bird Tickets Online for $30 or buy 2 for $50. (Tickets at the door will be $35.00 each or 2 for $60.00)

For more information or to purchase tickets, click the Buy Tickets button below.

Buy tickets for Party For The Soul

 

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

I originally wrote this for a friend who was ‘having a terrible time of it’.

But the song has since become a story for many.

For all those who feel too old, too young, too skinny or fat, not smart enough, unloved or not ‘special’, that you have wasted your life and or that your best days are behind you.

The Universe says otherwise…

Shine: Featuring the beautiful Sandra Stephens and Rhythm Gospel & Blues.

Big Bash at Byron-Ballina

Hey there all you guys and gals in northern NSW and south Queensland. We (me, David Raven and Isaac Frankham) are doing a little tour… a mixture of Pubs and Worship events.
Hope to see your lovely faces at some of these events.
Thursday 26th Feb Hotel Brunswick (with Dan Hannaford)
Friday 27th Feb The Rails Byron Bay (with Dan Hannaford)
Saturday 28th Feb Kingscliff Hotel (with Dan Hannaford)
Sunday 1st March 10.30 am… morning service at C3 Ballina.
Sunday 1st March pm… Mango Tree Sessions.

Wednesday March 4th, Ballina C3… 7pm…open worship event
Saturday March 7th, Grafton Racetrack Blues and Brews (with Dan Hannaford)
Sunday March 8th 10.30 am, Ballina C3

We’ll be playing music like this… (David Raven-Drums and Vocals)

And a lot of this…

And a bit of this…


More info to follow.
Cheers.
Chris

Breezin

I not only listened to Breezin by George Benson a ‘million times’ as a teenager I also learned all of the guitar solos and rhythm parts off by heart. His music was a bridge  between the Jazz of my father and the rock-fusion music I favored at the time… like Jeff Beck and Cream. And though I developed into more of a Rhythm and Blues/Folk guitar player… sometimes the George Benson licks just pop out.

In my early twenties I played in a band covering many of these tunes and for the most part I played Rhythm guitar… which I grew to enjoy… and on moving to LA some years later… this ability and or love for playing the Rhythm parts (and to have all the sounds and set-ups) put me in good stead and subsequently I found plenty of work touring and recording as the rhythm guitarist.

But thanks must go to Phil Upchurch, the rhythm guitar player for GB (and Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Donny Hathaway). He inspired me to find the groove laid down by the drums and bass.

Several years ago I met him at a party and I was able to tell him some of my journey and, how much of an influence he had been over my playing.  He was so tickled pink, he let me sit at his table and buy him drinks (he was that kind of guy)… and for several hours we chatted about his playing days, our favorite albums and guitar players, guitars, amps and guitar stuff in general. Good times.

 

I’m All Shook Up

“… A wife of one of one the Church leaders accused me of carrying the spirit of Elvis”

Well Amen to that sister!

 

No matter how much of a ‘person of the world’ we may consider ourselves to be, we all live in some kind of bubble or shelter and thus carry our ‘self-made’ ghost fears of being corrupted by those living outside of our little havens of respectability.

strider_by_detkef-d5rqb1jIt would seem to be that I am often the intruder from the dark side, venturing into the hobbit villages of ‘Churchedom’… I am perhaps like Strider... feared by the Orc’s and “Don’t let me be misunderstood’ by the folk in the shire.

On one adventure I was invited to Christchurch for a weeks training of the musicians and singers (of a local Church) who would, if all went well, accompany me in concert on the Sunday. 

Sometimes these creative workshops can be most fulfilling, especially when the ‘students’ have a mind to learn something new or a willingness take a few creative risks. This was a bit like the Curate’s egg… good in parts. The established crew were a tad set in their ways and too ‘churchy’ for my rock ‘n’ roll ears…and I spent more time with the youngins, the fresh recruits, the ‘rough around the edges’ lot and by the end of the week we were ready… to Rock the joint. more to see over here →

Riot in Cell Block # 9

Our live performance in a prison caused such a ruckus that there were fears that we… and me in particular, would have to spend the night behind bars. 

Well it happened like this: We were on tour in Europe, performing mostly in bars and Churches with an upcoming concert event in a minimum security prison in the north east of Switzerland. The tour had received several good reviews and one in particular had caught the eye of the Prison Warden. And the news that we were some kind of Gospel Blues band gave this gentleman cause for alarm. more to see over here →

From Here to Eternity?

One night at the What Club? in LA, a noted post punk icon (I shall honor his desire for privacy) had made it known that he would be visiting our party that night. The gentleman from London (you will never guess who he is so stop trying) was heavily into the occult, in particular white witchcraft and, most probably totally unaware that he would be attending a little ‘Church in a bar event’ in LA that evening.  more to see over here →

The Gift of Inclusion (Part 2)

A few years ago a small tribe of us wanted to reach out to people who felt excluded (for one reason or another) by the Church… and so we created, what some people called a ‘Church in a Bar’.

After much experimenting… or trial and error, we came up with a model that suited our characters, personalities, skills, gifts, shared vision and the perceived need before us… which was to throw a party once a week (sometimes twice) and invite people to come share a meal, a bit of music, some poetry, story telling and good old fashion banter. We would provide all the food (3 course meal), wine, music and an incredible venue, a shared live-work space (decorated and loved by James Alexander Langteaux) in an industrial part of LA. This phenomenon became known as ‘The What Club?’ more to see over here →

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