When New Orleans native and Louisiana National Guardsman Chris Watts was shot in the Super Dome during Hurricane Katrina duty, he thought he’d never return to The Crescent City. Now his own brand of Deep South Americana music has transplanted him from The Big Easy to Music City, USA, drawing comparisons to Jason Isbell, Rodney Crowell, and Steve Earle along the way.
“Without the darkness I doubt we’d see the stars,” Watts said.
Watts took a touring hiatus in early 2015 when his wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. He used the time off to write, produce, and record his new EP THE GOD'S OWN TRUTH at East Nashville’s Best Friend Studio with engineer Stephen Allbritton. Southern-fried in sincerity and grit, THE GOD’S OWN TRUTH serves up songs of addiction, small-town confinement, and life on the road, garnished with glimpses of shimmering hope. Oh, and there’s a Katrina song!
Watts has shared his Deep South Americana on some of the most prominent stages across the southeastern United States including the Key West Songwriter’s Festival, House of Blues New Orleans, The Howlin’ Wolf, Nashville’s historic Exit/In, City Winery, the world-famous listening room Bluebird Cafe, and a year-long residency at Tin Roof on Music City’s illustrious Broadway Ave.
He’s opened for internationally touring acts ranging from Sammy Kershaw to Gin Blossoms, Third Eye Blind, and Snoop Dogg, and was named “Artist of the Month” by Puresouthernrock.com. His music has appeared on radio stations across the southeastern United States, including the acclaimed WWOZ New Orleans, WSM Nashville (home of the Grand Ole Opry), and internet radio stations worldwide.
THE GOD’S OWN TRUTH and his debut album CENLA are available everywhere music is sold.