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 and Steve Earle along the way.
Watts has shared his Deep South Americana on some of the most prominent stages across the country 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 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 country, including the acclaimed WWOZ New Orleans, WSM Nashville (home of the Grand Ole Opry), and internet radio stations worldwide.
The Revue named his debut EP The God’s Own Truth in its “Best of 2016” list. Watts is currently working on his debut solo album and is proud to call East Nashville home. The God’s Own Truth is available everywhere music is sold.
“Honest American roots music in the same vein as singer-songwriters such as Rodney Crowell, Chris Knight, and contemporary Ward Davis.” — No Depression
“He’s a throwback in some ways musically, but THE GOD’S OWN TRUTH represents a man moving forward and an artist who shows great promise.” — The Revue
“Chris Watts is a rising star in Country Music” — Shreveport Times
“It’s no easy task to get away from the cutesy, front porch players that ride the waves of the Americana trend. Chris Watts has the constitution, however, to handle a harsh diet of topics while balancing the good and the bad.” — The Rowdy
“Watts sings in the title track ‘I may never be Bob Dylan,’ but he has a knack for melody, lyrics, and truth that shows promise a an artist coming into his own.” — The Daily Country
“Chris’ songwriting is so personal and engulfing that it’s almost impossible to not find yourself entrenched in his storytelling from the first listen. With a voice so natural and believable, anything he sings will be eternally his. ” — Grammy/Emmy-winning producer Jack Miele
“People crave genuine. People crave authentic. Chris effortlessly merges his truths into story-like songs that speak on topics relatable to any listener of any age. ” — Livewell's Latest