“Without the darkness I doubt you’d see the stars,” says East Nashville songwriter Chris Watts. From suffering a gunshot wound as a Louisiana National Guardsman on Hurricane Katrina duty to cutting his teeth at the raucous honky-tonks of Music City’s Broadway Ave., the Louisiana native has certainly seen both.
Watts incorporates this bent-but-not-broken ethos into his own brand of Deep South Americana music. Southern-fried in hardship and hope, Watts sets equal parts country, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll to the backdrop of the swampy Louisiana backroads he grew up on. The end result hits the palate like a cold mint julep on a sticky day: earthy, fun, and bittersweet.
Watts has shared his Deep South Americana on prominent stages across the country, including Asheville’s Isis Theater, the Key West Songwriter’s Festival, House of Blues New Orleans, AMA Americanafest in Nashville, Music City’s historic Exit/In, City Winery, and the world-famous listening room Bluebird Café. He’s opened for internationally touring acts ranging from Sammy Kershaw to Snoop Dogg, and his songs have appeared on some of America’s most acclaimed terrestrial radio stations, including WWOZ New Orleans and WSM Nashville, home of the Grand Ole Opry.
His debut EP ‘The God’s Own Truth’ was named “Best of 2016” (The Revue). He will release the rock guitar-driven ‘American Kind,’ the first single from his debut full-length solo album, in early 2018. “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 as an artist coming into his own.” (No Depression). Learn more at www.deepsouthamericana.com.
“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