Born and raised in Northeastern PA, Chris began playing music initially as a drummer, he learned his craft on Friday and Saturday nights in the hard nosed, coal region pubs scattered throughout once vibrant towns, abandoned anthracite breakers haunting their outskirts. The bar stools were mostly occupied by tough, working class people, known for their blunt honesty but good intent. It’s that “hardness with a big heart” attitude that Chris would later carry into his songwriting. His teens and early 20’s were spent playing alongside his father and older brother, traveling with other regional acts, culminating with a stint drumming for Vince Welnick of The Tubes and The Grateful Dead.
In the early 2000’s, Chris transitioned to writing and joined The Rustlanders, as a drummer and contributing songwriter. The Rustlanders released their self titled debut album in 2007 and toured nationally with grammy award winning artist Ryan Bingham for two years. The band’s second album, recorded in LA’s famed East West Studios produced by Don Was, remains unreleased. Unable to reconcile a management contract, The Rustlanders broke up beneath financial and internal strain. In the wake of this disappointment came a collaboration with cult favorite and critically acclaimed band, Marah. This new, folkier version of Marah with Chris contributing drums, guitar, and vocals, released Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania, recorded in an old church turned analog studio. Rolling Stone magazine listed the new line up in it’s “20 Best” of Nashville’s Americana 2014 Music Fest calling it their best “You can’t believe your eyes moment”. Months of strenuous touring ended with playing Spain’s prestigious Azkena Rock Festival. Upon returning home, eager to break from his role of sideman, Chris began focusing on songwriting and putting his own band together.