"He writes lyrics with the earthy grace of Merle Haggard... He's a country songwriter swimming against the prevalent Nashville current of pop country to return to the deep waters of songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle.
A substantial and soulful songwriter of the highest degree, and a deeply emotive singer, Mr. Lockett is making deeply satisfying music, the kind of music that keeps you going even through the toughest of times." Paul Zollo, American Songwriter magazine, February 2013
Christopher Lockett is a Los Angeles based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose sound lives somewhere between Americana, Folk and Country music... with some African influence.
He was born and raised in the American South, having lived in Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia before settling in California. A cinematographer by day and restless soul by nature, he has travelled widely in the developing world. Rhythms from Africa, Haiti and Guatemala have made their way into his music alongside up-holler melodies from the Appalachian hills and the enormous silence of the open American West.
A former journalist, his songs are often carefully observed slices of life, crafted with the sturdy poetry of simply paying attention in a distracted world. His low, intimate baritone is as likely to lodge in your chest as it is your head.
Lockett has little patience with genre conventions and confinements. He loves living in a world where he can hear civil rights icon Odetta sing a cowboy song (When I Was A Cowboy with its chorus of "Come-a-cow-cow-yippy, -a-cow-cow-yippy-yippy-yea" backed by congas no less), and reggae stalwarts Toots and The Maytals can cover a John Denver song (Take Me Home Country Roads). Miles Davis can cover Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time, Ladysmith Black Manbazo can join Paul Simon singing about Graceland and Willie Nelson can make a Reggae album... makes for a much more interesting world.
Big ol' Virginian wearing a cowboy hat rockin' a Kalimba backed by djembe to a crowd of Californians one minute, singing a song calling out to the lonesome ghosts of Hank Williams, Jack Kerouac and John Steinbeck the next? Cranked up to rock 'n roll volume in a live set? Yes. Whatever label you want to hang on it., yes. That. Exactly.
On this sophomore album, Lockett is joined by a wonderful cast of musicians, many returning from his first album: Mona Tavakoli (Jason Mraz, Raining Jane) is once again on djembe, cajon and percussion and brought Raining Jane's bass player Becky Gebhardt with her this time. Vocalist Natalie Myers (The Amberolas) joins the party and new collaborator Marc Doten (Double Naught Spy Car) handles Hammond B3. Session veteran Craig Ferguson (Cliff Wagner and the Old No. 7, Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band) returns on pedal and lap steel. Voyce McGinley III (Kitaro, Stevie Wonder), returns on djembe and percussion. Frequent collaborator Shaun Paul Gordon is on acoustic and electric guitar and old friend Sean Gould plays mandolin. New friends Edie Murphy (Dime Box Band and pretty much every Americana band in LA) and Gee Rabe (Lisa Haley & The Zydecats, Haberdashery Ensemble) play some fine fiddle and accordion, respectively. Irina Bjorklund returns to play that uniquely eerie musical saw of her.