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Chris Volpe is an American songwriter, singer, guitarist, and recording artist. After backpacking around Europe, Volpe spent a year honing his songwriting in the New York City subways and in clubs like the Sidewalk Cafe, before hopping a one way cross country train to San Diego, CA. Eventually landing in San Francisco, he recorded 15 songs in 3 hours, after winning studio time at an open mic contest. The album, Refugee Blues, won numerous world wide contests, including Singer Songwriter Album of the Year at the Independent Music Awards in 2006, and London's "We are Listening" Singer/Songwriter Award. Several avenues opened up, and Volpe followed one to Nashville, TN.
After moving to Nashville in 2007 to explore the country songwriting world, Volpe quickly changed course and found inspiration in the embedded bluegrass world and burgeoning indie rock scene. Volpe has shared the stage with the likes of Jakob Dylan, Gillian Welch, Levon Helm, Del McCoury, Conor Oberst, and Steve Earle, and has recorded, performed, and collaborated with many other legendary instrumentalists and songwriters. He has appeared at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Louisville’s Forecastle Festival, and WSM’s Bluegrass Underground series, as well as a performance during the inaugural season of Nashville's popular Music City Roots series.
His most recent album Shipwrecked!, a commanding folk- meets-50s-Blue-Note collection of recorded songs, is according to Volpe "an experiment with the finest sounds human beings can make". On the record, Volpe worked with Bob Dylan’s band mate Donnie Herron, legendary percussionist Kenny Malone (Johnny Cash, Tom Waits), 3-time Grammy winning jazz musician Jeff Coffin (Flecktones, Dave Matthews), and bassist/cellist Bryn Davies (Patti Griffin, Tony Rice). In addition, the performances were recorded by acclaimed bluegrass engineer Phil Harris, who received Grammy praise for his work on Doc Watson's Grammy Winning instrumental album in 2006. Drawing on Bluegrass, Early Jazz, and folk traditions, Shipwrecked! has been lauded by Nashville's finest musicians and critics worldwide as a tremendous achievement, and "a breakthrough in American music".
Late in 2010, Volpe relocated back to northeast Ohio to begin working on a new recording project. Shortly after his return, he signed a recording contract with local indie label Abydos Records (Richmond Hts.) and recorded a couple dozen demos in the summer of 2011. Volpe then recruited Alex DePue (fiddle) and Bill Sanders (cajon) to perform 14 of the songs as a live trio at the Abydos studios, which will be released as an album in 2012.