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When central Louisiana native Chris Watts was shot in the Superdome during National Guard duty for Hurricane Katrina, he thought he’d never return to New Orleans. Now his “Crescent City Country” is taking the world of country music like a category five.
On September 10, 2013, Watts independently released his debut album CENLA. CENLA was recorded at Fudge Recording Studio in New Orleans, LA, by Grammy/Emmy winning producer Jack Miele (Zac Brown Band) and funded through Watts’ successful Kickstarter campaign.
Small towns ain’t just tailgates and ice-cold beer!
Southern-fried in sincerity and grit, CENLA blends boot stompin’ country rock with small-town tales of beauty and heartache a la Steve Earle and Robert Earl Keen. Whether it’s the Bonnie and Clyde police chase in the outlaw anthem “Cenla” or the soldier who never returned in “Fireworks Over Buhlow,” CENLA gives listeners the honesty they’ve been deprived of by many of today’s country albums.
Since graduating from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA, with degrees in Journalism and Political Science in 2010, Watts has spread his “Crescent City Country” across festivals and famous venues like House of Blues NOLA and The Howlin’ Wolf throughout the southeastern United States. He has opened for internationally touring acts from country star Sammy Kershaw to rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg, and was named “Artist of the Month” by PureSouthernRock.com. His music has appeared on radio stations across Louisiana, including 99X Shreveport, LA 103.5 Alexandria, and New Orleans’ own WWOZ 90.7.
Watts recently relocated to Nashville, TN, and is proud to call it home. He currently tours in support of his new album throughout Nashville and New Orleans. CENLA is available for digital download on iTunes and Amazon. For CD copies and more information visit www.ChrisWattsBand.com.