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When central Louisiana native Chris Watts was shot in the Louisiana Superdome during National Guard duty for Hurricane Katrina, he thought he’d never return to the Big Easy. Now his own brand of “Crescent City Country” music has taken him from New Orleans to Music City, USA.
On September 10, 2013, Watts independently released his debut album CENLA and funded it through a successful Kickstarter campaign. CENLA was recorded at Fudge Recording Studio in New Orleans, LA, by Grammy/Emmy winning producer Jack Miele (Zac Brown Band, Ani DiFranco, Cee Lo Green). 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.
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 world-famous WWOZ 90.7 New Orleans.
Watts recently relocated to Nashville, TN, and is proud to call it home. He currently tours in support of his album and will enter the studio in spring 2015 to record his sophomore effort THE GOD'S OWN TRUTH. His debut album CENLA is available for digital download on iTunes and Amazon. For CD copies and more information visit www.ChrisWattsBand.com.