Monday, March 24, 2014
Chris Mills Gets Intimate: His Sunday Night Living Room Show
Singer/songwriter Chris Mills supplies the best soundtrack for the ups and downs of life. The Chicago Tribune calls Chris "a trenchant troubadour... his scorched, yearning voice is a memorable instrument, landing somewhere between the Replacements' Paul Westerberg and proto-punk folkie Jonathan Richman." Chris is also an old pal from my Northwestern dorm, and has been touring across the globe since the moment he got out of school in the mid-90s. I remember seeing him perform several times back then in Chicago, but it had been several years since I last caught one of his shows here in Los Angeles. That's why I made sure to grab a ticket to an intimate living room show he put on Sunday night at a house in La Canada Flintridge. The audience was kept to less than 30 people -- many of whom were also old Northwestern friends -- and the mood was casual and fun as Chris and his band (which in L.A. includes Los Angeles Times TV critic Robert Lloyd) went through tracks from his new CD. Chris also went solo for several acoustic numbers.
It's not too late to see Chris on this leg of his tour; he and the band are performing tonight, 7 p.m. at Genghis Cohen on Fairfax. Tix are just $10!
Chris' new CD, "Alexandria," is out now. Listen to the track "Castaways" below.