* Winner of the 2017 Kerrville New Folk Competition *
"Moyse offers up some surprising rhymes which separate me from my own expectations, allowing a clear window into his perspective. Warm, with a tinge of regret, his lyrics are mature and sparkling with nostalgia... His truth is all of our truths." - Flour Sack Cape
Chris Moyse’s new album, Bad Parts EP, is the culmination of his first few years since moving to Nashville. Poignant and diverse, his characters tell the stories of leaving home to find a new life, finding love and losing it, and the common thread of struggling to grow into oneself. It’s both highly personal and relatable. You often times feel like his lyrics are telling your own story.
At times raw and stripped down, the Bad Parts EP doesn’t sound like someone trying to make an Americana album. It doesn’t force itself to be anything in order to fit into a specific genre. Moyse combines the sounds of classic singer-songwriters like Neil Young and Steve Earle with modern folk-rock influences of The Wood Brothers and The Avett Brothers. The record is both musically and sonically dynamic, having been engineered and co-produced by Nashville’s eclectic Randall Kent (Matt Hires, POPFILTER). “I really didn’t even intend to make this record,” says Moyse. “I always loved writing and performing. Fortunately I had a handful of people pushing me to get some recordings done after a little while. Once I put a band together and found a producer I went all in and never thought twice about it. I wish I had done it sooner because I’m really proud of it.”
"I really didn't even intend to make this record.. fortunately I had
a handful of people pushing me. Once I put a band together and
found a producer I went all in and never thought twice about it.."
Moyse grew up playing bars in the Rockwell-esque towns of New England but says he feels more at home in Nashville. “It’s that weird thing where I was stuck in limbo there for a bit when I moved down here. I hadn’t been exposed to the South and I had to get used to even just how friendly people are. But the culture, the sounds of the city and the people and the food and the music, really seeped into my bones and grabbed a hold of me. I think a lot of that comes through in my music now.”
Songs like the opening track “Angeline” invoke this idea through a wiser-than-her-years teenager who finds herself taking care of her younger siblings and despondent mother after her father leaves them - but she has bigger dreams of moving to the west coast and becoming an actress. Or the more personal and moving “Highs and Lows”, which recounts a long night spent reflecting on a relationship that dissolved because of religious differences. Starting out with a lightly-plucked acoustic guitar and hushed vocals, the song opens up into a swelling string arrangement anchored by Moyse’s guitar and Kent’s piano.
"I hadn't been exposed to the South.. the culture,
the sounds and the people and the food and the music,
really seeped into my bones and grabbed a hold of me.
I think a lot of that comes through in my music now."
As far as what’s next for Chris Moyse … “Shows. And more shows. There’s a lot of talk about not spreading yourself too thin and only doing a gig a month and that sort of thing.. I think at a certain point that may be realistic for me, but right now I just want to be writing songs, trying them out on stage, and getting better and getting the band tighter.” You can see him with his band or playing solo in Nashville, or catch him on tour in 2017. Check out his “Bad Parts EP” on Spotify, iTunes, or through his website.