Chris J Arellano
Chris Arellano's self titled album tells the story of his life through music. Rooted in the Norteno music of his New Mexico upbringing, with distinct influences of Country Blues and Jazz from his days in Nashville, this album is a true Americana offering.
Chris grew up in Cositilla, New Mexico as part of a musical family. When Chris was 8 he joined the family band with his father the guitarist singer/songwriter his mother a vocalist and his 11 year old brother Rodney on bass. The family continued playing music together throughout Northern New Mexico and Colorado until the loss of his father Jake when Chris was 12. During this sad period Chris immersed himself in his fathers instrument of choice, the guitar, and his love affair with stringed instruments began.
After high school graduation Chris headed to L.A. to study at the Muscians Instiute (GIT). At the age of 20 he won a talent contest that allowed him to perform at the Grand Ol' Opry. Chris and his brother traveled to Nashville together and decided to check out the famous Bluebird Cafe. Due to a last minute cancellation they landed a spot to perform, the response was fantastic and they were asked to play there regularly. They moved to Nashville and formed the band Drifters Wind. The band soon caught the attention of Sony Producer Blake Chancey and James Stroud the President and Producer of Dreamworks Records. James Stroud signed the band to a recording development deal but the record was never released.
Chris' ability to play multiple stringed instruments kept him busy as a Nashville session musician and Producer. In 1996 Chris and drummer Kenny Cox of Drifters wind, auditioned and ended up touring with Steve Forberts Warner Bros. release of Rocking Horse Head Tour. Playing on Premier stages across the country and appearing on telivison in New York City.
In 2001 Chris moved to Oregon and opened MusiCafe Rock School where he found a passion for teaching music working with students of all ages. Chris is a highly sought after music instructor and in 2012 began a summer music camp in his hometown in New Mexico. Chris enjoys giving back to his community through school district volunteerism, teaching songwriting, instrumentation, and recording classes.
As well as his most recent solo CD offering, Chris currently has projects with the band Cascade Rye a band dualy based in the Pacific Northwest and Austin Texas who has shared the stage with acts like Sawyer Brown/John Michael Montgomery/and Three Dog Night. In 2013 Cascade Rye was featured on the Fox TV morning show, Good Morning Austin and The Northwest Singer Songwriter Sessions on Public Broadcasting.
Booking Information: Chris is available as a solo act, as a duet with his daughter Jayden, with his New Mexico band The Arellano Brothers (Guitboxman@live.com) (Chris J Arellano Facebook) 541-223-2614 , and with Cascade Rye