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“I feel enthusiastic and he is one of the best artists I have heard in a while ...there is a good spirit in his music, a talentuous band around him, and I particularly like his voice...really perfect for the Frenchie."

French Radio

“Wow, that's the best honky tonk music I have heard in the past 30 years or so. Will play the album for the next months regularly. One of my favorites is "Ramblin' Man"

Cool Radio

“With a crack crew working with him on both sides of the glass, there’s no lack of chops and serious hard work underlying the whole proceedings. I’m willing to bet this is the real deal as opposed to an elaborate joke, and if so, this is the freshest breath of country music air to waft along since Friends in Low Places. No matter which way the wind is blowing this record is a gasser and just the antidote even for people that say they don’t like country music. Hot stuff.”

Midwest Review

“Standing at a crossroads of country and blues, Leigh’s songs are rich with sly lyrics, wink-and a grin delivery, and stylish lead guitar from Troy Lancaster and plenty of pedal steel and Dobro”

Country Music People Magazine UK

About Chris Leigh

Chris Leigh’s alt-country masterwork Broken Hearted Friends (Blue River Records) is an album of redemption, reinvention, and reclamation. “Three years ago my wife left me,” the Louisville, Kentucky-based artist says. “I sat there in an empty house wondering what to do with my life. I thought about all the things I should have done and picked up the guitar and started playing. These songs just came out.”

Leigh has garnered favorable comparisons to Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakum, and Hank Williams. But there is an in-the-moment vibrancy to Broken Hearted Friends that feels as if Leigh tapped into the true emotional urgency inherent in this cherished country heritage. Leigh adds wry wit and rock n’ roll swagger to his distinct aesthetic, so this album of barnburners and tearjerkers could also sit alongside modern classics like the Blasters, Steve Earle, Ryan Adams, and Old 97s.

Standouts like “Whiskey River,” “Ramblin’ Man,” and “If I Make It To Heaven” are placing very well on the Americana Music Association Charts. “Whiskey River" is also performing well on the STS (Station To Station) Country Charts, racing up to the Top 50. These album standouts have also received airplay on NPR Homefront Radio, and Broken Hearted Friends has earned accolades from tastemakers across the indie and Americana spectrum. Cool Radio gushes: “Wow, that's the best honky tonk music I have heard in the past 30 years.” The blog Nuts About Country says: “The tunes are edgy, dark in places, and then there’s the bright glow of a tune that requires a hurried exit to the dance floor.” The Midwest Review states: “This is the freshest breath of country music air to waft along since Friends in Low Places.” Recently, the prestigious Country Music Association picked Chris Leigh as an “Artist to Watch.”

Broken Hearted Friends is heartbreaking, humorous, sincere, sarcastic, and overall, always authentic. “To understand and appreciate life, you have to go through hardships,” Leigh says. “I write what I’ve lived and what speaks to my soul.”

The stunning “Whiskey River”—named as a respectful tip of the hat to Willie Nelson—is a joyous and raucous celebration of the transformative sin to salvation power of country music at its finest. “I was sitting in a bar in Kentucky thinking about country music and how powerful it is. This was during election time and all the controversy surrounding that. The TV was on, but when a Willie Nelson song came blaring out of jukebox, everyone got up and danced. I wrote that line ‘Whiskey River drown my tears, cause I’ve been cryin now for years, come and take my blues away and get me through another day’ for Willie. That’s what his music does and what I wanted to do with my song.”

The complex pain of lost love adds poignancy to the album. On the sweetly sorrowful ballad “If I Make It Too Heaven” Leigh addresses this with unflinching heart-on-sleeve sincerity. “Losing your lover is never easy and some of my friends didn’t make it through those dark times,” he says sadly. The song’s video—directed by David Williamson and edited by Wayne Shepherd—is an arresting real life slice of recklessness and spiritual reawakening. “I’m not afraid to admit I’m not a perfect person, I’m broken,” Leigh says. The video might be the first country song ever shot in a Catholic church. “I grew up a Catholic so it was a real honor that they allowed me to film in one of the oldest Catholic church's in the country,” he says. “After the video, I got up in that church and told my story to the congregation and they applauded. The truth isn’t a pretty picture, but it’s the truth.” The winsome twang of “Like I Love You Forever” is a tenderly paternal tribute to the enduring bond Leigh has with his children despite their shared turbulent times. The shitkickin’ “Ramblin’ Man” is about the work your ass off by day/drink your ass off by night grind to make ends meet.

Broken Hearted Friends was tracked in Nashville by producer Jim “Moose” Brown—a Grammy-winning songwriter (“It’s Five O’clock Somewhere”) and a multiple ACM keyboard award nominee—along with Nashville’s finest studio guns laying it down with classic hillbilly swagger. It was mixed by 14 Time Grammy-winner Benny Faccone and mastered by Grammy-winning mastering engineer Gavin Lurssen (Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, Tom Waits, Loretta Lynn, Oh Brother Where Art Thou and Walk The Line)

It’s been a trail of broken bottles, hearts, and homes, but Chris Leigh finally feels like he’s following right path. “I was so lost but now I’m found. I’ve come back to myself and my life,” Leigh says. “Music saved me.”

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