Outlaws, renegades, peyote trips, and new music with one of the fathers of Outlaw Country, Chris Gantry. Chris takes us through his life with Kris Kristofferson, Shel Silverstein, hit songs, and peyote trips. Chris' latest project, Nashlantis is out now and available to stream everywhere.
Chris Gantry is noted as being one of the founders of Outlaw Country. In a time where rhinestones and "flowers" were happening in country music. There was a crew of artists and writers that simply wanted to write about who they were. Hence the birth of Outlaw Country with notable writers like Chris; Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shel Silverstein, etc. Originally from New York City and also working in the Brill Building, Chris made the journey to Nashville in the early 60's. A time of war, culture shifts, and even music shifts. In conversation, he mentions his first stop, who he met, and what the vibe of Nashville was like for the "outlaw" crew. We also tap into the accessibility of Nashville in the early recording days. Like walking in Chet Atkins office to learn a riff on the guitar. Not too much later Chris' struck gold when he had a major cut from Glen Cambell from his tune, "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife". Other notable cuts include Johnny Cash's "Allegheny", Rhett Akins, and "Good Friends" with Reba Mcintire.
We walk through the history and climate of starting in the "outlaw" genre and his feelings toward music sounding the same. Even in today's radio country. Chris shares his outlook in writing (that includes a major award-winning play that he wrote). By staying fresh and always releasing material, it's obvious Chris is always moving forward. Nashlantis is no different. Continuing to push the limits for himself and experiencing the world around him. Nashlantis, is a look at Chris' state of mind and coming to terms where he is in life. Nashlantis is out now on all platforms and can be streamed and bought from www.dragcity.com