Chris Beland is a singer/songwriter who has recently returned to the Central Coast after eight years in Bend, Oregon. His performances in the Pacific North West included the Sisters Folk Festival and the Bend Roots Festival. Since his return to California, he has become a sought-after local talent at the finest vineyards including Edna Valley, Sextant, and Chamisal. In 2014 he joined the line-up for the Central Coast’s Roll Out the Barrels Festival, and he was awarded “runner-up” for Santa Barbara County’s Best Local Musician. His music nods stylistically to folk gods Paul Simon and Bob Dylan as well as contemporary artists Vance Joy and Josh Ritter. Beland’s soulful silk vocals flesh out his subtly profound lyrics of love, humanity, and humility. As a solo act, he accompanies his words with the seasoned strum of an acoustic guitar, the haunted twang of a harmonica, and the steady heartbeat of his kick drum. Beland has worked with producer/songwriter Michael Watson, producer/engineer Keith Banning, and Nashville producer/songwriter John Beland, his father.
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