Tell us about your new music that is coming out. It’s a synth pop EP. Mostly what I make is country, but I have a synthesizer in my house, and being so isolated I wanted to make use of everything I had at home. So what you hear is me making music for my wife to dance to while she cooks. I only had myself with no studio so it’s a lot of samples and loops. I’m going to be a pop sensation at 38 years old!
What song are you most excited for old and new fans to hear? “Painted Smile” is definitely pretty wild. The drums at the end and the haunting vocals are so cool. It has a real wild texture. And “Without the Beat” is going to be a foot stomper. Whatever they listen to I hope they are dancing, because I danced in my studio through the entire making of this EP.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people take away from your songs? I hope it brings them joy. I write a lot of country and Americana, so with this EP, due to quarantine, I wanted to do something that they could throw on and just jam no matter what they were going to. It’s my musical version of a strawberry daiquiri.
What excites you most about the Nashville music scene right now? It’s so diverse! All the country musicians are doing their thing, and then East Nashville has all these great rock bands. Then you have artists like Ruby Amanfu with her delicate soul sound, and of course I play for Will Hoge so that is truth turned to eleven. I love that every time I take the stage in Nashville, there’s a good chance I’m going to be doing something I’ve never done before. The gloves are off in Nashville!
Can you remember your first trip to Nashville? Oh yeah! I drove all the way from Boston to Nashville overnight to spend time with my friends James Bavendam and Natalie Stovall. It was the only town I had ever been to where musicians didn’t have a day job. I really had intended on just moving to Los Angeles, but I fell in love with the people and the scene and the food. Back then rent was pretty cheap, so I decided to put down anchor. Nashville made me.
What do you do on a day off in Nashville, no work allowed? I go to Vinyl Tap for a long day of record buying and day drinking. I am a consummate barfly so that kind of thing suits me. We also have lots of good walking trails so my wife and I play Pokemon Go while we walk the dogs. It’s very rare I don’t do some kind of work, but with so many great music venues in Nashville, there’s usually something I want to go see by the end of the day.
What are some places you recommend for out-of-towners? Well you have to get your tourist stuff done. The Parthenon, hot chicken, lower broadway, yada yada. Obviously, come see me if I’m playing. But the record shopping is out of sight! Make sure to shore up your collection. There are amazing little indie clothing stores where you can buy funky Western stuff, so make sure to get your hat and boots. A bar crawl through East Nashville is a good way to get a taste for the local scene. Just call me when you get here and I’ll drive you around getting you drunk and making you laugh.
What is one thing you can tell us that most people don’t know about you and might surprise us? I am a huge nerd. I love everything pop culture, and though I drive a big black pick up truck, when you open the door, you’re more than likely to hear some Justin Bieber, Cardi B, or whatever piece of pop culture I have latched onto that week. My tastes have no shame. I can sing almost the entirety of Beyonce’s “Lemonade” and have proved it to almost every jukebox in this town.
Any last words for our readers and your fans? How do they connect with you? My website is www.christophergriffithsmusic.com and all my socials are on there. I’m writing this from quarantine so please stream my music, take your shoes off and dance to it all afternoon. Doctors orders.