Chris Lee Becker is the kind of songwriter that doesn’t like to write his own bio, but he’s doing it anyway. His third album, In and Around Bethlehem, U.S.A. (released in August of 2018 and produced by Dylan Layton) is a little more somber than his previous albums. Maybe he’s becoming a curmudgeon as he ages.
Imaginary Friends (2014, produced by Jared Tyler) was a wishful, kind of sad, but mostly kind of humorous look at growing up and being an adult in Middle America. It was honest yet vibrant. It had some hope.
Bourbon & Lemonade (2009, produced by Kabe Cornell) is stuffed full of hope. It’s a goddamn merry-go-round. And everybody has a popsicle. Maybe there’s a couple dropped popsicles lying in the dirt, but for the most part, everyone’s doing just fine.
In and Around Bethlehem, U.S.A is the kind of record that makes a songwriter’s mom worry. Don’t get me wrong: It’s fantastic and has some funny lines, but, overall it’s kind of a bummer. Don’t worry, Becker is just fine. It’s the goddamn world that ain’t.
Chris Lee Becker is proud to part of the Horton Records family. Check them out at hortonrecords.org if you want to find a bunch of fine, fine folks making fine, fine music.
Other than that, Chris Lee Becker lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He’s a multi-instrumentalist, focusing on guitar and mandolin. He cut his teeth playing Bluegrass. Now he mixes it up and probably plays what the hip kids are calling “Americana”. Becker calls it “Folk Music and Stuff”. Did I mention that he doesn’t like writing his own bio? He’s gonna stop now.
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