Christian Lee Hutson
To call Christian Lee Hutson an old soul would fall short of proper description. According to the SF Bay Guardian, “Hutson writes foreboding, bluesy love ballads laden with longing nostalgia,” but despite the maturity and commitment to tradition found in the 21-year-old singer-songwriter’s songs, they vibrate with a youthful energy as if a drunk and sedentary George Jones was being channeled through a drunk and animated Conor Oberst. Although rooted in old country and folk, the songs still manage to feel fresh, relevant and vital. Hutson’s debut solo E.P. Will Never Break Up marks his stylistic shift away from the dustbowl-era sound of the recently defunct Driftwood Singers in favor of a more recent tradition of country songwriting in the vein of Steve Earle and Dwight Yoakam. Will Never Break Up, though recorded this year in Los Angeles at Lemon Tree Studios, could just as easily have been recorded in the heart of Nashville in the mid-70s. Christian Lee Hutson still maintains the rigorous touring schedule that took the Driftwood Singers across the U.S. and back a number of tread-wearing times, so come out and join him for a sour drink of some sort and some songs so well-worn, weathered and welcoming that they whimper and creak as they pull a stool out for you at the bar.