Following on from the release of his latest album, Don’t Be Afraid, Chris Stills will perform at 3 UK live shows, including London’s Borderline on November 25.
Chris Stills has previously aired Calling The Underground, which features on the digital deluxe version of his new album Don’t Be Afraid. The album follows Stills’ contribution to the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the Oscar-winning I, Tonya and his co-production of the annual Light Up The Blues charity benefit in Los Angeles, which this year saw Stills perform alongside the likes of Neil Young, Patti Smith, Beck and Burt Bacharach.
Calling The Underground explores that struggle to find a niche in life without compromising the essence of who you are. Speaking about the insistent new track, which burns out with a torrid guitar solo from Stills himself (also an accomplished guitarist), Chris says; “It’s about being in a certain state of mind and dancing on the fringe until you find a place where you feel welcome…..that gives you a sense of belonging.
Qualification is granted with price of admission. I think it’s my way of looking at the Underground scene through some rose-coloured glasses at a time when I was spending a little too much time there. Put me in the right state of mind and I’ll find deep meaning in it”.
A decade in the making, Don’t Be Afraid draws together much-anticipated new material from Stills, following a prolonged period of emotional turbulence. Raised between California and France the child of Stephen Stills, from legendary, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and Véronique Sanson, Chris returned to his former home of Los Angeles in 2010 amidst the breakdown of his marriage to the mother of his two young daughters.
The preceding years saw Stills successfully juggle a burgeoning musical career (signing to his father’s label home at Atlantic Records for his debut) alongside critically-applauded appearances as an actor. Making his debut in 2009 playing Julius Caesar in top-grossing musical Cleopatre – The Last Queen of Egypt, Chris went on to also appear opposite Mélanie Laurent in Requiem For A Killer, later landing a foot in both camps when his soundtrack contributions to the U.S. hit series of Shameless led to a regular guest spot for Stills across two seasons of the show.
UK Live Dates
25 November LONDON Borderline
26 November MANCHESTER Night & Day
27 November EDINBURGH The Voodoo Rooms