Live from "11th & Grant"
New Live CD (2018) - Available Now!
"Chris Cunningham is a truth teller, every song artfully crafted to capture the feeling tone conjured by his lyrics.
You can't second guess Chris musically, his subtle use of jazz inspired harmonies braided with more traditional chord structures but in non-traditional progressions is his hallmark. But, most importantly, Chris's music is honest, unpretentious, sincere, and direct....just like he is as a person.”
- Eric Funk, 11th & Grant
I’m excited to release my latest live CD from my episode on the Emmy award-winning Montana PBS show, “11th & Grant with Eric Funk.” I felt deeply honored to receive the invitation to appear on this critically acclaimed music show that has aired for thirteen seasons. My hope was to do a performance with a broad mix of my original songs in a fun, refreshing way that I call “folk-grass” -- and I jumped at the opportunity to call on some of my favorite local bluegrass players, including Tom Murphy on mandolin’s and harmonies, Mike Parsons on fiddle, banjo and steel, and Russell Smith on upright bass and harmonies.
The CD captures the energy and natural chemistry of the band, showcasing each players’ phenomenal talent, while allowing the meaning of the lyrics to clearly shine through. It’s the ideal balance of a light-hearted, toe-tapping album paired with sincere and substantial themes that resonates with listeners. In my mind, this album conveys the spirit of where I call home, the Rocky Mountains of Southwestern Montana.
If You Knew All Along
Latest Studio EP (released 2016)
The stories and meanings of these songs have grown quietly and over time for me - from 1989 while living in Spain and on through more recent chapters of a “seasoned life” with family, home, and the desire to make a difference. They would likely have remained unheard if not for the persistent encouragement of a friend and fellow singer/songwriter who hunkered down with me in the studio for a few days to cut the basic tracks, igniting the spark for this record. Thank you Wes Kirkpatrick - and thanks also to all the incredible musicians both near and far that added life to these songs.