Chris Beland is a Central Coast native, born and raised in Santa Maria, California. He was drawn to music from a very early age, with a special affinity to Willie Nelson from his grandpa putting his albums on the family turntable. Beland began writing songs when he was fifteen for a punk band that he fronted before his life became over complicated with drugs, a pregnant girlfriend and troubles at home which caused him to check himself into rehab. There he was introduced to spirituality and faith which would weave its way throughout his music scheme intermittently,
He made the leap from part-time musician to full-time singer-songwriter after living in Bend, Oregon for 8 years with his wife and kids, having played here and there in Central Oregon’s music scene and recording three full-length albums filled with rich stories of various aspects of the human condition, love and loss, as tiny snapshots of his ever-dynamic material.
Beland is a multi-instrumentalist whose lyrics and sound are redolent of such artists as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Andrew Bird and Damien Jurado. As a solo act, he accompanies his soulful words with the seasoned strum of an acoustic guitar, wistful harmonica strains and the steady beat of his kick-drum keeping a rhythm that is both folk-rock and old-timey Americana.
He has played at large festivals such as Whalerock (previously known as Beaverstock), and Live Oak with various musicians accompanying him along the Central Coast, the Sisters Folk Festival; the Whiskey-a-Go-Go in Hollywood, Vina Robles Winery, Seacrest hotel’s ongoing Winesdays from May through October, and many other notably beautiful spots around California and Oregon.
With 7 albums released and currently embarking on dropping his 8th entitled Northrup Station, and having collaborated extensively with a myriad of diverse musicians, he has a full arsenal of poetic, colorful songs he shares at each different venue according to the atmosphere evoked. Beland has also recently received notoriety as a New Times Award winner alongside his daughter Harmony.