Iíve been living my whole life like some phrase at the tip of my tongue"
* Chris Volpe, "Shoes" from the "Refugee Blues" cd
It's been a banner year for Chris Volpe, the self-taught Sanfrancisco-based singer, songwriter and guitarist. Following the release if his self-produced cd "Refugee Blues", Volpe has won the Best Album/Folk-Singer-Songwriter in the 2006 at the Independent Music Awards, the Best Singer/Songwriter 2006 at London's international Singer-Songwriter Awards, and honorable mentions from both the John Lenon and Billboard's songwriting contests.
As he reveals on MySpace page, it has not been an easy road to success. With "Refugee Blues," Volpe explores his rites of passage as a struggling artist in New York City ("Jersey Sun"), his lonliness on the road while touring ("Refugee _Blues"), and his own self-reflection ("Shoes"), all with poetic musings and a voice that would make the likes of Paul Simon proud.
Check out the Leo Kottke-finger picking "Shoes" and Dylan-inspired lyrics, and more of his work at MySpace and take a test drive yourself. You won't be disappointed.
2. Wait 'til Tomorrow
3. 1849 Revisited
4. The Bandwagon Farm
5. Where the Rubber Meets the Road
6. Your Little Toy
7. Lay Low
9. The Good Life
10. The Refugee Blues
11. Ashtray Memories
13. Jersey Sun
14. The Dark Horse