"If there's any music to a colorful life, it sounds a lot like Chris Thayer."
-Steve Robles, San Bernardino Sun
"From the pain comes the beauty of his art...
a true artisan."
-Tim Joyce, NBC-KMTR, Eugene, OR
"There is something about him that makes hiim stand out in front of the rest. What is that one thing? It is talent. Honest to God talent."
-Shareena Clark, Coyote Chronicle
Like a heapin’ helping of musical truth
serum, Chris Thayer delivers bittersweet
moments with a refreshing blend of wry
wit and unflinching honesty. Back with an
all new lineup of top notch players,
Chris Thayer has embarked on the next
chapter of his musical tale with his
"THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PILLOW."
Chris's vocal debut came in the the form
of "Danny Zuko" in a high school production
of Grease at the age of 17. He fronted
several bands throughout the years,
including the alt-rock Stillwater Black and
jump blues outfit, Big Papa and the TCB.
Heavily influenced by a wide array of
artists such as Jim Croce, Robert Cray,
James Taylor, Prince, Live, and Dave
Matthews Band, Chris brings the literary
panache of a poet to the powerful and catchy pop/rock canvas.
Over the years, Chris Thayer has performed as a headliner as well as sharing the stage with many national acts, including James Taylor, the Doobie Brothers, the Bacon Brothers (featuring Kevin Bacon), Styx, Little River Band, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Winter, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, to name a few. in 2003, CT realeased the "Phoenix" CD and toured the western U.S. in support of it, including an appearance on the NBC morning show in Eugene, OR. 2006 saw the release of "Chasing Venus," the culmination of years of songwriting and experiences.
His current collection, "THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PILLOW," features 15 of his most personal and poetic music gems that embody the California summertime. On hand is a "who's who" of Southern California musicians, including Jason Weber, Jeff Ellwood, Adam Elmore, Matt Coleman, Jumpin' Jack Benny Cortez, Derek Smith, Yasha Philips, Barbara Paul, Joe Bull. James Donaldson, Frank Wilson, Mia Mercado, Gordon Campbell, Chad Patrick, Kevin Swan, Spiro Nicolopouos, Phoebe Thayer, Matt Springer, Marques Crews, Kelly McGuire, John Mila de la Roca, and Maurice Oliva.