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Chris Parreira started playing music and writing songs in 2007 at the age of 20. A long time resident of Northern California, he now lives in Arcata, CA and studies music at Humboldt State University.

"Ray Charles inspired me to play music, and Bob Dylan inspired me to write songs." Chris has been compared to Ray Lamontagne and Slaid Cleves vocally, with elements of blues, country, jazz and now classical, thanks to his schooling.

Aside from performing solo, Chris is also a member of The Trouble (a four piece Americana rock group), The Lonesome Roses (a folk trio) and the duo Lemon Lemon Cherry. He also spends a great deal of time promoting other musicians and organizing concerts under the banner Chris Parreira Presents...

His first full length album Before You Go was released in 2009. The self produced album is now out of print, but select songs are available on the music page.

"Chris Parreira writes songs like he was born to do it, and plays them like it's what keeps him alive."
Lila Nelson, Musician/Former KHUM DJ

"His kind demeanor was offset by his playfully rough-and-tumble lyrics, letting all the men in the audience give a sigh of relief in knowing that his musical mission isn't solely honed in on swooning every female in the room. It was heartfelt and easily drawn from his experiences on the road."

"Chris's music contains an honesty that is rare in the modern songwriter. You can feel the open road in his songs. You can feel the ecstasy and the loneliness. You can feel the adventure. From the first line, you know this guy is living it."
John Craigie, Musician

"Chris Parreira is a guy with good street sense, learning a lot from his travels and bringing that to his music. You want to catch him when he gets to your town..."
Rod MacDonald, Musician

"...Folky with a hint of old-time county (before country was pop)."
Melody Stone, The Eureka Reporter


Notable Venues:
Momo's (Austin, TX)
Marylin's on K (Sacramento, CA)
Dell Arte's Carlo Theatre (Blue Lake, CA)
Flipnotics (Austin, TX)
Arcata Playhouse (Arcata, CA)
Humboldt Brews (Arcata, CA)
Arcata Theatre Lounge (Arcata, CA)

Festivals:
2013 Mateel Summer Arts & Music Festival (Benbow, CA) [Main Stage]
2013 Humboldt Folklife Festival (35nd Annual) (Blue Lake, CA)
2012 Humboldt Arts & Music Festival (Arcata, CA) [Main Stage]
2012 Humboldt Folklife Festival (34nd Annual) (Blue Lake, CA) [Main Stage]
2011 Humboldt Folklife Festival (33nd Annual) (Blue Lake, CA) [Main Stage]
2010 Bend Roots Revival (5th Annual) (Bend, OR)
2011 North Country Fair (38th Annual) (Arcata, CA)
2010 Humboldt Folklife Festival (32nd Annual) (Blue Lake, CA)
2009 Bend Roots Revival (4th Annual) (Bend, OR)
2008 Midsummer's Dream Art & Music Festival (Ashland, OR)

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