Don’t be afraid of Chris Stills – he’s hard to please

Chris Stills will release a new album, his first in over 10 years, ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ in the UK on September 7, 2018 via Rive Gauche Music. The album is the follow-up to 2006’s self-titled release and Chris has also confirmed a string of UK headline shows – including London’s Borderline on November 25, 2018 – alongside a new track, ‘Hard To Please’, which will be one of two previously unreleased songs featured on a forthcoming digital deluxe release of ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ (also out September 7, 2018) – you can have an ear-gander below.

A decade in the making, ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ draws together new material from Stills, following a prolonged period of emotional turbulence. Raised between California and France (he began writing songs whilst at The American School of Paris, also befriending one-time bandmate Adam Cohen, son of Leonard) the child of CSNY’s Stephen Stills and Véronique Sanson, Chris returned to his former home of Los Angeles in 2010 amidst the breakdown of his marriage to the mother of his two young daughters.

The preceding years spent in Paris saw Stills juggle a burgeoning musical career (following in his father’s footsteps, he signed to Atlantic Records for debut album ‘100 Year Thing’) alongside appearances as an actor including a role in Requiem For A Killer, and later landing a foot in both camps when his soundtrack contributions to the long-running U.S. series of Shameless led to a regular guest spot for Stills across two seasons of the show.

Seeking solace following the considerable personal disarray of divorce, Stills sought out previous collaborators including producer Dan Burns and sometime bandmate Zac Rae (Death Cab For Cutie), also reconnecting with on-off touring buddy Ryan Adams. Says Stills; “There was a lot of life that had to happen – a lot of things had to go right for this record to see the light of day. Like anybody else, I’ve had my ups and downs in this business and personally as well, but I never stopped doing what I do. Some stars just needed to align. The songs themselves are an honest chronicle from various moments of my journey to now.”

‘Don’t Be Afraid’ Track List

This Summer Love
Hellfire Baby Jane
In Love Again
Daddy’s Little Girl
Lonely Nights
The Weekend
Criminal Mind
Blame Game
Don’t Be Afraid
Leaving You Behind
In The Meantime

Chris Stills 2018 UK Dates

25 November LONDON Borderline
26 November MANCHESTER Night & Day
27 November EDINBURGH The Voodoo Rooms

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Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield has been the Editor of Americana UK for the last 17 years and still feels like this is his pretend job, mainly because it is.

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