If you haven’t already heard the name Chris Andreucci, it’s definitely one you’ll be getting to know soon. With an appearance at the SSE Hydro Arena in Scotland, a record contract and plans to move to the
revered heart of country music, Nashville (US), Chris had all the steps he needed to become Scotland’s next big country star until we were struck by the pandemic.
Like many who have had to adapt their plans due to Covid-19, his appearance at the ‘Country 2 Country festival’ at the SSE Hydro and his opportunity to move were cruelly snatched away, leaving him wondering how he would still make it in the country world. However, Chris never lets setbacks stop his ambition, and he’s pushed on to release his long-awaited EP ‘What Don’t Kill You’.
Chris has already had a country career that’s enough to make anyone jealous, having performed headline shows at Glasgow’s iconic venue King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut and the Celtic Connections show at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. His new EP has been 12 months in the making and puts a distinctly fresh twist on classic country.
Kicking off with the bouncy beat of ‘Here Comes The Rain’, Chris’ warm vocals have a distinct twang, transporting you straight to the Wild West on a journey of catchy, authentic country music. Moving throughout the EP, we have the touching, laid back love song ‘Tonight I’m Yours’ , and the instant earworm ‘Drinking Song’ with heart-warming lyrics encouraging you to keep on keeping on, regardless of what life throws your way.
Chris’ thoughtful lyrics continue into the gentle ‘Thunderstorms and Rain’, before the EP picks up again with the upbeat ‘The Only Love That Never Broke My Heart’ where he expresses his love for music. Finally, the EP comes to a close with the classic country sound of ‘Freedom’ which will have you wanting to listen to the EP over and over again.
Speaking of his struggles throughout 2020, Chris explained:
“2020 has been a crazy year. It was set to be a year full of highs – a performance at C2C Festival at The
Hydro in Glasgow alongside my favourite artists such as Luke Combs, an EP launch and then a move out to
Nashville in July. But in reality, like so many other people, the year was filled with lows. All my shows were
cancelled or rescheduled due to COVID and as a direct result of this my visa application fell through as I had
no activities lined up. In addition, the social distancing measures and restrictions in place slowed down the
EP release process. I’ve been fortunate enough to still be able to do something that I love and I’m hopeful
that next year things will slowly get back to normal. I’m looking forward to playing the rescheduled C2C gig
in Glasgow as well as the Texas Scottish Festival, in Decatur next May.”
With big things coming in 2021, Chris is clearly one to watch for lovers of all things country. Make sure to follow him on social media to be the first to hear ‘What Don’t Kill You’ when it is released on December 21st.
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