Guitarist Chris Sharp spent some time last week in the studio in Nashville with Willie Nelson, TBone Burnett, Mickey Raphael and others, and recorded a new album of country standards. Chris’ wife made a video of Willie and Chris playing together, and Willie and Annie Nelson kindly gave him permission to share it.
“I’ve been privileged enough to spend the last few days hanging out and picking with one of my all time heroes, Mr. Willie Nelson. I’ve been listening to him since I can remember and it has been quite an honor to spend this time with him.
Willie, while being one of my favorite guitar players and singers, is an extremely kind and generous man. Not only did he allow me to play his guitar “Trigger”, he played my guitar (no name 69′ D-21) as well. He allowed me to video the song and even allowed me to post it here!! If I hadn’t said so much in this description I could say that I’m speechless at his graciousness.
Thank you Willie. ”
Chris Sharp is best known for his Grammy Award winning work on the “O’Brother Where Art Thou?” Soundtrack, and his appearance in the film “Down From The Mountain”. In addition to recording with such artists as Alison Krauss and Earl Scruggs, Chris toured with the late John Hartford for the last four years of John’s life. With three of his own recordings out on Red Clay Records and one independent release with mandolin player David Long, Chris is now traveling and playing his own music for people.
Born in Asheville, NC, in 1973, at the age of 5 Chris showed a musical interest and started taking piano lessons. This was short lived and he didn’t start playing music again until age 11 when he started learning to play the fiddle and the banjo.
Chris has music in his family. His grandfather, Bernard “Shorty” Baston was a professional musician in the 1940′s and 50′s. He played all over the south and lived in Nashville for some time. He played with groups such as The Sauceman Brothers and with his friend Benny Martin in Big Jeff’s band.