Chris Stills has announced the UK release of his first album in over a decade 'Don't Be Afraid' on September 7th. To support the album Chris will be visiting the UK for a run of shows in November. A digital deluxe release of the album will feature two additional songs one of which 'Hard To Please' you can check out here at RGM alongside more about the album and what Chris has been up to recently in the worlds of music, TV and film:
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 (Kobalt/PIAS). The album - the follow-up to 2006’s self-titled release - follows Stills’ recent contribution to the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the Oscar-winning I, Tonya and his co-production of the annual ‘Light Up The Blues’ charity benefit in Los Angeles, which this year saw Stills perform alongside the likes of Neil Young, Patti Smith, Beck and Burt Bacharach. Chris has today 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).
A decade in the making, ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ draws together much-anticipated 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 successfully juggle a burgeoning musical career (following in his father’s footsteps, he signed to Atlantic Records for debut album ‘100 Year Thing’) alongside critically-applauded appearances as an actor. Making his debut in 2009 playing Julius Caesar in top-grossing musical Cleopatra - The Last Queen of Egypt, Chris went on to also appear opposite Mélanie Laurent in Requiem For A Killer, later landing a foot in both camps when his soundtrack contributions to the long-running U.S. hit 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 Grammy-nominated, 3-time Juno winning producer Dan Burns and sometime bandmate Zac Rae (Death Cab For Cutie), also reconnecting with on-off touring buddy Ryan Adams. The fruits are borne out in ‘Don’t Be Afraid’, a set of 11 open-hearted songs that are arguably Stills’ most assured, self-aware work to date.
25 November LONDON Borderline https://www.alttickets.com/chris-stills-tickets
26 November MANCHESTER Night & Day https://www.alttickets.com/chris-stills-tickets
27 November EDINBURGH The Voodoo Rooms https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/chris-stills-the-voodoo-rooms-%20tickets/8530795