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Chris Pelonis

Sound meets sound perfection, performing musician and singer-songwriter Chris Pelonis.

Chris Pelonis delivers a distinct tonality to every note from his guitar work to his vocals, harmonica and keyboard. His compositions blend the stylistic rock embellishments of Jeff Beck with blues-gospel baselines, always with perfect pitch and distinguished phrasing. He reaches for the unknown nuances of a song, that place where improv adds genuine expression to the mix, pushing it further to get pure melodic beauty. Inventive and sublime.

The consummate professional, his honed grasp of the entire music-making process from player-composer through engineer-mixer-producer sets him among the best, sharing the stage with musicians Michael McDonald, Jackson Browne, Jim Messina, Kenny Loggins, Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby, Warren Zevon, Stephen Bruton, TBone Burnett and Jeff Bridges.

Michael McDonald, "I met Chris in 1970. He is a great guitar player, a good songwriter and a great producer with a unique style that sees the genius in simplicity."

His main guitars are a modified TV Jones Guitars Tele, a Gretch Silver Falcon, and a Gretchen Duo Jet with custom-wound Seymour Duncan pickups. Pedal board action is a Moog delay and tremolo, Menatone Blue Collar overdrive, RC booster, EHX POG octave, Dimebag Wah, Strymon El Capistran, and TC Helicon Voicelive 3000. He plugs into a '58 custom Goodsell Super 17 M111, Matchless, Blackstar, Fender Blues Junior, Marshall and a Gibson Maestro amps. Harmonica: Hohner Special 20.

Chris performs solo, with his band, The Chris Pelonis Band, and with The Jeff Bridges & The Abiders Band. Gigs in 2018 include a superband with Kenny Loggins, Glen Phillips and Laurence Juber, and a duo with Michael McDonald.

Now accepting bookings internationally:
Chris Pelonis +1-805-331-4362
Little Wing Management Traci Collins +1-805-455-1528

Goodsell amplifiers and TV Jones Guitars.

Jeff Bridges LP: “Jeff Bridges and The Abiders Live”, Ramp Records 2014
Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Harmonica, mixer and producer: Chris Pelonis

Tideland Motion Picture Soundtrack, Ramp Records 2005
“Van Gough In Hollywood”, Guitar Solo: Chris Pelonis.

Michael McDonald Blue Obsession LP, Ramp Records 2000
“Down By The River”, Guitar: Chris Pelonis.

Jeff Bridges LP: “Be Here Soon”, Ramp Records 2000
Guitar, Engineer, Mixing, and Vocals: Chris Pelonis