Chris Thompson is a professional singer/songwriter, living in Hamilton, New Zealand. His music spans the country, folk, and blues styles, and his current catalogue consists of nearly two hundred original songs and guitar instrumentals.
Chris learnt guitar from Dave Calder of the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, turned professional in 1968 while living in Auckland, and was employed as Julie Felix's guitarist in London in 1971. He made his first, self-titled LP for Village Thing Records in 1973, and during the seventies returned to tour with acts including Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Waves, and John Hanlon. During this period he released two albums in New Zealand, Echoes from the Pit (Direction Records), and Minstrelsy (WEA), with both albums including recordings made by Chris in England and Ireland. He also appeared at the Nambassa Festival, and on the record.
In the early eighties Chris was living in Hamilton, New Zealand, and recorded Hometown Voodoo in 1981, a cassette released by Jolly Roger Records. This recording included some songs co-written with Graeme Hutchins. The Natural Blues featured some of the same songs, and was recorded in 1983 for Cityfolk Records of Napier. This was the first of his records to be a finalist in the New Zealand record industry awards. During 1985, Chris moved to Auckland, married a Canadian-born musician and songwriter Lynne, and toured with Stevie RayVaughan. For the next two years he worked with Lynne at various venues in Auckland, and they became involved in the Auckland Acoustics collective. In 1986 they recorded Together for Ode Records, another record industry award finalist. A Radio New Zealand concert of Chris & Lynne was recorded at the historic house Alberton in 1987, and this was later distributed as a cassette recording by Ode Records.
In 1987 Chris & Lynne's daughter Laura was born, and they made the decision to move to Raglan in early 1988. Chris went on to record several solo albums for Ode: cassette recordings The Road to Raglan, and Far Out and Solid, both of which were later compiled to become Chris' first CD release Coffee Break. The Song for Laura CD, recorded in 1995, became Chris' third recording to be nominated for a record industry award.
Chris & Lynne's involvement with a Waikato compilation recording, Acoustic Magic (Spiralyrics) inspired Chris to release a self-produced CD Time Flies, which was recorded at home in Raglan by Click Sound. Shortly after this record was released, Chris was contacted by Scenescof, an American firm interested in re-releasing Chris' first Village Thing album on CD.
of the Village Thing album: