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Chris Milam

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THE SHORT VERSION:
Shared stages with Caitlin Rose, Mat Kearney, Cory Branan, Amanda Shires, and many others. Toured 120+ days in 2011, on pace for more in 2012. Four records down and a fifth coming in September. Enough Paul Simon comparisons and American Songwriter reviews to fill an album jacket. But wait! There’s more!

ABOUT THE NEW RECORD, YOUNG AVENUE:

This is a record built for a late-summer twilight drive, windows down, no particular destination in mind. Maybe you’re on Memphis streets, and maybe you’re anywhere - but those are the streets that raised up Chris Milam, and they’re the ones that inspired so much of his 2012 EP Young Avenue.

“I feel like every record gets more personal,” Chris says of the writing on his fifth release since his 2005 debut Leaving Tennessee. “I’ve learned this lesson really slowly - other people seem to know out of the gate that it’s true - but I’ve learned that the more I write really specifically to my own experience, the more other people relate to it. The more I write what I think only matters to me, the more it seems to resonate with everyone who hears it.”

So on Young Avenue, he focused on the specific being universal. The entire EP is obsessed with specificity. A specific time - roughly the end of summer and the beginning of fall - and a specific place - wherever anyone would call home. But to be even more specific? It’s the Memphis suburbs, where Chris grew up.

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