Thurs. May 11
Kudu Coffee House
4 Vanderhorst St.
Journeyman songwriting, traveling minstrels, bards … they’ve all gone the way of the Grendal, right? Maybe.
Christopher Boone is a modern day singer songwriter who is keeping the legacy of the traveling musician alive. His musical career has taken him to Europe, New York, L.A., Oregon, San Francisco, Richmond, and all over South Carolina. He met with the City Paper at Kudu Coffee House to discuss his new 10-song album, Partly Monday.
CITY PAPER: Tell the City Paper
readers about your new disc.
boone: The sound of the album is pretty acoustic. I worked with Philip White, who recorded the whole thing and did the production. He came over before recording and listened to all of the songs and took notes and mulled it over for a week or so. We talked about it, what each song meant. He was really instrumental. Then I was ready to go do a two track live. If I was a better musician I might be able to separate the singing and the playing, but I really needed to do it that way. So we did the whole album on a Sunday, except for the last song we needed to redo, which we did on Monday. There wasn’t a whole lot of depth put into the Partly Monday title.
CP: You’ve traveled and lived all over the country. What brought you back to Charleston?
boone: I was in Ashland, Ore. which is about 10 miles north of the California/Oregon border. I was hosting open mic, playing some gigs, and really enjoying it. But the economy was really tough and I had to make a quick decision. I decided Charleston was a good place to get my feet back on the ground and have a good time.
CP: You grew up in South Carolina, right?
boone: I grew up, off and on, in South Carolina throughout my life. I finished college at Carolina, went to NYC after that, then to L.A., back to NYC, and to San Francisco. I lived in Belgium really young. That is when I started to play the piano.
Cp: So, this feature is going to be in our Swig
issue. Do you have any favorite watering holes here in Charleston?
boone: Well, I work at Lana three nights a week as a bartender. But I like Chai’s a lot. Vickery’s is always nice for their outdoor space. A.C.’s is great if you are out and about late night, then if I need to be within stumbling distance of my house, The Blind Tiger.