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Performer releases new CD 'Light Up The Sky'

Chris Baron, a guitarist-singer-songwriter from Portland, has played on more than 20 records over the past several years, but has only gone solo twice in audio land.

“I’m really a band guy,” he says. “Interacting with other musicians in performance enhances my experience.” by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Chris Baron will be playing cuts off his new album, Light Up the Sky at Spinellas Off the Wall Feb. 8.

Baron, 32, plays with The Tummybuckles, which has performed in the East County music festival Rockwood Stock as well as various clubs and coffeehouses. He also plays in the folk duo Huge Sally as well as the rock band A Crab’s Life and the hard rock outfit Idiot Science.

Huge Sally has a few dates coming up in Austin, while A Crab’s Life plays Macadam’s Bar & Grill as well as the White Eagle in Portland. (reverbnation.com/acrabslife). Meanwhile, Idiot Science is about to release a recording online, Baron says.

“But this summer is going to be all about focusing on the solo act,” Baron says.

On that note, he’s promoting his second solo album “Light Up The Sky,” which sports 13 songs, Baron says. He’s been writing songs since he was a wee lad, inspired by John Lennon, Dave Matthews and Brandon Boyd of Incubus.

“These guys all have one important thing in common, something that I notice right away — they sing with complete confidence in strange stylistic ways, and while it doesn’t always sound ‘pretty,’ it’s always in key, in context and with sure purpose.”

“Sky” features straight up rock, folk rock, and storytelling ballads, he says, adding several tracks have been mainstays of his live sets with his bands.

“Multiple studios and multiple players and multiple influences have made their way into these particular recordings,” he adds.

Baron will share his sounds at Spinella’s Off the Wall Saturday, Feb. 8.

“I’m planning for it to be just me, although I wouldn’t be surprised if a guest musician pops up,” he says.

“Sky” features 10 guest players, Baron adds. For example, fellow Tummybuckle Megan Cronin, a violinist and viola player, graces such tunes as the title track as well as “This Must Be Artichoke,” an ode to the venue/music school on Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland noted for its support of the Portland folk music community.

Baron says he plans to continue writing his particular brand of folk rock, which draws on such performers as The Avett Brothers for inspiration.

“There’s a lot of warped and stylistic choices I make when I arrange music,” he says. “I know that once I finish a song, I’d like to plan to enjoy playing it years into the future.”

He notes he’s proud to be part of the indie roots world, which has spread throughout the country over recent years, promoted by such festivals as the annual Pickathon show in Happy Valley. Such music is an alternative to the over commercialized world of pop, he says.

“I think in terms of local live music it’s the passion of the performer and how much they invest their entire being into what they’re doing, being present in the moment that makes it attractive,” he says.

If you go

WHO: Chris Baron

WHEN: 8-11 p.m. Saturday,

Feb. 8

WHERE: Spinella’s Off the Wall, 436 N. Main Ave.

COST: Free

INFO: 503-492-0800, spinellasoffthewall.com, reverbnation.com/chrisbaron

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