If you’re a fan of the Michigan music scene like me, then Chris Bathgate is a name you’re most likely familiar with. Originally from rural Illinois, Bathgate calls Pickney, MIchigan home and has certainly represented the mitten well since his first album debut Silence is for Suckers as a solo artist in 2005. His dark, haunting, and gentle lyrics and vocals will draw you in and keep your attention. His beautifully inspired songs leave you picturing them in your head as if they are soundtracks to your life and memories. Bathgate’s Midwestern folk style surely shines through and any Midwesterner will appreciate and relate to his words and style.
2011 has been a great year for Bathgate with the release of his most recent album Salt Year on Quite Scientific Records. He has been featured on NPR Music, Starbucks pick of the Week, cover story for Metro Times, and ranked as #58 on NPR’s Listener Poll for Best of the Year (So Far). Bathgate’s been touring extensively this year promoting Salt Year with friends and bandmates he’s made from other folk acts (Graham Parsons, Misty Lyn, This Is Deer Country). Chris Bathgate will be featured on the Midwest Fest line-up Sept. 28-Oct.1 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Get your tickets for Midwest Fest HERE.