A letter arrives in a handmade envelope.
“I’ve been to hell and back again,” it says. “Thank you for inspiring me, and helping me achieve a sense of peace that years ago I thought would never happen.”
Letters like these tend to find Ann Arbor-based singer/songwriter Chris Dupont. His ruminations on inner peace and personal growth infuse his newest album, Outlier. Faced with the new challenge of becoming a father, Dupont bares his own difficulties with family and his own sense of belonging.
Full of his trademark vulnerability and candor, Outlier is a confession and an absolution in one.
With influences ranging from classic american songwriters like James Taylor and Tom Waits, to artists like Tycho and Philip glass, Dupont’s sophomore effort has its roots in folk music, and its branches spreading wide across conventional genre divides. In Outlier, the classic eloquence of the 70s collides with a present-day catharsis; classic americana themes become married to contemporary notions of self-care, and speaking your own truth. Throughout the whole work, Dupont’s focused baritone remains a constant, bringing a steadiness and reassuring cohesion in the midst of the album’s at-times heavy themes.
Outlier wades deep into Dupont’s head. It is simultaneously loud, soft, angry, forgiving, danceable and upbeat, cinematic, sweeping, and immersive. His inimitable guitar style incorporates techniques from a wide array of disciplines, including body percussion, harmonics, and looping.
Chris is endorsed by Godin guitars.
Chris was a finalist at the rocky mountain folks festival in 2013, and has shared stages with a host of midwest acts, as well as national acts Edwin Mccain, Brendan James, Needtobreathe, and Lucius. Chris is endorsed by GHS strings.