Chris Bandi is country – and he’s everything in between.
One of the most exciting up-and-coming singer/songwriters in a generation of Nashville musicians who embrace diversity in country music, Bandi has gained attention by developing a sound entirely his own. Drawing from his childhood days in St. Louis all the way through fraternity parties at Ole Miss, the emerging artist has no end to his inspiration.
“What I listened to growing up depended on who took me to school in the morning,” Bandi explains. “If my mom took me to school it was George Strait, Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, Alan Jackson – if my dad took me to school it was George Thorogood, Bruce Springsteen and Cat Stevens.”
With an early foundation in country and rock, Bandi went on to experience everything from a self-described “middle school rebellion” phase filled with Good Charlotte and Blink-182 to an R&B craze with Usher, Nelly and Chris Brown. After playing local shows in a high school band, the Missouri native took a break from performing when he made the move to Mississippi for college – until, that is, he found out about the beer.