About Chris

Chris Brashear plays fiddle, mandolin and guitar and he is a singer with a wide vocal range and a clear, distinctive voice. He is also a songwriter.

Looking ahead to 2024, in New England, Chris can be seen with the Deep River Ramblers, an acoustic/Americana trio. You may also see us performing for many Back Porch festival or series events in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. Anticipate new recordings this year from the Deep River Ramblers. 

 Chris also plays with Jazz Sketches, a trio performing jazz standards.

In the desert southwest and beyond, Chris continues to perform with long-time music partner Peter McLaughlin. Their latest CD release is called Desert Heart, Mountain Soul. This duo also hosts the Tucson Opry, a seasonal variety show with local, regional and national artists. And for fans of music and the outdoors, Chris Brashear and Peter McLaughlin host music and river trip excursions on the San Juan River in southern Utah and on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon. 

Chris brings over thirty years of professional music experience as a performer, producer, teacher and recording artist. He has taught at numerous camps and festival workshops across the country, including the Augusta Heritage Bluegrass Camp, the Joe Val Memorial Bluegrass Festival, Banjo and Mandolin Camps North, Walker Creek Music Camp, Roots & Boots Music Camp, Berea College Music Festival, the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention and Mars Hill Roots Music Camp. He has solo recordings produced by Jody Stecher and Jim Rooney.

Praise for Chris

Chris sings in the honest tradition of Carter Stanley and Maybelle Carter.

- Jim Rooney

Chris Brashear is one of the finest singers in bluegrass today. With an amazing range and depth, he sings with authenticity and soul and brings you into any song he sings, whether it’s a song he’s written or one of the classics.

- Alice Gerrard