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Hiatus’ End/Curse Breaker Tour

October 1, 2014

Two years ago, I canceled more than a handful of shows and went on Hiatus.  There’s more then a few reasons why this seemed appropriate.  One being I wanted to work on a new sound, in a new mode of writing.  During the past few years that has been accomplished and is ongoing in the form of a collaborative group called SKULLLS.  That group is slowly chipping away at a record that I’m incredibly excited about. While that record is simmering, it feels appropriate now to break my hiatus, venture through the Midwest, and begin performing solo shows to share some of the new “Chris Bathgate” songs that have been pouring out during the last few months. Below are the dates of this long coming tour, you can follow the link portions of this list for ticketing info and details.

The Curse Breaker:

Oct 13th: Holland, MI | Hope College- Dimnent Memorial Chapel | 8pm

Oct 14th: Grand Rapids, MI | Pyramid Scheme

Oct 15th: Chicago, IL | Beat Kitchen

Oct 18th: Sheboygan, WI | Paradigm Coffee

October 23rd: Marquette, MI | Ore Dock Brewing

October 24th: Hancock, MI | The Orpheum Theater

Oct 25th: Traverse City, MI | Workshop Brewing Co.

Oct 26th: Mt Pleasant MI, | House Show

Oct 27th: Rockford, MI | Rockford Brewing (Featured Artist)

Oct 28th: Lansing, MI | COT3C House Show








Last Shows

September 9, 2012

Pals, fans, strangers:

You’ve got several more opportunities to see me/us this year. Afterword I’ll be taking a hiatus from performing live, and performing songs from the “Chris Bathgate” canon.  Thanks for your support in the past, I’ll be redirecting and mentioning new projects as they appear.

Sept 14th:
Harvest Gathering, Lake City, MI
Barn Set, 1:20 am.

Sept 21st:
The Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI
Benefit for the Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor’s Teen Center

Sept 22nd:
Founders, Grand Rapids, MI

Thanks all,




VDub Sessions

March 21, 2012

in Oklahoma City,  on the West Ghost tour… We went two steppin later that night.

The song Calvary, in the rain, in a Volkswagen Bus…

Yes, I realize you might be thinking… shouldn’t it be Cavalry?

in fact not, find out why:

listen/watch  HERE.



Paste Magazine, #2.

March 11, 2012

Our friends at Paste Magazine have made a list of 12 acts you need to see from Michigan


Current Contest

January 10, 2012

Hey everyone,


we’ve been nominated for a cover of Ann Arbor’s The Current

help us out and vote for us!



BIG GHOST, West Coast Tour

October 31, 2011

Hey everyone,


Just wanted to let you know we’ve posted our full Schedule for the West Coast this upcoming November, if you have friends in any of these areas who would appreciate watching us
pour our hearts out musically for them, please send them our way.


We also have released a video today, featuring a slightly different then
studio version of Big Ghost.  This is the single for the forthcoming EP “Old Factory”.





Tiny Desk, New Tour Dates, East Coast and West Coast

October 14, 2011

Hey everyone,


Just wanted to let you know that our Tiny Desk Concert was posted today,


you can view that here


We’ve also posted to sets of tour dates for the remainder of the year,


The first being several dates with Adam Arcuragi,the later being a full band stint

on the west coast.


Thanks for listening, and hopefully we’ll see you on the road




Pop Matters

August 31, 2011

There is a review of Salt Year in Pop Matters



Kickstarter Success!

Our Kickstarter has been successfully funded!   After a 2 week burst of kind people chipping in we’ve made it.  Many thanks, and we’ll keep you posted on the project as it goes!




July 22, 2011

Hello Everyone!  Just wanted to let you know that we’ve posted a Kickstarter Campaign.  We are trying to raise 10,000 to buy a diesel vehicle and convert it to run off Waste Vegetable Oil.

It’s been a tough year for us vehicle wise, and we are extremely appreciative of those who have already donated, and have been passing the page along to friends.

You can check it out: here



WXPN World Cafe

July 19, 2011

We are very pleased to announce you can tune-in today (7/19) to hear Chris and his band’s performance on WXPN’s Wold Cafe Live with David Dye.

If you’re unable to tune-in or stream it live, you’ll be able to find a stream of the performance HERE starting Wednesday (7/20).


July 16, 2011

We are happy to announce that the Daytrotter that Chris, Samantha Cooper,
and Graham Parsons recorded this past winter has finally been posted.
Its up for both streaming, and download!




Starbucks Pick of the Week

May 18, 2011

This month you can stop into any Starbucks in the U.S. and pick up a Pick of the Week Download card and grab No Silver, off of Salt Year for FREE!



The Salt Tour

April 22, 2011

Chris and the gang have hit the road officially for the Salt Year Release Tour.

This Jaunt take them to 9 cities across the state of Michigan.

You can check their Tour Blog to get up to date videos, stories, and photos from their journey through the mitten.

4/21 – Blind Pig (CD Release Party) – Ann Arbor, MI
4/22 – The Strutt – Kalamazoo, MI
4/23 – Founders – Grand Rapids, MI
4/26 – Up Front and Company – Marquette, MI
4/27 – Justice Records – Mt. Pleasant, MI
4/28 – Mac’s Bar – Lansing, MI
4/29 – Calumet Theater – Calumet, MI
4/30 – Good Work Collective Gallery – Traverse City, MI
5/01 – Ramsdell Theater – Manistee, MI


Wish them luck, and follow along!


Review: Salt Year

Consequence of sound has reviewed  salt year,

You can read it here

Deep Cutz

April 12, 2011

The ever poetic Jeff Milo has reviewed Salt year

You can read his thoughts here

All Songs Considered

In the City was featured on All Songs Considered this morning!


take a listen here

Salt Year Release Tour Announced!

April 1, 2011

Hey everyone, today I’m happy to announce that we are
doing a special tour for the release of Salt Year.

We are hitting 11 cities in my beloved state of Michigan,
and bringing 3 of my favorite songwriters with us.

Hezekiah Jones

Samantha Crain

Graham Parsons

We are also overjoyed to be joined on the road by Mostly Midwest for the entire leg.
They’ll be posting images and video from the tour!

We will also be documenting it in our Tour Blog.

So, if you don’t live in the state of Michigan feel free to follow along during the joyous overrunning of the state both here, and at Mostly Midwest.




March 25, 2011

Thanks so much for everyone who came to check us out at SXSW!

We had a great time, saw some great bands, and got some well needed sunburn.

Check out a few videos of us performing during our time in Austin!


New Normal Music

Thanks everyone!

World Cafe Live

March 14, 2011

We are artist of the week on World Cafe: Next this week!

Tune in or stream WXPN to listen this week!

You can take an initial listen here

Many thanks to David Dye and WXPN


Mostly Midwest / Bridge House Session

February 2, 2011

Mostly Midwest has posted a number of photographs and video from the Upper Peninsula Leg of the White Sheet Winter Tour.

Included in those are a Multi Track Video of Chris performing No, Silver.

Also during this session Chris recorded a solo version of Poor Eliza,
and a Banjo version of We Die.

For a full  list of photos, The Bridgehouse Session, and live footage, and mentions of Chris check out

No, Silver.

January 11, 2011

Hello everyone,

Today marks a great day, the day we can let you hear the first single of the forthcoming album “Salt Year”.

both available for stream and Purchase

You can read about No Silver, and Salt Year on a recent post by My Old Kentucky Blog

Thanks for listening,


White Sheet Winter Tour Announced

January 1, 2011

Hey everyone,

We are kicking things off hard this year, with 24 shows, spanning ten sates.

1/18 – Up Front – Marquette, MI
1/21 – Orpheum Theater – Houghton, MI
1/22 – The Dav – Kingsford, MI
1/24 – Nick & Eddies – Minneapolis, MN
1/25 – Secret Loft – Milwaukee, WI
1/26 – Project Lodge – Madison, WI
1/27 – Univ. of Kentuky – Lexington, KY
1/31 – Elbo Room – Chicago, IL
2/1 – The House – Dekalb, IL
2/4 – Dreamland Theater – Ypsilanti, MI
2/11 – Ottawa Tavern – Todelo, OH
2/12 – Scene MetroSpace – Lansing, MI
2/16 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
2/17 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
2/18 – Kennet Flash – Kennet, PA
2/19 – Pete’s Candy Store – New York, NY
2/22 – T.T. The Bears – Cambridge, MA
2/24 – Secret Show – ???
2/25 – The Starving Artist – Keene, NH
2/26 – The Monkey House – Keene, NH
2/28 – The Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
3/1 – Allen St. Hardware – Buffalo, NY

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