By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – Chris Weaver doesn’t believe in genres – country, rock, soul, whatever. He just believes in good music.
He blends those three styles on his new album, “American Dreamer,” and he’s now out on the road promoting it. He and his band will perform at JP’s on Jan. 16.
“You know, the genre I would’ve liked to have done in the 70s would’ve been more like rock, but country really soaked that in. It took that torch,” Weaver said in a phone interview with the Journal. “The hard part is, the gatekeepers still want to classify anything. My uphill battle is, where do I fit in? I just kinda do my thing and eventually, if it’s good enough, it’ll find its place somewhere.”
For now, Weaver can safely be classified as a rising star.
“American Dreamer” scored him rave reviews, and in just about all of them he’s called someone to watch.
Billboard called him “a star in the making.”
“The snowball’s getting bigger,” Weaver said. “We’re really excited to have these singles out.”
Weaver co-wrote all of the tracks on the album and it was produced by Josh Leo, who’s worked with the likes of Alabama, Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
But Weaver said he prefers the stage to the studio.
“I’m a live guy, through and through,” he said. “It’s where we get most of our fans. Studio singing and concert singing are two different things. There are people who sound awesome in the studio who can’t do two thirds of what they do (in the studio) live, and I’m the exact opposite.”
He’s happy to spend this year touring to promote “American Dreamer.”
“We’re going to play a lot of festivals. We’re going to do things we didn’t do before: opening up for country artists and getting on the road playing more shows,” he said. “I’m excited.”
• Who: Chris Weaver Band
• When: 7:30 p.m., Jan. 16
• Where: JP’s, Tupelo
• Cost: Free
• Info: (662) 842-7203