Christopher Paul Stelling

Impassioned singer and virtuosic guitar player Christopher Paul Stelling is announcing his fifth album today. Titled Best of Luck, the Ben Harper produced record will be released on February 7 via ANTI.

Throughout Best of Luck, discontent and self doubt are transformed into messages of resilience and hope. 'Trouble Don't Follow Me' captures this perfectly, with an upbeat almost anthemic rhythm and soulful, gospel tinged vocals. 'It comes as no surprise to me that one of my most optimistic songs could be written in the most difficult hour,' Stelling says. 'When all I needed was a little hope and a song I could play night after night and not get tired of. Something that captured the basic recipe for endurance. A song about marching on, a warning to anything that might stand in your way, and needing to feel strong for the people around you, so you can inspire them to do the same.'

Harper says he instantly recognized a kindred spirit in Stelling's virtuosic finger picking and soulful delivery. 'It was like finding a John Fahey or Leo Kottke that was a really great singer,' he explains.
Best Of Luck is a supremely accessible and finely crafted record that deftly merges genres. Harper, who has previously produced records by Mavis Staples, Rickie Lee Jones, The Blind Boys of Alabama and others, recruited an all star rhythm section with Jimmy Paxson (Stevie Nicks, Dixie Chicks) on drums and upright bass player Mike Valerio (Randy Newman, LA Philharmonic) to lend a versatility and finesse. 'I really believe this record is the intersection where folk and soul meet,' Harper says.

Tour Dates

02-23-2020Rock Island, ILRozz Tox
02-25-2020Kansas City, MOminiBar
02-26-2020Fayetteville, ARRoots HQ
02-27-2020Dallas, TXSundown at Granada
02-28-2020Austin, TXThe Townsend Listening Room
03-01-2020Apache Junction, AZHouse Concert
03-03-2020San Diego, CASoda Bar
03-04-2020Los Angeles, CAThe Moroccan Lounge
03-05-2020San Francisco, CAAmado's
03-07-2020Seattle, WAConor Byrne Pub
03-08-2020Portland, ORMississippi Studios
03-13-2020Fort Collins, COMagic Rat
03-14-2020Denver, COTuft Theatre at Swallow Hill
03-17-2020St. Louis, MOOff Broadway
03-18-2020Memphis, TNLafayette's Music Room
03-19-2020Birmingham, ALSeasick Records
03-20-2020Decatur, GAEddie?s Attic
03-21-2020Asheville, NCAmbrose West
04-01-2020Odense, DKDexter
04-03-2020Berlin, DEPrivatclub
04-05-2020Utrecht, NLTivoliVredenburg
04-06-2020London, UKThe Old Blue Last
04-07-2020Chester, UKSt. Mary's Creative Space
04-08-2020Glasgow, UKBroadcast
04-10-2020Oostende, BEDeZwerver
04-11-2020Rotterdam, NLRotown
04-15-2020Milano, ITLegend Club
04-16-2020Torino, ITBlah Blah
04-17-2020Florence , ITArci Progresso
04-18-2020Ravenna, ITBoca Barranca
04-20-2020Langnau, CMKaptn Holger
04-22-2020Barberaz, FRLe Brin de Zinc
04-23-2020Nevers, FRLa Tavern
04-28-2020Barcelona, ESPCasa Gracia
04-29-2020Zaragoza, ESPRock & Blues Cafe
04-30-2020Madrid, ESPEl Intruso
05-01-2020Vigo, ESPRadar Estudios
05-02-2020Praga, PTTeatro Circo
05-08-2020Groningen, NLDer Aa Theater
07-10-2020Snowshoe, WV4848 Festival
07-11-2020Snowshoe, WV4848 Festival