on the record: 13 CMJ acts

by Fritswa Baffour, Laura Kusnyer and Jonathan Zeller, 10/06/2009

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  • Chris Barron (lead singer of Spin Doctors; performing with Chris Barron & Friends)
    Age: 41
    Where do you live? Upper West Side
    What's your style of music? Exile on Main Street meets The Last Waltz.
    Site of your first NYC performance: Nightingale Lounge on Second Avenue near 13th Street. It's a lounge now, but back then it was a dangerous dive bar.
    Favorite venue to hear live music: The Beacon Theatre
    Best band in NYC right now: I have to say my band, right?
    What can we expect at your CMJ show? We'll be playing some Spin Docs faves; tunes off my current record, Pancho and the Kid; and some new tunes. And drinking a little Jack Daniels.
    How did your vocal cord paralysis and recovery change you as a musician and a person? It made me realize that singing is truly a gift, as in a present that was somehow bestowed to me and could just as easily be taken away—so I'm even more careful than ever not to take it for granted.

    Chris Barron & Friends play Sullivan Hall on October 21. Hear Chris' music at

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