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with Chris August By Caroline Lusk
Suffice it to say that Chris August has taken the industry
by storm. His first single, “Starry Night” is enjoying a
lofty stay at the top of the charts and he’s gearing up
to hit the road with Point of Grace for a Christmas tour.
His lyrics are poignant, his melodies infectious and his
testimony candid and transparent. Beyond all that,
though, is a serious musician with some serious gear.
CCM caught up with him for the inside scoop on what he’s
playing and using to bring his music to life.
CCM: When you’re in the studio, what are your go-tos?
Chris: I use a Protools HD3 rig, a Big Ben Word Clock, a
Millennia Stt-I pre-amp and a U87 microphone. It’s an
industry standard. It can record anyone and make them
CCM: What about guitars? Do you use the same for live
and studio performances? Or do you switch it up?
Chris: For recording, I use a Martin HD-28V. Live, I play a
Tom Anderson Crowdster which is actually David Crowder’s
CCM: You don’t just play guitar… what’s your preference
when it comes to keys?
Chris: I have two Wurlis that I use for recording. I also use
computer generated sound/soft synths.
CCM: Was there a particular sound you were going for on
the album [No Far Away]?
Chris: I just wanted it to sound awesome (ha ha)… was
going for a raw but polished feel.
CCM: What’s on your wish list? Anything out there you’ve
got your eye on?
Chris: I want the new Rhodes 7 [electric piano]. But they’re
like $5,000… so… yeah. I’ll stick with my Wurlis for now.
takes us inside his gear collection
For more on Chris, check out www.ChrisAugustMusic.com and be on the lookout for
his newest single hitting airwaves in early 2011.
CCM: Hypothetically, I want to go find a new guitar…
Chris: Well, first, everyone should listen to the song
“Guitar Shopping” by David Wilcox, who is one of my
favorite songwriters of all time. And then, just find one
that feels good and is easy to play. If you’re new, start
out with light strings so you don’t tear your hands up!