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A Musical Craftsman

Chris Staples' newest album American Soft was released earlier this year on Barsuk Records (cover art).


Singer-songwriter Chris Staples has spent much of his career as a backup musician for other artists. 

He has worked with Joshua Tillman, more commonly known as Father John Misty, Telekinesis and a few other indie acts. But when he isn't pursuing music he makes a living working in construction, which serendipitously helped refuel his musical career. It led him to meet Josh Rosenfeld, the co-founder and head of Seattle’s renowned Barsuk Records

Host Frank Stasio talks with Chris Staples about his career and fortuitous meetings, and Staples will perform music from his latest album, American Soft, live in studio.

Staples released an official video for "Hold Onto Something" that can be viewed below.

Chris Staples also did a live performance at KEXP after the release of his album that can be viewed via Youtube (below).

Hady Mawajdeh is a native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio. He listened to Fresh Air growing up and fell in love with public radio. He earned his B.A. in Mass Communication at Texas State University and specialized in electronic media. He worked at NPR affiliate stations KUT and KUTX in Austin, Texas as an intern, producer, social media coordinator, and a late-night deejay.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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