Through his unique and tasteful style, Grammy® Award nominee Chris Maresh has firmly established himself as one of the most in demand studio and live performance musicians in Austin, Texas.
Over the past 30 years, Chris has performed on more than 200 albums. A major career breakthrough was his 10 years association with guitar legend Eric Johnson and his side project Alien Love Child where his composition “Rain” was nominated at the 44th Grammy® Award’s for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 2002.
As a virtuoso bassist and composer, Chris Maresh began his professional music career in Austin, Texas in 1984 after receiving a BM in Applied Double Bass Performance with an Emphasis in Jazz Performance from the University of Texas in Austin. He has released two solo albums of original compositions, “Tomorrow“ and “Side Street“. Over the years Chris has performed and recorded with artists and organizations including the Austin Symphony, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Pinetop Perkins, Mitch Watkins, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Marcia Ball, Michael McDonald, Monte Montgomery, Ferenc Illenyi, Kellye Gray, Ellis Marsalis, just to name a few.
In 2002, 2005 and 2006 Chris was named “Bass Player of the Year” at the Austin Chronicle Music Awards at the SXSW Music Festival. He has appeared on Eric Clapton’s “Crossroads” Festival DVD and Eric Johnson’s, “Live at the Grove“ DVD. Recordings for movie soundtracks include Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids 2 and Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Nora Ephron's Michael, Mark Illsley's Happy Texas, and Peter Howitt's Sliding Doors.
Chris was also chosen to be interviewed in a promotional video as part of the 60th Anniversary of the Fender Precision Bass 2011.
Between tours, Chris lives in Austin, as a session bass player, participating on major live and recording projects. He is also a guest lecturer at the Austin MediaTech Institute.
- bio and pix excerpted from Chris's Facebook page