Arellano’s Nuevo Americana on display at Wildwood Sound


Chris Arellano’s deeply personal Americana weaves together the Norteno music of his Northern New Mexico upbringing with Alternative Country and Blues influences-for a signature style that he calls Nuevo Americana. Fused with song and story, Spanish and English, his transcendent lyrics move listeners with emotion and passion.

To understand his unique musical perspective and sound its best to start with his early influences growing up in Costilla, N.M.  part of a musical family. When Arellano was 8 he joined his father Jake (guitarist singer/songwriter) his mother Henrietta (vocalist) and his 11 year old brother Rodney (bass) in the family band. The family played music together throughout Northern New Mexico and Colorado until the loss of his father Jake when Arellano was 12. During the sad period following his fathers death, Arellano immersed himself in his fathers instrument of choice, the guitar, and his love affair with stringed instruments began.

His ability to play multiple stringed instruments kept him busy as a Nashville session musician and producer. In 1996 Arellano and drummer Kenny Cox of Drifters Wind, auditioned and ended up touring with Steve Forberts Warner Bros. release of Rocking Horse Head Tour. Playing on Premier stages across the country and appearing on televison in New York City.

In 2001 Arellano moved to Oregon and opened MusiCafe Rock School where he found a passion for teaching music, working with students of all ages. Arellano is a highly sought after music instructor in the Pacific Northwest and in 2012 he began a yearly summer music camp in his New Mexico hometown. Arellano enjoys giving back to his community through volunteerism, teaching songwriting, instrumentation, and recording classes through the local school district.

Tickets are $20 at the door of Wildwood Sound and can be reserved by calling 719-657-4757 or email at [email protected]  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music will start around 7 p.m.  Bring your favorite treat to share with coffee and tea on the house. 

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