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CHRIS GANTRY

Chris Gantry was the gun powder in the pistol which fired the bullet of the outlaw movement.

In the '60s, the heart of Nashville beat with a strange rhythm few could understand;

It was a time of creativity and change; 

A collection of young men who could interpret the pulse in the pavement

 documented the whispers of the city with their words.

A FEW WORDS FROM...


 

Chris Gantry is the most consistent, dedicated, creative artist that I have ever known in my life.  I think he has never changed and to me, he has always represented what William Blake described in the artist; “if he who is organized by the divine spiritual communion, refuse and bury his talent in the earth even though he should want natural bread, sorrow and desperation will pursue him throughout life and after death shame and confusion of face to eternity”.  Chris Gantry lived up to that standard as an artist.

Chris captures, in this book, what Nashville represented to me at the time.  The freedom of it.  I’m lucky that I was friends with him.  He believed in the art form of song writer.  And for the right reasons.  It wasn’t for attention or for anything like that.  He was exuberant.  You know, just like his writing conveys. 

 

-Kris Kristofferson


the story

 
Right to left: Shel, Chris, Kris, and Johnny.

Right to left: Shel, Chris, Kris, and Johnny.

As a songwriter, a storyteller, and the original Nashville outlaw of the 60's, Chris Gantry has written over 1,000 songs.

Some of those stories were collaborations with Nashville's best - including Kris Kristofferson, Mel Tillis, Shel Silverstein, and Eddie Rabbit. Over 100 of his songs have been recorded by artists such as Johnny Cash, Reba McEntire, kd lang, Robert Goulet, Wayne Newton and others.

Gantry penned the American classic, Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife by Glen Campbell, which won three BMI honors including the Millionaire's Award for over two million performances. Gantry has written for Sony Music, Warner Chapel Music, Faverett Music Group.

In addition to songwriting, Chris is a prolific writer of prose, novels, and poetry. He won the Tennessee Williams Playwriting Contest with a collection of one-act plays entitled Teeth and Nails. Gantry has written several books including Father Duck Tales, a collection of short stories.

His recent autobiography, Gypsy Dreamers In The Alley, explores his life in the Nashville music business from his arrival to modern day. The book received glowing reviews from both the Tennessean and USA Today. Gantry currently writes for Cool Vibe Publishing.  

Chris Gantry continues writing music with some of today's brightest stars and living the life of a Gypsy Dreamer. Chris is available for performances and motivational engagements for youth organizations and churches. 

 

 

MUSIC

 

PRE-ORDER CHRIS GANTRY'S NEWEST EDITION TO HIS LEGACY, HOUSE OF CASH.

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Nashville Rhapsody
$8.99
Chris Gantry
 
 

Nashville Rhapsody, is an honest and compelling critique of modern day music city

 
 

Gypsy dreamers in the alley

In a collection of stream of consciousness, Chris Gantry gives the reader an exclusive autobiographical look into the music business and outlaw movement OF Nashville DURING the '60s. Praised by USA Today and The Tennessean, it is clear Gypsy Dreamers in the Alley integrates CHRIS' GIFT of songwriting into storytelling through this beautiful memoir. 

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IN ADDITION TO GYPSY DREAMERS IN THE ALLEY, CHRIS GANTRY HAS PUBLISHED MANY CHILDREN'S BOOKS ILLUSTRATED BY THERESA BURNS.

poetry

The Chihuahua Trilogy: Part 1

 

Keep up to date with Chris' poetry on Facebook and soon to come blog section

contact

Publisher: james aylward

cool vibe publishing

 
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