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 like Chris Gantry, Shel Silverstein, Kris Kristofferson, Mickey Newbury, and Willie Nelson, who could interpret the pulse in the pavement, and document the whispers of the city with their words.



Friday October 5, 2018

Appearing as part of the

Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival

Flounders Chowder House

800 Quietwater Beach Rd

Gulf Breeze, FL 32561

8:15 pm Chris Gantry, Greg Crowe, Dave Gibson

Saturday October 6, 2018

Appearing as part of the

Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival

Casino Beach Bar and Grille

41 Fort Pickens Rd

Gulf Breeze, FL 32561

8:30 pm Chris Gantry, Greg Crowe, Jim Femino

Sunday October 7, 2018

Appearing as part of the

Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival

Bamboo Willie’s

1100 Quietwater Beach Rd

Pensacola Beach Florida 32561

3:00 pm Chris Gantry, Greg Crowe, Dave Gibson

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Appearing as part of the

Cafe Sober Music Festival Nashville

Bobby's Idle Hour

1028 16th Avenue, Nashville, Tn

$5 Suggested donation


Monday October 22, 2018

The Basement

1604 8th Ave S

Nashville, Tn

7:00 PM

An intimate evening with Chris Gantry: 

Stories, Songs and Such from the Godfather of Nashville Songwriting




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Chris' Latest Book RElease

"Gypsy dreamers in the alley"

In a collective stream of consciousness, Chris Gantry gives the reader an autobiographical look into the music business and into the 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. 



Foreword to

"Gypsy Dreamers in the Alley"

Kris Kristofferson:

"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 Gantry at the HOUSE OF CASH."

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Nashville Rhapsody
Chris Gantry

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


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 plays a significant part in the Outlaws and Armadillos: Country’s Roaring 70’s exhibit on display now at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tn.

Chris Gantry continues writing music with some of today's brightest stars and living the life of a Gypsy Dreamer. He performs regularly and will be touring this fall.


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Country Music hall of Fame


Leaving their mark

Chris Gantry and his fellow outlaw songwriters permanently changed the sound of Nashville.  The above photo of Chris with Shel Silverstein, Bob Beckham, and Kris Kristofferson as well as hundreds of other artifacts, are on display now at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's exhibit, Outlaws and Armadillos: Country's Roaring 70's.

As part of the exhibit, Chris Gantry was asked to play at the County Music Hall of Fame's Ford Theatre. 

Follow these links to catch the action of his sold out performance!





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