Christian Lee Hutson - Beginners
“With the help of Phoebe Bridgers, Conor Oberst, and others, this career collaborator steps into the spotlight with a stunningly empathetic study of human frailties.” – Pitchfork album review (7.8)
“Christian Lee Hutson’s Beginners, produced by indie powerhouse Phoebe Bridgers, explores the messy depths of love and growing up. It’s the L.A folk rocker’s debut album, but it doesn’t sound like it. These are songs written with an eye for sharp-tongued nostalgia with understated delivery.” – Exclaim! (8/10)
The buzz around CHRISTIAN LEE HUTSON started in earnest in 2018 after he began his collaborative friendship with singer Phoebe Bridgers. Hutson co-wrote songs with Bridgers for both the EP of supergroup boygenius ( ft. Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus) and her 2019 release with Conor Oberst, Better Oblivion Community Center. The emerging folk artist received further critical attention after Bridgers invited him to Eaux Claires Festival last July, where he performed a solo set and earned praise from festival host Bon Iver.
Eventually, Bridgers asked if she could produce an album for him. Engineered and mixed by Joseph Lorge (Blake Mills, Perfume Genius), the forthcoming release also features contributions from Bright Eyes pianist Nathaniel Walcott.
To merely call Christian Lee Hutson an old soul would be to deny the vibrancy of his sound. Hutson writes songs that the SF Bay Guardian describes as, ”… Foreboding, bluesy love ballads laden with longing nostalgia.”