Chris Simmons lives with his wife and sons in Spokane, Washington, where he is a fair carpenter, a lousy fisherman and a fledgling mandolin player. He's also an avid reader and, his wife says, an overenthusiastic collector of bluegrass, classic and "alternative" country, blues and rock 'n' roll CDs.

Chris would live a happy life if acts like the Del McCoury Band and Altan would play in eastern Washington more often, and if Faith Hill and Tim McGraw would stay home.

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw fans can send hate mail here.

Stories by Chris include:

Blue Highway
Still Climbing Mountains

Steve Earle & the Del McCoury Band
The Mountain

James King
Thirty Years of Farming

Jim Lauderdale
The Other Sessions

The McKrells
Better Days

Don Rigsby
Empty Old Mailbox

IIIrd Tyme Out
John & Mary

Doc Watson
Foundation: The Doc Watson Guitar Instrumental Collection, 1964-1998

Kelly Willis
What I Deserve

James Lee Burke

Tim Powers

Merle Haggard (performance review)

Still Crazy (film)