Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Christopher
Hawley lives in Venice, California, surfs, and plays rock and roll
blues music with his band, The Rollers. This winter, he’s planning a
tour of ski towns. Hawley frequents the types of places where you can
come as you are—whether you’re wearing ski pants or your surf trunks.
Caroline Gleich caught up with him and his band at a beach-bum bar
steps from the sand in Venice, California, to ask about his plans for
What ski towns will you hit up on tour this winter?
dates are January 22, 23, and 28 at the Spur in Park City and the
Wasatch Brewpub on the 24th for Sundance. Then I’m heading up to Idaho,
playing at Whiskey Jaques in Sun Valley on February 6. I’m hoping to
get to Montana and Wyoming this year too. I’ve also played Taos Ski
Valley—had an epic day there. All these locals took me under their wing
and showed me the mountain.
It sounds like your tour is just an excuse to go to the mountains, ski, and get free passes…
kind of an added bonus, but I feel like the folks up there relate to my
music. There’s just a consistent vibe with all these places where
people are skiing.
And that vibe is?
Kind of an independent, open
mindset. It’s people who love nature, who are inspired by it. And
that’s definitely where I’m coming from with my music.
So far, where’s your favorite place to ski?
I love Snowmass but I think I’d have to say Alta. Zermatt is also
cool—it’s very different but at the same time, it’s a sick mountain.
You’ve played Alta’s spring festival and Hinano in Venice Beach. How do you compare the ski audience to the L.A. audience?
west side of L.A. is kind of like one big ski town, except it’s on the
ocean. The surf vibe definitely permeates this area and parallels the
ski town atmosphere. I moved here from a ski town, and I meet people
all the time who have done the same thing. So I guess the audiences in
both places are similar in the way they respond.
To find out more and to keep updated on the tour schedule, go to www.christopherhawley.net.