Chris Bathgate On World Cafe
Chris Bathgate is a singer-songwriter from Ann Arbor, Mich., whose melancholy indie-folk has earned him a loyal following in the Midwest and beyond. His stark yet lovely new album, Salt Year, has been compared to like-minded songwriters Damien Jurado and Will Oldham.
Salt Year is a reflection on a dark period in Bathgate's life, the titular "salt year." Although Bathgate struggled to complete the album, the result was worth the effort.
On today's World Cafe, hear Bathgate and his band perform live and discuss the story behind what Bathgate calls "the most difficult record I've made to date."