• Christopher Gold

  • House Shows

    House shows are some of my favorite shows to play. Basically you invite some friends to your house, I play 60-90 minutes, and then we hang out until it's time to go home. People are welcome to make requests and ask questions, I tell stories, sing songs, and we have a few laughs. The starting price is 200 bucks and it's always a great time. Email christopher@christophergold.com to book a show and check out the video below for more info and little background on why the heck I love these so much.

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  • Live

    June 8

    Fox River House in Appleton, WI

     

    June 10

    Houdini Plaza in Appleton

    Playing at noon to benefit Feeding America

     

    June 13

    McFleshman's in Appleton, WI

     

    June 15

    Linneman's in Milwaukee, WI

    *Playing Bass w. Zach Pietrini

     

    June 17

    Vines & Rushes in Ripon

    A Benefit for Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services

     

    June 20

    Badger State Brewing Co.

    Playing Solo and Playing Bass w. Zach Pietrini

     

    July 1

    Bazil's in Appleton, WI

     

    July 4

    Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI

    Playing Bass w. Zach Pietrini

     

    July 6

    Vines & Rushes in Ripon, WI

     

    July 13

    Sway Brewing & Blending in Bailey's Harbor, WI

     

    July 27

    Art in the Park in Appleton, WI

     

    July 31

    Private Event

     

    August 1

    Mile of Music in Appleton WI

     

    August 2

    Mile of Music in Appleton WI

     

    August 3

    Mile of Music in Appleton WI

     

    August 4

    Mile of Music in Appleton WI

     

    August 7

    Milwaukee, WI

    Playing Bass w. Zach Pietrini

     

    September 28

    Sway Brewing & Blending in Bailey's Harbor, WI

  • Listen to the radio show "Backstories"
    Sundays at 7pm!

    Tune in to 91.1fm or listen online, on your phone, anywhere

  • STORE

    Music, Shirts, and more from your friendly neighborhood Christopher
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    If you are outside the U.S.A. and would like to order something please send an email to christopher@christophergold.com and we'll get it figured out.

    Lyric Book

    Lyric Book

    $25.00
    "I Wrote Some Songs About Home, I Wrote Some Songs About Ghosts: Selected Lyrics 2012-2020"

    The printed lyrics to 109 songs and an intro written in 2020. Contains the lyrics to some songs that are currently unreleased.
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    "Sprawl" 3 disc set

    "Sprawl" 3 disc set

    $25.00
    27 songs ranging from folk to country to rock & roll collected on 3 discs.

    Featuring the songs "Something More" "Colorado Quarter" "Fellow Traveler" and more.
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    "Whichever Way Home" CD

    "Whichever Way Home" CD

    $15.00
    The third album with The New Old Things.

    Features "Roll On" "Winter Wind" and "Girls in their Dresses"
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    Guitar Wrench Logo Shirt

    Guitar Wrench Logo Shirt

    $25.00
    We reprinted the first ever Christopher Gold t-shirt. Lovingly designed by Chad Brady.
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    Can Koozie

    Can Koozie

    $5.00
    Stay hydrated.
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    Buffalocamotive T Shirt

    Buffalocamotive T Shirt

    $20.00
    Sold out! Thanks!

    White on Black.

    Available in small, medium, large, XL, and XXL.
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    Panther T Shirt

    Panther T Shirt

    $20.00
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    Gold on Navy Blue.

    Available in XL only.

    Kid not included.
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    Cowboy T Shirt

    Cowboy T Shirt

    $20.00
    Yellow on brown.

    Available in small, medium, large, and extra large.

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  • Bio

    SHORT VERSION:
    Christopher Gold is a Kentucky-born songwriter living in Wisconsin. Together with his band The New Old Things he has written and recorded folk songs, country songs, rock & roll songs, and everything in between citing a love for songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, John Prine, and anybody else whose work begins with paper and pen. He travels primarily as a solo act, carrying on the folk tradition of performances that blend music, storytelling, and humor.

    LONG VERSION:
    I hate bios. I’m told that they are important, but I hate them. It’s always some horrible piece of fluff written by the very person it is about, but written in third person to try to fool the reader into thinking that anyone other than the subject themselves thinks they are “taking the scene by storm” or some such nonsense. But my main problem with a bio, on a personal level, is that it doesn’t talk about what you’re doing; it talks about what you’ve done. And what I’ve done is never as interesting to me as what I’m doing or what I’m getting ready to do.

    What I’m typically getting ready to do is play a show or make a record. And that sounds way more exciting to me than the fact that I’ve put out a bunch of other records and played a bunch of other shows. A lot of the things that I’ve done were exciting at the time, and they are memories that I cherish, but they’re not things that I hope define me. If I’m anything beyond a husband and a father, I’d like to think that I’m a songwriter. And I write a lot of them. I once heard somebody say that you can’t call yourself something unless you do it regularly and often, so I’m a songwriter.

    These last few years I’ve been averaging a record about every 9 months. The last time somebody told me that was really something, I reminded them that my lovely wife made our beautiful boy in 9 months, so 10 songs shouldn’t really be all that impressive. But I hope people like them.

    That said, if you must know a little history, I was born in Owensboro, Kentucky. I moved a lot as a kid, but spent a big chunk of time in Wyoming before settling in Wisconsin. It’s cold here in a way that I’ve never gotten used to, but I live in a town with good schools, great friends, and an excellent record store. I played in garage bands and punk bands and metal bands and I love all of those things still, but folk/country/bluegrass has always dominated the largest part of my musical heart. It's one of many things that I'm happy to share with my dad. I recorded my first solo record in my basement. In the spirit of progress I recorded the second one in my bedroom. The third one was done in the back room of a recording studio, and by the fourth I had moved to an actual studio. I do my stuff live over the course of a day or two the way Dylan and Petty did. Everybody did it that way. And I like it. I think we get something special when we all play together. And by “we” I mean whichever group of people is playing with me under the name The New Old Things.

    I play a lot of shows and I feel very fortunate to have played some of those shows with some truly wonderful musicians and people. I’ve gotten to share stages with Rodney Crowell, Justin Townes Earle, Chuck Ragan, William Elliott Whitmore, Austin Lucas, Charlie Parr, Mandolin Orange, Jamestown Revival, and a whole bunch of others. I got to travel back home to Owensboro to play ROMP Fest with people like John Prine, Punch Brothers, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, and a long list of talented folks. I even won the Wisconsin Area Music Industry award for singer/songwriter of the year. Awards for art are weird, and sometimes even calling what I do “art” is weird, but it was flattering and nice.

     

    But still, for me it is always going to be about songs. There are old ones, there are these ones, and there will be new ones. And I would love to come play them for you sometime.

  • Video

    Sad Songs

    From the album "You Are a Ghost" available 5/17/16

    Sad Songs

    From the album "You Are a Ghost" available 5/17/16

    Roll On with Oliver

    Download this song at https://christophergold.bandcamp.com/track/roll-on-feat-oliver-gold

    Winter Wind

    "Winter Wind" the first single from the new album "Whichever Way Home" out on May 13.

    Roll On

    "Roll On" the second single from the new album "Whichever Way Home" out on May 13.

    Girls in their Dresses

    "Girls in their Dresses" the third single from the new album "Whichever Way Home" out on May 13.

  • Contact

    Booking inquiries, random questions, glowing compliments

  • The 13th Annual Toy Drive!!

    A Tribute to Willie Nelson!!!

     

    Look out, I'm gonna ramble.

     

    The 13th Annual Toy Drive is officially in the books. We collected 481 items including toys, toiletries, and all of the other things that will hopefully make the holidays joyous and stress free for some people that could really use a break. Every one of those items came from people like you, and for that I thank you sincerely. That puts our 13 year total at around 3,500 toys and items, and that’s pretty incredible.

     

    It can be tricky to calculate exactly how much money was raised because some donations are made before and after the event, but here’s what I can tell you. At the end of the night I handed $6,835 to the CEO of Harbor House, I was made aware of an online donation the morning of, and we found 7 bucks in the drum by the door at the end of the night, which Tori and I delivered to Harbor House on Monday because 100% of the proceeds means ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE PROCEEDS, even if I have to hand deliver 7 dollars in cash a few days later. I can tell you, it would have been a strange feeling donating 7 dollars, but I had a check with me too.

     

    About the check. In the first 12 years the Toy Drive has raised over $42,500. I got it in my head that it would be pretty neat if we hit 50K this year, and I said so on stage, but honestly I assumed we’d probably fall a bit short and hit that goal next year. Thing is, after the event my friends Adam and Annette asked how close we were to our goal and when I told them they offered a check for $650. Incredible. I can say with near certainty that they didn’t think I was gonna tell the whole internet, but I just did. Some people have donated and asked to be kept quiet, but if you don’t specifically ask me not to say something then I’m gonna have a little parade for you. The world is full of plenty of bummer news, so when people help this event I’m pretty keen to shout it from the rooftops.

     

    So, all told, the 13th Annual Toy Drive raised $7,517, bringing our 13 year total to something in the ballpark of $50,017. I will forever kick myself for not keeping better records in the early years, but knowing we’ve raised over fifty thousand dollars is mind blowing, and I’m so grateful to everyone involved.

     

    To that end, let’s thank some folks:

     

    The employees and volunteers at Harbor House are doing incredible work year round in the face of incalculable suffering and resistance and apathy, and they do most of it without a spotlight or applause or getting to sing a single Willie Nelson song. I can’t even imagine how hard that job is, but I know it’s sadly necessary and they deserve all of our thanks and admiration for doing it.

     

    Cory Arndt, Matt Blake, Victor James, Zach Pietrini, Justin Regner, and Oliver Friggin' Gold brought so much talent and enthusiasm to the night with their performances and they did it all for free and I’m so grateful to them.

     

    Chad Brady yet again made an amazing portrait and this year he hand delivered it to me all the way from Arizona. Chad’s donations of art over the years have made the event extra special and have been responsible for a big chunk of the money we’ve raised. I love him and if you ever see him out in the world I hope you tell him you love him too.

     

    We raffled off a bunch of stuff from a bunch of wonderful businesses run by very wonderful people. Acoca, Basil Cafe, Beatnik Betty’s, Blue Moon Emporium, Bowl 91, Clary Collection, Eroding Winds, Mark Evans, McFleshman’s, Mike’s Music and Sound, Silver Tuna Tattoos, and 3 Sheeps were all so generous and are all very deserving of your support. In a world where too many businesses are only interested in what they can take from a community it is worth celebrating the ones that want to contribute. If you find yourself spending some money with these fine folks give them a little thank you and feel good about where your money is going.

     

    I would do this event on a street corner if I had to, but it hasn’t come to that yet thanks to Gibson Community Music Hall and the generosity of Dave, Hoff, and Jake and everyone else who was so happy to lend a hand, including my in-laws! Thanks to all of ya! My mother in-law even made what I have to assume is about 100 pounds of fudge for people, including every musician that performed.

     

    Finally, crucially, thanks to Tori and Oliver. They work hard and put up with a lot and provide so much in the way of support and encouragement and I can’t imagine doing this (or much of anything else, really) without them. It truly is a family event for us. Also, Ollie had never played “On the Road Again” but I asked him to come up and he did, and in doing so he perfectly captured the spirit of this event. You do what you can, where you can, and you hope it helps. I’m a lucky man and life is sweeter because I share it with them.

     

    And of course, Willie. For the songs, for the writing, for being one of my favorite people. I spent five minutes on stage at the event reading from one of my all-time favorite books, “The Tao of Willie” and the last bit of what I read was:

     

    “There comes a time in each of our lives when we have the opportunity to reach out and turn the switch that will change darkness to light. All we have to do is slow down, remember who we are and who we want to be. All we have to do is make those connections to our fellow man and to the world around us. Then we have to reach out and turn that switch. I can’t tell you where the switch is, or when you might be able to find it; I can’t guarantee that it will work the first or the second or even the third time you try it. I just know that it’s there, waiting for you. I’m just an old cowboy poet, a song singer on the road of life. I don’t know as much as I could, but I do know that if you’ve come this far with me, then you are my friend. And I hope that each of us finds our way.”

     

    Sometimes, in the face of hopelessness or anxiety or depression I find that the answer is to zoom out, as far as you have to. Let yourself get small and hope that your problems get small. It’s a vast universe, time is a construct, all that jazz. But other times the answer is to zoom in. Your town, your community, your street, your family. You shovel someones driveway and suddenly the world is just a little nicer. That’s what the Toy Drive is. It’s not a world changer and I know that. Other events raise more money in less time and I know that too. But I hope this event makes people think about the world around them, makes them think about how they can help, reminds them that help is there if they need it, and makes them feel like what they do matters.

     

    So thanks.

     

    To all of you, for everything.

     

    visit www.harborhousewi.org to learn more about the important work they do.

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