Chris Hennessee was born and raised in Decatur, Tennessee. He grewing up in a small town along the Tennessee River he spent all of his summers at the lake and his winters in the woods. “No matter where we were, we were surrounded by music. Whether Country, Bluegrass, Gospel or Southern Rock I loved it all and, the band I was in back in those days, played it all.” Chris moved to Nashville and quickly became part of the “Music Row Fraternity”. His first move was Nashville’s Lower Broadway music scene. It was there that he met a young Jamey Johnson who would play a large roll later in his career.
After meeting music producer Blake Chancey (Dixie Chicks, Montgomery Gentry, David Ball and many others) he signed a publishing and management deal with Tim McGraw’s management company RPM. He went on to have his songs recorded by Cody Johnson, Billy Currington, Cody Jinks, Sam Williams, Rodney Carrington, Kevin Fowler, Corey Morrow, Trent Willmon, and Roger Creager. Hennessee also had collaborations with The Wild Feathers featured on the hit TV show “Nashville”.
Chris Has released 5 full length albums in the last decade. “Revival” was released in 2012 and produced by acclaimed producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson and many more). His 4th studio album “Ramble” featured guest appearances by Jamey Johnson (Wrong End Of The Rainbow) Alison Krauss (Ramble) and The Wild Feathers (Midnight Run). The title track “Ramble” was also recorded by Outlaw rocker Cody Jinks on his album “The Wanting”. Chris’s latest album “Twilight in the South” was released in the summer of 2021.
These days he spends much of his time headlining shows across the country as well as spending time on the road with Jamey Johnson where he plays guitar as well as opening many of their shows. “Jamey has become the torch bearer for Outlaw and traditional country and it has been a great ride to share with him”, says Chris about touring with Johnson.