New EP Available for Pre-Order Now + Win a Private CtC Show

Hi, friends! A quick update from me. I’ve just arrived in Germany to start a bunch of shows in Europe, 10 weeks to be exact! Follow me on Instagram (@ctconquered) for loads of photos to come.

Mainly, I wanna tell you about a new EP I am releasing on January 29th, called I’m Not That Famous Yet. It features songs from my forthcoming album I’m Giving Up On Rock & Roll as well as brand new exclusive recordings! You can pre-order it now on iTunes and get a song immediately, or order it from Maximum Ames Records and get unlimited access to stream the full concert film of me supporting iconic singer-songwriter Leon Russell at the century-old Englert Theatre in Iowa City, Iowa, on October 10, 2015. This film was produced by Deft and is available exclusively through this offer.

On a related note, I am giving away a private show to someone who helps me spread the word about the new EP. Hit this link now for all the details. I’m really excited to share my new music with you, I hope you dig it! That giveaway is part of the 12 Days of Christopher, which is now wrapping up, but if you hit up my Facebook page you can find some cool new stuff, including a cover I did of Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" with a bunch of special guests! It's also on my Soundcloud.

Also, I’ve just posted a new episode of the Conquered 4 Life podcast, which features me and co-host Chris “The Genie” Biagini talking our adventures in life and art. This is the only place you can hear a new track from my forthcoming album! Subscribe on iTunes or listen here.

Oh, speaking of podcasts, I just uncovered this episode of a podcast called Fairly Local where they say really nice things about my music and my new single "I'm Giving Up On Rock & Roll!" 

Photo by Jacob Boll at The Hideout in Chicago.

Photo by Jacob Boll at The Hideout in Chicago.

Ok, last thing: big props to everyone who came out to my residency at The Slowdown in Omaha for the month of December! Some of you made it to all five shows, you are very cool, I think! Much love to the crew at Omaha Dispatch for calling my vocals "exceptional" and my "song prowess, transcendental."



New 7" + Videos + Europe Tour + More

Hi, friends!

It has been far too long since I’ve given y’all an update here, but it’s for good reasons…namely, I’ve been playing a whole lot of shows! And hell, that’s why I exist, so that’s good, right? Anyway, as the year ends, I figure it’s time to go over everything that’s been going down since September.

My new dance party 7"

My new dance party 7"

First of all, I’ve officially released a live album and a new 7” record, which features tunes from the I’m Giving Up On Rock & Roll sessions at Ardent Studios that didn’t make the album cut, but are still plenty stellar! You can order both of those in my store.

I also recently got some fun thoughts from folks around the country, including Washington D.C.'s Brightest Young Things, which said “There is something deeply off about everything that’s happening here and I’m 100% sold.“

If you care what anyone else who's not you is saying, hit this.

So yeah, I've been on tour, and recently I've gotten to play shows with Leon Russell, Martin Sexton, Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear, and Andrew Bird! Here's a few photos:

Me & Andrew Bird. Cool! Thanks, Andrew :)

Me & Andrew Bird. Cool! Thanks, Andrew :)

Opening for Leon Russell at Englert Theatre in Iowa City. Whoa! Leon is a hero of mine.

Opening for Leon Russell at Englert Theatre in Iowa City. Whoa! Leon is a hero of mine.

Also, I recorded a couple songs at Treehouse Studios in Chicago for Consequence of Sound, and they even filmed the suckers! Here's me singing Bob Dylan with a dash of Jackson 5.

Next up, I finish my residency at The Slowdown in Omaha (every Wednesday of this month, tickets here), then I head to Europe for 9 weeks of shows! When I get back in the spring, my new album will come out. I promise.

Me & The Genie doing research for  Conquered 4 Life  at Uncle Buck's Fishbowl.

Me & The Genie doing research for Conquered 4 Life at Uncle Buck's Fishbowl.

My podcast, Conquered 4 Life, is also still running strong…if you want the in-depth scoop on everything I think about everything, you can catch up here, or subscribe on iTunes.

Last thing: Someone recently sent me this video, which is a beautiful profile of a music lover in Iowa City who just happens to like my music. My album The Fate of A Good Man ends up making a notable appearance.


On My Final Day Music Video Debuts Via Consequence of Sound + Billboard Magazine Feature + Opening for Leon Russell & Tour + Conquered 4 Life + Lots of Other Videos

Consequence of Sound was super super nice enough to debut my new music video for the song "On My Final Day", which is on my forthcoming studio album I'm Giving Up On Rock & Roll. Here's the full CoS article. Pre-order the album here and get tons of rad extras, including a song written just for you!

In other news, Billboard Magazine was sweet to me and wrote this piece about my album, Ryan Adams, and Reddit and how those three things fit together.

If you wanna learn a bit more about everything that's been going on since Reddit helped me reach a ton of people (thanks, internet!), you can get the dirt on the newest episode of my podcast Conquered 4 Life. Subscribe on iTunes or check it out here. You can also stream via Soundcloud below.

Also, don't forget that I'm heading out on tour later this month, heading south from Iowa to Texas, across through Louisiana and up to Tennessee then around the Midwest! I'm also opening for Leon Russell in there! Holy hell, that makes me so excited to think about. Dates here. I'll be promoting my new live album A Passing Melody which you can pre-order here.

Here's 3 new live videos for ya if you need some convincing to come see a show!

That last video there comes with a really nice article by Hear Nebraska, read it here.

Ok, that's it. Oh, except for my Spotify playlist! Follow it, it rules! And follow my artist profile, too, yeah?



New Music Video + Pre-Order My Studio Album + The Mountain Goats Article + Fall Tour Dates + Conquered 4 Life Ep. 9

Lots of rad stuff happening in the last week, starting with the first of five videos for my forthcoming album I'm Giving Up On Rock & Roll. This one is for the song "What's the Name of the Town?" and my goal was to make at least one video my mom would like, so this one's for her! Watch it below or check out what had to say about it here.


If you haven't seen this yet, I am currently running an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds to make a two-minute movie musical to accompany another song from the album. One of the perks is my new studio album, on either vinyl, cd or digital! Also, this counts as an official pre-order so you will get loads of awesome stuff, including a song written personally for you by me. That's right, I'm going to write a song for every single person who pre-orders my album (well, the first 365...if we get more than that I might faint). Also, you can be in the video, or you can get a puppet (puppet face below)! Damn. YES. Please support the campaign here.


We also have a new episode of Conquered 4 Life ready for y'all, you can listen below, or better yet subscribe on iTunes (and please review/rate it positively!), or you can dig into the hardcore shit right here on my website. iTunes is best, though. In this episode, we talk about the immediate effect of the "Ryan Adams bump", which is pretty interesting (well, to me, at least), naming your band, and more! Check it! (Note: this was recorded before all of this Reddit business, we'll discuss that on the next episode.)



Regarding the Reddit thing: Last week, I wrote about how Ryan Adams posted about my music to a bunch of followers, which was very nice of him. Actually, it was incredibly fucking awesome of him. I thought it'd be interesting to quantify the effect of his share, and I just posted the results on Reddit. It kinda blew up, which was supremely unexpected. Check it out here! I will share more about this next week!


Ok - I am going on tour this fall. By myself! Please come be my friend. Here are all my dates from now through that tour, with some more shows to be added soon (links to tickets are here):

  • 8/14 - Cedar Falls, IA - The Octopus

  • 8/15 - Dubuque, IA - The Busted Lift

  • 8/20 - Omaha, NE - The Slowdown

  • 8/21 - Lincoln, NE - Knickerbockers

  • 8/22 - Waterloo, IA - Cedar Valley Pridefest

  • 8/22 - Waterloo, IA - CV PrideFest After Party at The Wedge

  • 9/04 - Minneapolis, MN - 331 Club

  • 9/18 - Indianola, IA - Simpson College

  • 9/19 - Kirksville, MO - Aquadome Presents

  • 9/24 - Winona, MN - Ed's No Name Bar

  • 9/26 - Des Moines, IA - Live Album Release Show at Salisbury Hous

  • 9/29 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Blue Note

  • 9/30 - Denton, TX - J&J's Pizza

  • 10/01 - Austin, TX - Hole In The Wall

  • 10/02 - Lafayette, LA - Artmosphere

  • 10/04 - Nashville, TN - City Winery

  • 10/05 - Athens, GA - Flicker Theatre

  • 10/07 - St. Louis, MO - Foam

  • 10/09 - Secret Show (Stay Tuned!) - Milwaukee, WI

  • 10/10 - Chicago, IL - Tonic Room

  • 10/15 - Columbia, MO - The Bridge


Next up: The Mountain Goats. One of my favorite musical artists. I wrote a very personal article about their album All Hail West Texas for Chicago-based Music. Defined. I'm really proud of it. You should read it.


Ack, so much to share. Here's an update to my weekly Spotify playlist, which starts with "Earth Angel" so you cannot go wrong!!!

Follow the playlist here and follow my artist profile here (that would really help me, by the way). Oh, by the way, thanks to everyone who is following me...we broke 250 so we can verify that shit! More badassery to come soon.



Love from Ryan Adams & Vice + My First IndieGoGo Campaign + QRO Mag Feature

I have never met Ryan Adams, but he's obviously an incredible rock and roller and he got his hands on an advance copy of my forthcoming album I'm Giving Up On Rock & Roll. I'm not giving up on his album Rock N Roll, though. It was super nice of him to shout out the disc on his Twitter and Instagram feeds. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram! And listen to the first single from the album below:


I also got some love from's Noisey today, along with 9 other great Iowa artists! The truth is there's 90 more great ones not mentioned here! Come to Iowa! Let's be friends! Read the full article here!


Ok, today is an important day because I've just launched my first ever crowdfunding campaign! I am working to make a 2-minute movie musical to accompany one of my new songs, "Everybody Rains", which is featured on my forthcoming studio album I'm Giving Up On Rock & Roll. Perks include copies of the album, the opportunity to be in the video, and a badass custom made puppet! Support the campaign now, if you can, or share it with others! Click here. It ends in one month.


Last month, I played a really fun fest in my hometown of Des Moines, Iowa called 80/35. QRO Mag was there and took some nice photos, check 'em out here!

And, as I do every week, I've updated my Spotify playlist. This is a big one! Everything from Shania Twain and Ariana Grande to Disney songs and Ween! Follow the playlist here, follow my artist profile here, and start listening to good music now!


I am real close to announcing a ton of shows for the fall, too. Stay tuned!



Sounds of Des Moines Feature + New Live Recording

My friend Stefan Fresk made a really nice video about me and my music for his series "Sounds of Des Moines". Check it out above, and watch more of his videos here.

Also, I just posted another track from my forthcoming experimental live album A Passing Melody. It's a recording of the song "I'll Stop Loving You", which originally appeared on my album You're Gonna Glow In the Dark. This version is way better, because it is performed on piano (which I actually know how to play) rather than guitar, and because Kyle Gowin plays a mind-blowing saxophone solo on it. Listen below, then pre-order the record here (it comes with loads of rad stuff!).

Lastly, I've updated my Spotify playlist with some incredible tune-age. Hit that shit. And also, do me a heavy and follow my artist profile (don't hold back).

peace and love, ringo style!


Race & Rock n Roll on Conquered 4 Life + More Upcoming Shows + Badass Spotify Playlist (You're Welcome) + Snapchat, Yo

Hey, friends!

So first up, we've got a new episode of my podcast Conquered 4 Life for you today. The episode is called "Thanks For All the Great Music, Racism!" I'm really excited to share it with you because it's the first episode in which we've had a guest. Our guest is MarKaus, a Des Moines via Atlanta rapper, who graces us with his very personal perspective on what it means to be an African-American black artist working in music today. We get pretty intimate on some topics, including the sensitivities of interracial relationships and the reality of the divide between cultures and communities that exists in all aspects of society, including the art world. Check it out below, or click here to listen/download and get links to all the stuff we talk about, or better yet, subscribe on iTunes!

In other news, I have a truly great update to my ongoing Spotify Playlist this week. I've made some really beautiful musical discoveries lately, like Kate Tempest and Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment (a la Chance the Rapper), and those plus a bunch of raunchy rock and roll, soul, and more are loaded up here. Give it a spin, follow the playlist, follow my artist profile, and let's win the war on shitty living together!

Ok, because I'm sad and lonely, I've just added another social media outlet through which I can pretend to have friends! So add me on Snapchat! It's ConqueredSnaps. I'll post intimate footage of things you may or may not want to see.

And a few reminders and other tidbits:

80/35 + Smithsonian Folkways Article + Upcoming Shows

Photo by Patrick Fuerstenau

Photo by Patrick Fuerstenau

Well shit, we just had a fantastic time at 80/35 music festival in our hometown of Des Moines on Saturday! We formed the greatest backup choir ever in the history of pop music (get the shirt here) and generally just got nasty with loads of new friends! Here's a vid of that choir just killing it (thanks, Dylan Boyle):

Plus, it was just the third show with our new guitarist Andrew Raes, who slayed so hard it led Chicago blog Music-Defined to say: 

"these dudes can play. Especially the lead guitarist, who was ripping off solos like a hustler playing three-card Monte." -Full Review and Pics Here

The show is decently summed up by this run of tweets (thanks, lovers):

Here's a few other pics (more to come soon!):

Those photos are by (from L-R, top to bottom) Lucas Moser (Aim for Saturn Photography), Joe Lawler (Juice Magazine), Bobby Nalean, Phil Thomson (80/35), Patrick Tape Fleming, Dylan Boyle.

There's also a video of me covering David Ackles and Bob Dylan in a post-show solo set for Iowa Public Radio right here.

Ok, moving on: I wrote an article for Smithsonian Folkways Magazine! Seriously, my nerd levels are bubbling over. It's called I Want the Signals, Not the Static: Tuning In To Traditional Music, and I guess I'm really proud of it. Haha, it's crazy to me that I even got to do this. Anyway, it's about the challenges musical artists face in communicating a unique perspective through the haze of music marketing. It also features some amazing Smithsonian music embedded for ya and really nice photos of me at home, in Italy, and more, all by my friends! I have to give major props to my editor Joan Hua at Smithsonian for helping me finish it! It started as a pretty big mess. Thanks, Joan! Read it here.

In other news, I've updated my weekly playlist! It rages pretty good. Follow the playlist and please totally follow my artist profile, too!

Ok, shit, there is so much going on this week. A few final reminders:

  • I've got more shows coming up soon, including in Iowa City and Chicago. Dates here.
  • You can pre-order my new live album right now (do it and get a bad ass fine art portrait of yourself!). Click here.
  • You can order tickets to the live album release show now. It'll take place on a million-dollar piano at Salisbury House in Des Moines, Iowa. Tickets are limited. Order here.
  • I have a really cool podcast. It's called Conquered 4 Life. It's about art and life and stuff. Listen to it! My friend Eddie Fieg (who is a fantastic graphic designer and illustrator) designed the logo and also just stayed with me all weekend and gave me a copy of his first book, which he just published! Love ya, Eddie.

And of course, plenty of love for all the rest of you.



Pre-Order Live Album + Release Show Tickets + Spotify Playlist

I'm so excited to finally begin sharing the first in a series of three releases that will begin this fall and go through early 2016, culminating with my new studio album! This first release an experimental live album, a musical self-portrait, if you will, that brings together recordings of my friends, my family, and songs from across my catalog (including stuff that isn't even on my new studio album) performed live on the priceless Salisbury Steinway grand piano in Des Moines, Iowa. Instead of chatting you up about it, how about you just watch the trailer for the album below and then take a listen to a track. Then you can pre-order here and get tons of awesome extras, as described in the image above!

The Salisbury House will also be hosting a one-night only release show on the piano on Saturday, September 26th. I'll be joined by featured album musicians Kyle Gowin on tenor saxophone and Tina Haase Findlay on accompanying vocals. The room where the concert will take place is built from the same 16th century oak as the piano, so guests will be sitting in a one-of-a-kind resonating instrument of a space! Tickets are very limited, get them here.

Last thing: I updated my weekly Spotify playlist with what's inspiring me this week, listen above and be sure to a) follow the playlist, and b) follow my artist profile! These jams are getting me pumped for 80/35 music festival, which I'll be playing in Des Moines this Saturday. Tickets here.

Live Album Pre-Orders + Special Shows + Fall Tour + Conquered 4 Life Episode 7: "Heather Be Thy Name"

My musical self-portrait/experimental live album A Passing Melody is officially being released on CD and on digital outlets worldwide (Europeans have had it since last November!) on October 2nd via Maximum Ames Records. Pre-orders start on Monday, July 6th and included an illustrated poster with original artwork by fine artist Jennifer Leatherby (check out her portrait of me below!), and exclusive booklet of correspondences between Steinway & Co. and Carl Weeks' estate (who commissioned the construction of the one-of-a-kind Steinway housed in 16th century English oak, the photo above is me right before the show!) from 1929-30, covering issues with construction and failure to pay (hello, Great Depression!), and YOUR portrait done in the style of the album art by Jennifer Leatherby. Yeah, you get your own portrait! You'll send us a pic and she will make it. That's crazy. Come back here or visit on Monday, July 6th to get all the details and to learn more about the release, which features recordings from that priceless piano, interviews with my grandmother, and more. For now, here's a track from the album:

To celebrate the release of the album, we are hosting a ridiculously special show in the room at Salisbury on that amazing piano (by the way, the room and the piano are made of the same wood, so they resonate in unison, it's cool), with the same musicians who recorded on it (Tina Haase Findlay & Kyle Gowin, yo yo!), and special guests We Are the Willows will be opening! Also Jennifer Leatherby will be there doing portraits. Tickets go on sale on Monday, July 6th on the Salisbury's website.

I'm always adding shows, coming up I'll be at 80/35 fest in Des Moines, Iowa, and also in Iowa City with Natalie Prass and Chicago with The Old Ceremony at Fizz. And a fall tour is coming, too! So I'll see ya out there! Shows are here.

I also just posted a new episode of Conquered 4 Life, called "Heather Be Thy Name". You can listen above, or subscribe on iTunes, or listen right here on my website and get all our content links (click here). 

We dig into:
-My new musical self-portrait/experimental live album that comes on October 2nd (pre-orders start on Monday, July 6th and come with an illustrated poster, exclusive booklet of letters, and YOUR portrait done in the style of the album art by Jennifer Leatherby)
-Radiation sickness from evil in the soil 'neath our feet
-Pants OFF Podcast (I can't help myself)
-Even more on Canby and his perceived relation to Maroon 5
-1000 true fans: The secret to why you keep listening to this stupid thing
-Ribald humor
-Tips on chillin' the heck out
-Two great jokes about two bands: The Police and Atreyu

Last thing: I'm trying to get my artist page on Spotify verified, but I need 250 followers! Click here to make it happen. For now I am curating a weekly playlist on my personal profile (click here), but we'll have all sorts of fun playlists on the artist page once we get that locked down!

And hey: #giveup