Christian Lee Hutson
About Christian Lee Hutson
A Los Angeles singer/songwriter with an acute gift for intimate and detailed introspection, Christian Lee Hutson threads through avenues of light Americana, smart indie pop, and lo-fi folk storytelling. Although he began his solo career in the early 2010s, he gained popularity as a writer and collaborator during the latter part of the decade, working on projects with Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers, the latter of whom helped produce Hutson's Anti- debut, Beginners, in 2020.
Growing up in Santa Monica, Hutson began playing guitar at the age of 12, attracted to the experimental homegrown indie folk of Elliott Smith. He later formed the Americana duo the Driftwood Singers with fellow songwriter Pearl Charles, and the duo released an independent album in 2012. Hutson made his solo debut a year later with The Hell with It, which he quickly followed in 2014 with Yeah Okay, I Know. Over the next several years, he toured occasionally, released a couple of EPs, and continued to sharpen his songcraft. After befriending fellow singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers in 2018, Hutson co-wrote several songs for the debut of Boygenius, the supergroup Bridgers formed with Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker. He also contributed to the Bridgers/Conor Oberst project Better Oblivion Community Center in 2019. Bridgers returned the favor the following year by co-producing Hutson's third album, Beginners. His first since being signed to the Anti- label, the 2020 release paired the songwriter's warm, intelligent folk style with delicate string and orchestral sections. ~ Timothy Monger