Chris Stuart is a songwriter, writer, guitarist, and old-time banjo player.
He is a winner of the Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest in both bluegrass and gospel categories. His songs have been recorded by Claire Lynch ("Paul and Peter Walked,"Thibodaux," "God Spoke His Name"), Dale Ann Bradley ("Julia Belle"), Danny Paisley (Don't Throw Mama's Flowers Away"), Larry Cordle ("First Train Robbery"), Michael Cleveland ("Farewell for a Little While,"), Bobby Osborne ("Shenandoah Wind"), and Doyle Lawson ("When the Last of Our Days Shall Come"), Sally Jones ("Saro"), Eric Uglum ("Old Road to Jerusalem") and others.
In 2009, with co-writer Ivan Rosenberg, Chris received the award for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Song of the Year for "Don't Throw Mama's Flowers Away," recorded by Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass. He has taught rhythm guitar and songwriting at the British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop, the American River Music Camp, the California Bluegrass Association music camp, Sorefingers Bluegrass Week in the UK, and the Augusta Heritage workshop in West Virginia. He has toured the US, Canada, Europe and the Middle East with Chris Stuart & Backcountry, and has released three band albums and a solo CD.