Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter Chris Brecht is an up-and-comer who stays true to his troubadour roots even as his career is beginning to bring material success.
Brecht will team up with several members of the locally popular Taos-based Brent Berry Band at 8 p.m. Thursday at Steamworks.
It's one stop on a whirlwind tour Brecht calls "Five Nights in July" that will take him from Trinidad to Fort Collins to Denver to Durango before finishing in Taos with nary a night off in between.
His vocal style is a cross between Bob Dylan and the prototypical alt-country sound associated with bands such as The Old 97's and Wilco.
Singing about trains, love and life on the road, his songs are reminiscent of Tom Waits, but can be understood by the naked ear, and he sings an octave or two higher.
Brecht says he still "sings my songs in strange towns," traveling by highway and train and sleeping on sofas and staying in slightly better motels.
Obviously, he'll have to stick to the highway on his way down to Durango from Denver, but he's a true calloused road warrior and the hard travel augments, not hinders, his live shows.
"It was when I had no money that I decided that music is what I am supposed to do.," Brecht said. "I go out there, coffee-blooded and in the back of the night, playing shows for the sake of my soul."