Chris Volpe: 'Shoes' San Franciscan songwriter Chris Volpe plays spare folk songs that reflect on his life as as a "refugee" in his own country. From picking up everything and moving to New York City, to feeling the inherent loneliness in the vast landscape of the United States, Volpe's music is personal and intimate.
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Chris Volpe is a San Franciscan singer-songwriter whose introspective writing delves into his personal experiences with feeling like a "refugee" in his own country.

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As Volpe sings, "I roam alone and restless, a ghost through the alleyways," he reflects on his encounters after "giving up everyone and everything" to move to New York City, a rite of passage for many musicians and artists. There is a haunting sense of loneliness to Volpe's songs as he thoughtfully explores the vast American landscape.

Volpe is earning recognition for his self-taught, self-made and self-released music. He recently won an Independent Music Award for Best Folk Singer of 2006 in a competition judged by the likes of Norah Jones, Melissa Etheridge and Bill Wyman.

The featured track on Volpeā€™s Refugee Blues is "Shoes."