Chris is known for his musical intuition, professionalism, creative drive and solid roots chops. He toured extensively with his first band Jambay with feature appearances on the HORDE tour. In the years following Chris played lead guitar and collaborated with several high profile artists including Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), Ken Kesey, Sean Penn, and Grammy winning producer Ted Templeman. Chris has released four highly acclaimed albums as a solo artist, and performs regularly leading his own electric and acoustic bands. His most recent record, Falling Water Shimmering Strings (Real Music label) highlights Chris' signature acoustic slide sound. 

When not playing music, you might find Chris surfing cold, majestic waves in Northern California.


"Haunting and other worldly, like a time capsule from a lost kingdom. Perhaps Atlantis." — SF Chronicle

"Chris Haugen is in total harmony with his musical soul, in his ability to create such a marvelous work of timeless musical ecstasy. Falling Water, Shimmering Strings emphasizes the sheer quality of artists and music upon the Real Music record label, absolutely recommended."  — Steve Sheppard, One World Music

"Haugen's creativity abounds through a variety of guitars, Weissenborn, lap steel, and banjo combining to conjure flavors of India while Haugen’s countless hours with the ocean gently reveal some of surfing's allure" — Real Music

"...sounds like waves breaking in Malibu or Marin County.”  — Midwest Records

Collaborations and Performances

JJ Cale, Taj Mahal, Derek Trucks, Dave Schools (Wide Spread Panic), Glen Tilbrook (Squeeze), Bob Weir, Theresa Andersson, Steve Kimock, Maria Muldaur, Michael Kang, (String Cheese Incident Simon Lott (C. Hunter),  Wally Ingram (Sheryl Crow), Jerry Hannan, Juan Nelson (Ben Harper), Jason Yates (Ben Harper), Mark De Gli Antoni (David Byrne, Soul Coughing), Leon Mobley (Ben Harper), Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck), Darol Anger, Reed Mathis, Will Bernard, Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), Samantha Stollenwerk, Trevor Garrod, Eric McFadden, Matthew Moon, Charlie Musselwhite, Eric Krasno (Soul Live), Jeff Sipe (Trey Anastasio), Les Claypool, Chris Goldsmith (producer), Ted Templeman (producer), George Daly (producer), Tea Leaf Green, Radiators, String Cheese, Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Anders Osborne.