chris haugen

New album "First Light" for your grammy consideration



Chris Haugen is a staple in the San Francisco music scene, having performed and published music with Phil Lesh, Ken Kesey, and Sean Penn. He has also published 50 commissioned songs on the YouTube Audio Library. 

Chris' music draws deeply on his 30 year yoga practice, and surfing in Northern California. His personal hi-light is having accompanied Gerry Lopez, surf legend and yogi, at his yin yoga class at Wanderlust. Chris plays several stringed instruments, and is best known for slide guitar. His new album "First Light" was released June 5. Although originally intended as a surfing reference, when you wait on the beach for enough light to paddle out, the idea of darkness turning to light has taken on new meaning with the changes in our world. This album is a deep meditation steeped in hope and vision, with the intent of bringing a sense of calm and connection to listeners.


"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, Jambay, Mike Sugar, Shelley Doty, Matt Butler, Everyone Orchestra, Go By Ocean, ALO, Phil Lesh, Maria Muldaur, Michael Kang, Simon Lott ,  Wally Ingram (Sheryl Crow), Jerry Hannan, Juan Nelson (Ben Harper), Jason Yates (Ben Harper), Adam Topol (Jack Johnson), Tom Freund, Zach Gill, Mark De Gli Antoni (David Byrne, Soul Coughing), Leon Mobley (Ben Harper), Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck), Darol Anger, Steve Adams, 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 Incident, Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Anders Osborne.

Questions, comments, projects? You can email Chris at and he will reply.