Based out of Brooklyn, New York, born in Daytona Beach, Florida, and raised on a healthy diet of John Fahey, Van Morrison, Mississippi John Hurt, Waylon Jennings, Bob Dylan, Roscoe Holcomb, and Skip James, singer/songwriter and virtuoso finger picker Christopher Paul Stelling crafts timeless-sounding acoustic confections that draw from all corners of the American roots music spectrum. Stelling earned critical accolades for his 2012 debut long-player, Songs of Praise and Scorn, with critics citing both his soulful songwriting, which is steeped in blues, country, and folk, and technical acumen. 2013's False Cities saw Stelling embarking on his first European tour, and by the time his third studio album, the Anti-issued Labor Against Haste, hit the streets in 2015, he had played over 400 shows at home and abroad in a three-year period. Continuing a pattern of relentless touring and regular album releases, he followed it with Itinerant Arias in 2017. His first LP to feature a backing band, it was inspired by the sociopolitical tensions he witnessed at home and abroad.