What’s your favorite Christmas memory?
I have a lot of great Christmas memories. Mom used to decorate our house to look like a Macy’s department store. Seriously, we had 5 trees. We used to get the biggest one from my neighbor’s farm, drag it back with our tractor, and always had to cut 5 or 6 feet off of it just to get it in the door. One memory that really stands out was playing with my Grandfather’s vintage Seeburg jukebox when I was 5 or 6 years old. It was full of great music and lit up like a spaceship. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee was my favorite track, and us kids wore that record out.
What’s your idea of a good Christmas Dinner?
Sitting down with my closest friends and family to a multiple-course meal centered around dishes whose recipes have been in our family for generations. The main course is filet mignon with horseradish sauce followed by pumpkin pie and coffee.
Do you have a favorite Christmas album?
James Brown – “Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag”
Do you have any favorite traditions or favorite movies for the holiday season?
We have a few family traditions that have stood the test of time. My great-grandparents were Italian and brought their traditions of making elaborate antipasti dishes, Italian soups, and world class stromboli for holiday dinners. It is a right of passage in my family to be given the responsibility of making these courses. They have evolved some over the years as people add their own touch. My father is still the master chef. The secret is pouring sweet pickle juice over the antipasti before serving, and it’s always better on the second day. Favorite movie is “Christmas Story.”
Whats been your favorite album of 2016?
Miranda Lambert- “The Weight of These Wings”
What are your hopes for 2017? Any exciting plans?
2016 was my busiest year ever for touring. I am excited for it to continue in the new year, as we already have dates booked in new markets. We have been hitting the Southeast pretty hard over the past few years and have recently been booking more venues in the Midwest. It’s a balancing act as an independent artist to find time for everything, but I enjoy the challenge and love being on the road. I have been writing new music and am looking forward to being in the studio in the upcoming months. Hopefully there will be some fishing trips worked in there as well.
The holiday season brings the best parties and time together with friends and family. What is your signature Christmas Cocktail recipe that you will be serving?
-1.5 oz vodka
-.25 oz Sr. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram
-1 whole egg
-1 teaspoon powered sugar
-1 teaspoon brown sugar
-1 drop vanilla extract
-.5 oz heavy cream
Combine all ingredients into a shaker and shake for 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass and top with graded nutmeg
About Chris Winward:
Chances are, if you’ve been to a live music venue in the southeast during the last couple years, you’ve either seen a Chris Winward performance or heard about one from somebody who has. Lately, Chris and his band have been burning down the highways, and have quickly developed a strong grassroots following since breaking into the college music scene. His live performances are energy-filled with songs about living the life of a modern day troubadour. In the last year, Chris’ music has received airplay on Texas radio, as well as in Europe and Australia. He has had his songs cut by other “Red Dirt” artists and does not limit his creative efforts to styles that are hitting at the time on top 40 radio. A native of the northeast, and an Oklahoma State grad, Chris Winward had many diverse influences when he started crafting songs back in Stillwater, OK. An avid sailor, his love for the ocean transpires through his writing, and his music has been described as a blend of country rock that is Americana and Texas-flavored with a smooth, earthy finish.