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"Chris Buhalis' Kenai Dreams is a wonder of blood and bone, spirit and earth...Buhalis makes music simply and directly. His country folk leanings have been tempered by and cut from the land itself; his is above all American music in all its contradictions and rough-hewn grace..."
- Thom Jurek, Tunes from the Missing Channel, CID-FM Windsor, Ontario

 "Kenai Dreams showcases on of the brightest young songwriters in music today. Unlike so much contemporary song writing, you won't find a single wasted word penned by Mr. Buhalis. Not to mention these songs are graced by this poet's warm vocals and some of Michigan's finest acoustic musicians."
- Chad Williams, Music Director, WCBN-FM Ann Arbor

 "With his warm voice Chris takes you on a journey through the hopes and fears, the dreams and side roads of America's working class. The title song Kenai Dreams features one of Townes Van Zandt's last recorded appearances."
- Music Network, Bremen, Germany

With a warm voice capable of heartbreaking depth one minute and growling intensity the next, Chris Buhalis takes you on a journey through the hopes and fears, the dreams and side roads of America's working class. From the last great bar in Alaska on "Kenai Dreams" to the din of Detroit's monstrous automobile factories on "Employee 1209", and the bedrooms and nightscape of everyday people, Chris' songs speak volumes in stark imagery. Chris' debut, Kenai Dreams, is the real deal.

The Songs

Kenai Dreams

Clay Pidgeons

How to be Alone

Footprints in the Snow

Plant Me,
I will Grow

Highway Shoes


Where I Lead Me

Small Disguise

Employee 1209

Mary's Song

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The Musicians

Chris Buhalis

Vocals & Guitar

Enzo Garcia


Vivian Blue

Harmony Vocals

Jeff Plankenhorn

Dobro, Harmony Vocals, & Electric Guitar

Peter Madcat Ruth


Brian Lillie

Electric Guitar

Matt Combs


David Mosher


Townes Van Zandt


Adam Roberts

Double Bass

K.c. Groves

Harmony Vocals

Produced by Chris Buhalis (except where noted)

Kenai Dreams, Footprints in the Snow, and Where I Lead me
Produced by Hobart Taylor

Highway Shoes and Small Disguise
Produced by Chris Buhalis & Matt Combs

Recorded at Big Sky Studios, Ann Arbor Michigan
Engineered by Geoff Michael

Additional Engineering for Kenai Dreams by Dave Roof

Additional Recording at Backseat Studios, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Engineered by Jim Roll

Mixed at Big Sky Studios by Geoff Michael & Chris Buhalis

Mastering by Ken Abeling at Woodside Avenue Music Productions
Evanston, Illinois

Photography by Doug Coombe

Tray Card Photo by Tara Griffith

Package Design by WS Williams Design, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Special Thanks, As Always, to My Family

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