Chris Austin

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Chris Austin
Birth nameChristopher Clay Austin
Born(1964-02-24)February 24, 1964
Boone, North Carolina, U.S.
DiedMarch 16, 1991(1991-03-16) (aged 27)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Years active1986–91
LabelsWarner Bros.
Associated actsReba McEntire

Christopher Clay Austin (born February 24, 1964 in Boone, North Carolina – March 16, 1991 in San Diego, California) was a male country music singer. Austin was signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1988 and charted three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. His highest-charting single, "Blues Stay Away from Me," was included on the 1989 compilation album New Tradition Sings the Old Tradition. Austin also co-wrote Ricky Skaggs' 1991 single "Same Ol' Love."

Austin was most known for playing guitar and fiddle for Ricky Skaggs's and Reba McEntire's road bands. Austin toured with McEntire until an airplane carrying Austin, six other members of McEntire's band, and her road manager crashed into a nearby mountain after taking off from an airport in San Diego, California, killing all on board.[1]


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
1988 "Lonesome for You" 62 N/A
"I Know There's a Heart in There Somewhere" 89
1989 "Blues Stay Away from Me" 54 New Tradition Sings the Old Tradition
1990 "Out of Step"[2] N/A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 35. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. July 28, 1990.