Chris Lambert (musician)

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Chris Lambert
Lambert in November 2015
Lambert in November 2015
Background information
Born (1988-03-28) March 28, 1988 (age 34)
Santa Maria, California, U.S.
OriginOrcutt, California, U.S.
GenresAlternative rock

Chris Lambert (born March 28, 1988) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and podcaster. In 2019, Lambert launched a true-crime podcast documentary series about the disappearance of Kristin Smart, which helped lead to arrests and ultimately a conviction in the 25-year-old case.

Early life[edit]

Lambert was born in Santa Maria, California. He was raised in Orcutt, California, and attended Ernest Righetti High School.


A multi-instrumentalist, Lambert makes use of a variety of instruments, frequently playing many of them himself on the same track.[1]

Lambert has released albums of varying styles, ranging from the 1990s alternative rock revival of Warp & Woof,[2] to the ambient folk sound of his most recent release, The Constant Education of Christopher Lambert.[3][4]

True-crime podcast[edit]

Beginning September 30, 2019, Chris Lambert released a multi-episode documentary podcast series called Your Own Backyard.[5] The podcast recounts, in detail, the disappearance and murder of Kristin Smart from the campus of California Polytechnic State University in May 1996. The podcast was downloaded over five million times in its first 6 months.[6][5] Renewed public interest led to a new billboard being put up in Arroyo Grande, California, in January 2020 to replace the original, which had been up since 1997.[7]

On April 13, 2021, the San Luis Obispo County sheriff announced two arrests in the case of the disappearance of Kristin Smart, and said the podcast had helped encourage witnesses to come forward with information.[8] The two arrests eventually resulted in the conviction of Paul Flores for the first degree murder of Kristin Smart. Following the conviction, the Smart Family, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff, the San Luis Obispo District Attorney, and the President of Cal Poly all thanked Lambert for his role in bringing the case to a resolution.[9][10]


Studio Albums

  • Two Guns (2007)
  • Songs I'd Like to Sing Into Your Open Mouth (2008)
  • The Great Dipso Drought (2009)
  • Phoebe (2010)
  • Phoebe, Naked (2010)
  • Krakatoa Lazer Punch (2011)
  • The Weatherman (2012)
  • Silver Jubilee (2013)
  • Warp & Woof (2014)
  • The Blue Hour (2016)
  • The Constant Education of Christopher Lambert (2018)


  1. ^ Cone, Shelly (August 25, 2009). "Here's the story | Art". Santa Maria Sun. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  2. ^ Payne, Joe (August 6, 2014). "Chris Lambert and Certain Sparks release indie-rock album 'Warp & Woof'". Santa Maria Sun. No. 22. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  3. ^ Tully, Jake (February 18, 2016). "[Review]: Chris Lambert - The Blue Hour". Moxipop.
  4. ^ Payne, Joe (April 26, 2018). "Local singer/songwriter Chris Lambert cuts to the heart of creativity with release of his 11th solo album". Santa Maria Sun. No. 18. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Abbott, Anikka (February 10, 2020). "Orcutt podcaster Chris Lambert hopes to bring Kristin Smart home". Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  6. ^ ""Your Own Backyard" podcast creator speaks out on latest Kristin Smart developments". KSBY. February 6, 2020.
  7. ^ "Arroyo Grande business donates new billboard for Kristin Smart". KSBY. January 6, 2020.
  8. ^ "Podcast helped California cops crack 1996 student killing". Associated Press. Retrieved April 16, 2021 – via Yahoo.
  9. ^ "Kristin Smart's family speaks after jury finds Paul Flores guilty of murder". October 18, 2022. Retrieved November 1, 2022.
  10. ^ "Cal Poly President Offers Comment on Guilty Verdict in Trial Over Kristin Smart's Disappearance". October 18, 2022. Retrieved November 1, 2022. {{cite news}}: External link in |work= (help)

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