Born in Durham, NC and raised in Raleigh, NC, Chris Boerner took to music as a young lad picking up the saxophone at age 8. A few years later he traded in that saxophone for a guitar and found his true calling. Starting out playing in rock’n’roll bands in middle and highschool this soon led to more serious study of the guitar in college. At Duke University Chris graduated with a music major concentrating in Jazz and Classical Guitar.
It didn’t take long from then for Chris to become a vibrant member of the Triangle music scene. After a few years playing mostly jazz gigs he turned his focus to original music. He became a founding member of the jazz-hip-hop collective, The Mighty Burners, who released their debut Hot Ones Now in 2004. Working with this band led to a love of recording and producing. Since, he has recorded and produced for nearly every band he’s played with. In 2005 Chris released his debut as a bandleader, the jazz instrument album, Incoming.
From 2010-2014, he was a full-time member of Grammy nominated, The Foreign Exchange‘s touring lineup leading to many successful national and international tours. Since then this relationship has blossomed into Chris playing on, engineering, mixing, or mastering many of the recent releases on the +FE music label.
Also in 2010, he began working with singer/songwriter Jeanne Jolly. This partnership has yielded three releases (Falling in Carolina 2010, Angels 2012, A Place To Run 2015) along with extensive touring of the US.
In 2013, Chris was asked to join Aaron Freeman (Geen Ween) in the studio for his solo release Freeman. Chris toured this record with Aaron in 2014 playing many acclaimed rooms including festival spots at Lock’n and Hopscotch.
As a composer, band-leader, and 8-string guitarist Chris formed The Hot at Nights in 2010 with friends Matt Douglas (woodwinds) and Nick Baglio (drums). This fiery instrumental trio now has 4 releases under its belt (Nice Talk 2011, Shibuya Session EP 2011, ¡Try This! 2013, Cool It 2016).
The development of The Hot at Nights parallels that of the world’s most potentially destructive climatic occurrence: Global Warming. They are heavily influenced by the origins of jazz at the turn of the century, emblazoned by the raw and unbridled freedom of the 50′s and 60′s, and electrified by the external forcings of the 80′s. Chris Boerner (The Foreign Exchange, Freeman, Hiss Golden Messenger) on 8-string guitar, Matt Douglas (The Mountain Goats, The Rosebuds, Erin McKeown) on woodwinds, and Nick Baglio (Jeanne Jolly, The Foreign Exchange) on drums & keyboards make up the triumvirate of change. Even though there is a tiny contingency of Hot at Nights deniers, real and proven science has determined that they do, in fact, exist on a catastrophic level.
Their latest project, Cool It, is a collection of 5 reinterpretations of songs by other bands born from the fruitful North Carolina music scene. It features songs by Sylvan Esso, Future Islands, Hammer No More The Fingers, Bowerbirds, and Delta Rae. Performed live in the studio at Mitch Easter’s Fidelitorium, each performance was captured as a live video as well. With these 5 wonderful songs the band is able to stretch and deconstruct in a way that still preserves the essence of each song. This project is as much an homage to music from North Carolina as it is a strong artistic statement displaying the bands ability to arrange popular music for this ensemble.
The Hot at Nights are Chris Boerner, Matt Douglas, and Nick Baglio. They came together in the Summer of 2010 to explore the sonic possibilities of an 8-string guitar-centered trio. Their first release, Nice Talk, was released in 2011. In 2012, they toured with producer Nicolay (The Foreign Exchange) in support of their collaborative recording Shibuya Session EP, where they played such notable venues as the Blue Note in NYC, Bohemian Caverns in Washington, D.C., and the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City. They followed in 2013 with the critically acclaimed ¡Try This!. They live and perform out of Raleigh, NC.