When you listen to Chris Meck play guitar, it’s almost as though you’re listening to someone speak. He plays his instrument with finesse, thoughtfulness and passion. Sometimes it shreds, sometimes it weeps, sometimes it lacerates.

Meck has made a considerable contribution to Kansas City’s music scene over the past two decades as a founding member of Americana rock bands Tiny Horse, Atlantic Fadeout and The Gaslights with his wife and musical partner Abigail Henderson. He’s also lent his abilities to acts like Alejandro Escovedo, The Architects, Jon Dee Graham and Kristie Stremel. After his wife’s passing in 2013, Meck formed Chris Meck and the Guilty Birds, his first project as frontman and primary songwriter.

Now a soul and roots rock-influenced power trio, Chris Meck and the Guilty Birds have earned coveted spots on festivals such as Middle of the Map and Boulevardia, along with support slots for prestigious touring acts including Los Lobos and Band of Heathens.

With the early 2016 release of their debut full-length album, "It's 4 AM Somewhere," the Guilty Birds have received high praise for Meck's salient guitar work and girl group harmonies from the lock-step rhythm section of Calandra Rene (bass) and Michelle Bacon (drums). The album is currently in regular rotation on over 50 stations across the country, including KTBG 90.9 The Bridge (Kansas City, MO), KBOO 90.7 (Portland, OR), and WAER 88.3 (Syracuse, NY).