Profile:
American musician and multi-instrumentalist best known as a member of the Portland, Oregon, indie rock band The Decemberists. He plays guitar, pedal steel, piano, violin, dobro, hurdy-gurdy, mandolin, saxophone, the theremin and many other instruments.

Funk joined the Decemberists after meeting Colin Meloy at a solo show Meloy was performing. He has been a member of the band since its formation, appearing on every Decemberists record since. Funk most commonly contributes guitar, pedal steel, and mandolin tracks to the band's songs, though he has laid down tracks with several other instruments as well. After an incident in which the band's equipment trailer was stolen in 2005, Funk wrote "This Machine Kills Thieves" on his banjo, in reference to Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie.

He is a member of Knock-knock with DJ Rev. Shines (from the hip-hop group Lifesavas on Quannum Projects). He is also a member of the string band Black Prairie who released their first album, Feast of the Hunter's Moon, in 2010. He plays in the country rock group Blue Giant. He has produced records for Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Kyle Craft, The Builders and The Butchers, Langhorne Slim, and Red Fang.

On December 20, 2006, Funk appeared on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report to end a longstanding mock feud with the show's host, Stephen Colbert. A contest ensued in which Funk and Colbert would each play a guitar solo while a panel of judges decided the winner. After Funk's solo, Colbert (who cannot play the guitar) feigned an injured hand, having Peter Frampton fill in for him instead. The contest ended with Colbert/Frampton being decided the winners by show guests Eliot Spitzer and Henry Kissinger, and Colbert was awarded The Crane Wife by The Decemberists as the grand prize. Funk then performed an "all-guitar jam" alongside Frampton, Robert Schneider (of The Apples in Stereo), and Rick Nielsen.
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Vocals

Chris Funk - The Tain / 5 Songs album art The Decemberists The Decemberists - The Tain / 5 Songs (Comp) Jealous Butcher Records, Hush Records US 2004 Sell This Version
Chris Funk - The Tain album art The Decemberists The Decemberists - The Tain (EP) Kill Rock Stars Spain 2003 Sell This Version
HSH 050 Chris Funk - Mile - A Hush Compilation album art Various I Don't Mind (2002) Various - Mile - A Hush Compilation(CD, Comp, Enh) Hush Records HSH 050 US 2005 Sell This Version
Chris Funk - The Crane Wife album art The Decemberists The Decemberists - The Crane Wife (Album) Capitol Records US 2006 Sell This Version
JB-075, none, Vol. 2 Chris Funk - Always The Bridesmaid Vol. 2: Days Of Elaine album art The Decemberists Days Of Elaine and 1 more… The Decemberists - Always The Bridesmaid Vol. 2: Days Of Elaine(12", Single) Jealous Butcher Records, Y.A.B.B. Records, Always The Bridesmaid: A Singles Series JB-075, none, Vol. 2 US 2008 Sell This Version
Chris Funk - Always The Bridesmaid: A Singles Series - Vol. 1: Valerie Plame album art The Decemberists Valerie Plame and 1 more… The Decemberists - Always The Bridesmaid: A Singles Series - Vol. 1: Valerie Plame (Single) Rough Trade, Rough Trade US 2008 Sell This Version
Chris Funk - The Hazards Of Love album art The Decemberists The Rake's Song The Decemberists - The Hazards Of Love (Album) Capitol Records Australia 2009 Sell This Version
Chris Funk - Be Set Free album art Langhorne Slim Langhorne Slim - Be Set Free (Album) Kemado Records US 2009 Sell This Version
Chris Funk - Salvation Is A Deep Dark Well album art The Builders And The Butchers The Builders And The Butchers - Salvation Is A Deep Dark Well (Album) Gigantic Music US 2009 Sell This Version
Chris Funk - Feast Of The Hunter's Moon album art Black Prairie Black Prairie - Feast Of The Hunter's Moon (Album) Sugar Hill Records (2) US 2010 Sell This Version
none Chris Funk - We Can Sing! album art Black Prairie Lord Of This World Black Prairie - We Can Sing!(CDr, MiniAlbum, Ltd) Not On Label (Black Prairie Self-released) none US 2010 Sell This Version
Chris Funk - We All Raise Our Voices To The Air (Live Songs 04.11 - 08.11) album art The Decemberists The Decemberists - We All Raise Our Voices To The Air (Live Songs 04.11 - 08.11) (Album) Capitol Records UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
none Chris Funk - Performs Wild Ones: Musical Score For The Things That You Might See In Your Head When You Reflect On Certain Characters And Incidents That You Read About In The Book* album art Black Prairie Black Prairie - Performs Wild Ones: Musical Score For The Things That You Might See In Your Head When You Reflect On Certain Characters And Incidents That You Read About In The Book*(CD, Album, Car) Captain Bluegrass Records none US 2013 Sell This Version
Chris Funk - Fortune album art Black Prairie Black Prairie - Fortune (Album) Sugar Hill Records (2) US 2014 Sell This Version
Chris Funk - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World album art The Decemberists Lake Song The Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World (Album) Capitol Records US 2015 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

STG 4916 Chris Funk - Roswell album art Your Neighbors Your Neighbors - Roswell(CD, Album) Street Gold Records STG 4916 US 1995 Sell This Version
03162 Chris Funk - Factory album art Mare Wakefield Band Run Me Over And Let Me Bleed Mare Wakefield Band - Factory(CD-ROM, Album) Not On Label 03162 US 1999 Sell This Version
HSH 027, JB-039 Chris Funk - Col. Summers Park album art Jeff London Barely Breathing (as Chris) and 3 more… Jeff London - Col. Summers Park(CD, Album) Hush Records, Jealous Butcher Records HSH 027, JB-039 US 2001 Sell This Version
Chris Funk - Castaways And Cutouts album art The Decemberists The Decemberists - Castaways And Cutouts (Album) Hush Records US 2002 Sell This Version
FG10CD Chris Funk - Polk album art Tracker (3) Chemistry and 1 more… Tracker (3) - Polk(CD, Album) FILMguerrero FG10CD US 2002 Sell This Version
HUSH 040 Chris Funk - 5 Songs album art The Decemberists The Decemberists - 5 Songs(CD, EP, RE) Hush Records HUSH 040 US 2003 Sell This Version
Chris Funk - Her Majesty album art The Decemberists The Decemberists - Her Majesty (Album) Kill Rock Stars US 2003 Sell This Version
Chris Funk - The Tain / 5 Songs album art The Decemberists The Decemberists - The Tain / 5 Songs (Comp) Jealous Butcher Records, Hush Records US 2004 Sell This Version
Chris Funk - Billy Liar album art The Decemberists The Decemberists - Billy Liar (Single) Kill Rock Stars US 2004 Sell This Version
Fg19, none Chris Funk - Blankets album art Tracker (3) Tracker (3) - Blankets(CD, Album) FILMguerrero, Top Shelf Productions Fg19, none US 2004 Sell This Version