his 2009 CD, The Heartbreaks You Embrace, singer-songwriter
and guitarist Chris Church strikes a convincing balance between
electric folk music and rock. A bunch of fine players participate
on the CD and theres a solid toe-tapping beat throughout. The
guitars are superbly recorded, both acoustic and electric, and among
the fine players here, Scott Cornette is listed as contributing
guitar textures. It would be expedient to call Church a modern day
Jackson Browne or to compare him to late period Byrds and even The
Eagles. Lets just say Church takes a page from the folk-rock
legends from years past and jump starts it yet again for a new generation
of music fans. If theyre lucky enough to hear him, early fans
of the the above legends will probably enjoy The Heartbreaks You
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The very first song I remember that made me think about playing
guitar was I Fought The Law by The Bobby Fuller Four,
from my parents' 45 collection. I was around 10. I started playing
soon after that, and taught myself on a Fender acoustic my dad had
bought for my mom.
The Heartbreaks You Embrace, the title lifted from
Positively Fourth Street by Bob Dylan, is a breakup song
cycle. The breakup was bad, so the songs were, of course, intense.
Several friends, including my dear late brother, helped me in the
studio. It was mostly recorded at Epiphonic, a tremendous state-of-the-art
studio built in a huge old rock church in Lenoir, North Carolina.
Jaret Carter, one of the hottest dobro players in the country, assisted
ably on some of the more alt-country sounding tunes. My guitar style?
I really just dont know how to answer. Maybe I am a rhythm guitarist
with a few extra chords, I guess. The song always comes first and
foremost for me.
I have very little concern or attention to gear. I have a
Washburn acoustic-electric, and it seems to be a decent guitar. I
do like, and own, a Fender Telecaster very much, and I play through
a Fender twin reverb amp. My fave guitar players are many, with Pete
Townshend always in the mix.
I have melted to records by The Who, Nada Surf, American Music
Club, Todd Rundgren, The Replacements, Drive-By Truckers, Neil Young,
Sloan, Cheap Trick, The Church, Tommy Keene, Chocolate Genius, Bob
dont get me going or Ill end up mentioning
Hall and Oates. Seriously. Im not scared.
There are songs I've written for two different projects that
Im getting ready to record soon, one blasting power-pop, one
more alt-country tinged. Also, I have a very atmospheric low-fi record
called echoism nearly in the can that I am still tweaking.
It sort of sounds like a rusty cloud.