Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Album Spotlight : Christopher Shayne - Turning Stones



What happens when Aerosmith was your first concert, in a state which claims music outlaws like Waylon Jennings, Alice Cooper and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth? Enter a blazing new rock star with both shine and grit named Christopher Shayne. 

Christopher Shayne, well known throughout the American southwest for his former band Whiskey Six, now delivers dusty southern rock on his debut solo album, Turning Stones.  With influences including blues artist R.L. Burnside, the Black Crowes, country rockers Blackberry Smoke and the ultimate in country boogie, ZZ Top, Christopher has written an album which is both an exciting new “desert-country-rock” discovery and familiar ring for classic southern rock fans.

Turning Stones was produced by renowned producer/engineer Chuck Alkazian (Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger) at Pearl Sound Studios in Detroit. Staying loyal to his band when a Whiskey Six label offer required he leave them behind, Christopher crafted the twelve tracks with his lead guitarist Dave Lansing, also of Arizona. “There are moments in each song for every aspect of your life.” says Christopher. ”Life has ups and downs. The record is its own ride, and expresses itself through anger, joy, love and sadness.  It's an honest album - I hope everyone finds some note of truth that resonates with them.”  

The debut single and video ‘Give A Damn’ is a fierce anthem to Chris’ rebellious side. ‘When I Come Down’, a song that “wrote itself” according to Lansing, brings down-home country harmonies and a whiskey-laden hook. The self-reflective ‘Take Your Time’ and ‘The River Revival’ are modern tributes to  American gospel influences in modern blues music.  Title track ‘Turning Stones’ asks “where is my American dream/ It looks so much better on TV”, with toe-tapping storytelling and Americana twang.

It is rare to find a ‘start-to-finish’ album these days, as it is to find a natural powerhouse like Shayne, who is beloved for his long red locks and bluesy growl. Along with bandmates Dave Lansing, bassist Mark Blades, drummer Trevor Hammer, and Zachary Hughes adding a third guitar, the Christopher Shayne Band is a force to be reckoned with in concert. “We’re coming at it with the straight up rock, then adding country to it.” says Christopher. “We're riding the edge between genres - it feels a little bit dangerous."  The chorus of ‘Give A Damn’ says it all: “Look out world / I’m gonna be a star”.

TURNING STONES is released August 12, 2016.

Tracklisting : 1.Give a damn 2.Rock show 3.When I come down 4.The river revival 5.Take your time 6.Turning stones 7.Rolling bones 8.Find our way 9.Outcha mind 10.Heartache 11.Home 12.Black Mariah

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