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Lightning in a Bottle
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by Chuck Williams
Album Notes from CDBaby.com: Call it folk or folk-rock, the music does exactly what it is suppose to do.....
It reaches emotions in the listener. It gives words to feelings we all share and provokes thought long after the CD is over.
From the CD- sample songs from the CD below. All songs are linked to the artist's page on
Chuck's style is unique yet it feels familiar. It is said that this songwriter is just hitting his stride and this collection of
tunes on his latest offering support that. Fresh melodies and lyrics from the heart is what you will clearly hear.
I am not known to review music lightly or boast about something I donít like. The problem I have with most roots style music
is I canít get past the mediocre compositions and performances. I do understand that the lyrics are everything in this genre
but I donít really want to hear what someone is saying if the music doesnít move me. So I am somewhat challenged with this review.
The best thing about this record is that it is listenable from a production standpoint and the vocal harmonies are great.
Nothing is out of place and I do believe that anyone who lived through Woodstock and likes many of the traditional folk acts
that performed there would love this record. In fact, the production resembles some of the better produced records from that time period.
Unfortunately, there is nothing that makes ME tap my feet and want to write home to Mom about. Contrary to what the album notes suggest,
there is nothing unique about Chuck Williamsí style. That is not necessarily a bad thing. It just means that whoever wrote the Ďnotesí hasnít
listened to very much music.
I do love the way the violin was recorded. The ambience is beautiful, but again, I am hearing too many phrases that
are pitchy and half hazard which immediately makes me disregard the good points. Again, a real problem for me with
most roots style music.
/ Steam Train Maury
/ Lightning In A Bottle
/ I Want My Country Back
/ Broken Fences
/ Honkytonks & Roadhouses
/ Gone Away
/ She Cried
/ In the Midnite
/ Ain't Dead Yet /
It sounds like Neil Young is a major influence of Chuck Williams. On that note, I feel I can recommend this disc to
Fans of Neil Young. Though I do feel there is an audience out there for Chuck Williams I have to give Lightning in
a Bottle a B- because the song writing and musicianship is just too average for this genre. I felt nothing from the
songs in general and the last note of the record was cut short with no ambient decay, which annoyed the hell out of me.
Jimmy Caterine...EvO:R Reviewer.
About the reviewer- Jimmy Caterine has numerous album credits to his name. He is most noted as founder, guitarist and co-writer for
80ís metal quartet, Sacred Rite (Capitol Records.) He has worked with top name professionals in the industry.
This would include Grammy Award winning producer Sonny Limbo (Bertie Higgins) and publishing coordinator Randall Wixen
(Fleetwood Mac, Jackson Brown.)
If youíd like to know more about Jimmy Caterine you can visit the following web sites:
Aside from his original projects he did a 3 month stint playing guitar for the live stage production of Rocky Horror
Picture Show in 1987. He was the guitarist for MGM recording artist and power house vocalist, Sami Jo Cole (Tell Me a Lie)
in 1995. He has also played with classic rock tribute act Time Machine, on the Las Vegas convention circuit in í97 and í98.
Following a car accident in 2001 Jimmy Caterine took a break from performing. He was reluctant to return to the stage due to PTSD.
In the years that followed Jimmy took an inward journey to confront his own personal demons. While away he had to come to terms
with the many changes in the music industry. During his hiatus he created and released two independent solo CDís.
In 2007 Jimmy recorded and released a reunion CD with Sacred Rite.
Currently Jimmy owns Soulaire Sound which is a mobile recording/live sound reinforcement company in Phoenix, AZ.
He performs regularly with his organic jazz sextet, Dream Chemistry.
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