Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Cory Chisel

I often tend to think that how a performer comes across live is the true test of his or her metal. That being said, When I realized that four of the six tracks on Cabin Ghosts (the first two and last two) are live recordings in front of an honest to goodness audience, I figured I would get an accurate gauge of Cory Chisel and his backing band The Wandering Sons.

My first urge is to compare Cory's voice, and style to a certain extent, to Bruce Springsteen, but I'm not going to take that any farther. He's got a pared down folk-rock Americana sound that feels a little down home, but not back hills of the Ozarks down home. His lyrics feel warm and genuine, and his vocals are beautifully shadowed at points by Adriel Harris, the sole sister in the Wandering Sons. The live tracks hit me the best and leave me wishing that Cory and his crew were touring up here in New England, but Pennsylvania is the closest they get. Once you listen to the following song, if you enjoy, check out tour dates that might be coming closer to you below.

Visit his website, his label Black Seal Records, and become his friend on MySpace.

Upcoming Tour Dates

July 17 - Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
July 18 - Radio Radio - Indianapolis, Indiana
July 19 - Beat Kitchen - Chicago, Illinois
July 20 - The Ark - Ann Arbor, Michigan
July 22 - Shank Hal - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 23 - Varsity Theater - Minneapolis, Minnesota
July 24 - Waiting Room - Omaha, Nebraska
July 25 - The Record Bar - Kansas City, Missouri
July 30 - Toad Tavern - Denver, Colorado
July 31 - Belly Up - Aspen, Colorado
Aug 1 - Club Sound - Salt Lake City, Utah
Aug 3 - The Triple Door - Seattle, Washington
Aug 4 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, Oregon
Aug 5 - Boardwalk - Orangevale, California
Aug 6 - Hotel Utah Saloon - San Francisco, California
Aug 8 - Casbah - San Diego, California
Aug 9 - Hotel Cafe - Los Angeles, California
Aug 10 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix, Arizona
Sep 13 - Red Rocks Amphitheater - Morrison, Colorado

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