Ralph’s Reviews: Tales — and New Music — from the Road
I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to different places to hear and discover new music. I feel that even moreso in recent months, having been able to travel and have people from other areas discover me.
Being on the road can be both challenging and rewarding at the same time. From playing to a near-empty room in South Carolina to a full house in Virginia, it’s definitely full of peaks and valleys. Two things that I always look forward to are the people I meet and the connections I make along the way. This is more about one of those connections and less — much less — about me.
One of my more enjoyable stops along the way (not the aforementioned empty room) was in Charleston, SC. It was here that I had the pleasure of meeting and sharing the stage with Chris Boone. Chris is a singer/songwriter from Charleston and a real ambassador for independent music. As a full-time musician, he has established himself as a favorite in his hometown and has been quite successful for a number of years. He was also quite willing to offer advice and assistance to myself and others for getting into the local market, should I chose to venture back into Charleston in the future.
Chris has released several recordings dating back to 2008 and, today, we’re going to take a look at his most recent release.
“Capture My Apathy,” a six-song EP released in 2016, is a tale of life, love, music and whiskey. The moment I started listening to the first track, “Your Life,” my thoughts went immediately to Neil Young, as both the musical style and perfect blending of harmonica into the song reminded me of some of Young’s early work. That influence was just as evident in a later track, “Young Love.”
That is not to suggest that Chris is simply a modern-day Neil Young. Quite the contrary; despite the influence, he has a unique style all his own. If I were to categorize his sound, I would lean more towards country than rock. “You Can Drink My Whiskey” is a clear example of that. Meanwhile, “We’ll All Be Gone” gives a nice, acoustic finish to the EP.
You can learn more about Chris and his music at chrisboonemusic.com, where you will also find links to purchase his music. You can listen to “Capture My Apathy” on Spotify below.