| Chuck Pyle
Affected by the
Chuck Pyle is a most interesting
performer in several ways. He has a very honest
passionate voice. He combines an alluring ability to
pick his guitar in a unique style and combine it with
excellent songwriting. The triple combination reveals
an ease that makes difficult performance seem so
natural and easy! Add a superior recording quality to
the mix and you have one amazing CD release. At each
listen, I find new things to enjoy in his work. There
are many textures to enjoy as he works with very
talented sidemen on this work. The entire project was
recorded and mastered in the state he calls home,
Colorado. He funded his year and one half project
through a partnership called the "Zen Cowboy Woodshed"
where investors speculate on the CD's success and if
sales are good, they reap a profit in the end. They
will not be disappointed. Folks will want to hear this
new CD! Chuck is a multi-release artist with this
being his 7th CD. He has also released a songbook
entitled, "Keeping time with Chuck Pyle".
The CD's title track, "Affected By The Moon", opens
with beautiful acoustic guitar picking followed by a
strong bass line and brushed drum kit. Chuck's jazzy
counterpoint picking is quickly complemented by his
smooth honest voice. They are joined by violin
creating a melodic complement. The song reveals the
description of two lovers captured in the momentum of
their love for each other. The violin solo contrasted
with Chuck's jazzy plucks creates a thing of beauty.
"7 Hillside Road" has a flavor in composition and
performance similar to Randy Newman's style. Perhaps
the guitar and piano performance ties that all
together for me. It is a great song with beautifully
picked guitar while the piano layers a great
accompaniment right behind it. Chuck tells the story
of a man who returns home to his town. He feels the
emotions of the past as he reminisces about the way
things were in the past.
"Blue Train" is a toe-tapping song with a slide
fretted and finger picked resonator guitar accenting
Chuck's guitar. A haunting beat leaves you with the
impression of the rolling train. Massed harmony voices
back Chuck's voice on his chorus and verse lines.
Beautifully arranged, his "If Not Now" , bounces along
with guitar, bass, and percussion with floating
ascending and descending accents from pedal steel
guitar. A suitor asks his lady if not now, then when….
You almost feel like you are rocking slowly in the
saddle with the "Outlaw's Dream". Chuck creates a
rhythmic feel with is slowly but steadily paced
picking. Additional cowboy voices build a traditional
feeling yet very original cowboy's lament.
"Inside Of My Face" is a haunting funky song about the
psychoanalysis of one's own mind . He asks, "Anybody
know any psycho feng shui?" and warns "Intruder
In the clever tune "Why Pretend", the story of a man
who can't forget his past lover is told. It is an easy
to listen to and a well written song that lets Chuck
do what he does best--sharing the emotions of life in
a song that you can really feel and understand through
his musical interpretation.
Rocking with steady beat, "Laurie Ann" relays the
slight swagger of a southern belle who temps her beau
to return to the south. He recalls the pace and beauty
of life in the south listening to her sauntering
The beautiful ballad, "Romancing The Moment" suggests
that two lovers just let go and not worry about
forever. Chuck's honest and melodic voice interacts
with his balancing picked guitar. Accents are offered
by a violin accompaniment.
The piano, keyboard and guitar accompanied "I Love You
Back" is a warm song about feeling toward another. It
has a Bruce Hornsby-like arrangement. It shows the
flexible style of Chuck and could easily be a top 40
hit with airplay.
Pedal steel and a cowboy feel accent "I Think I'll Go
To Texas". Funky piano and a driving beat communicate
the traveling mood of a trip being planned to take an
enthusiastic journeyer to Texas. He is coaxing his
lover to travel there with him and take a chance.
"Cowboy's Christmas Dream" and sounds just like it
came from a classic Gene Autry film. It is a little
tune about a young man's dream imagining himself as a
At the end of the listed tracks is an instrumental
song, "Spank" that features Chuck's finger picked
guitar. It is sure to please as he spanks the strings!
Not only is this a treat to listen to--I think it is a
must-have recording. Please be sure to check out
Chuck's web site at chuckpyle.com. Tell him an
appreciative listener sent you!
Original review is at: http://audiogrid.com/chuckpyle/