Toronto-Based Blues Guitarist Chris Antonik Releases Solo Recording September 6, 2010Posted by David W. King in Blues, Blues Guitar, Guitarists, Guitars, New Releases.
Tags: Chris Antonik, Silverbirch Productions
The debut solo album from Toronto guitarist Chris Antonik is a diverse, soulful and tightly executed blend of classic guitar blues and original, innovative, contemporary blues-rock. After thrilling audiences in Toronto blues clubs as a sideman, Antonik has stepped out on his own to deliver this self-produced collection of original material and two classic blues covers.
The album “Chris Antonik” is a portrait of a maturing blues guitarist and songwriter who fully grasps the importance of song over solo – while still leaving plenty for guitar fans to enjoy. The songs deal with repairing relationships and giving back to those around you, as well as classic blues themes delivered in modern vehicles.
Using the guitarist–as–front man approach and a variety of guest vocalists, the record is a solid collection of soulful, strong and smart blues. Guest performers include some of Chris’ friends from the Canadian blues scene, including harmonica player Mark “bird” Stafford, Maple-Blues Award winner Suzie Vinnick and Juno-award winner Richard Underhill.
The primary vocalist and keyboardist on the record is the gritty and stirring Josh Williams of the jam band Fat Cats. Bassist Andrew Taylor (The Blazers) and drummer Chris Chiarelli provide the tight and funky rhythm section.
The album was produced by Antonik, recorded at Audiolab Recording Company in Toronto, and mixed and mastered at Silverbirch Productions in Toronto. “Chris Antonik” was released on August 31, 2010 and is available at the following retail outlets:
* Silverbirch Productions
* Also available at http://www.chrisantonik.com