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Chris Darrow - Artist Proof lp + cd (Drag City Records)


"The history of rock and roll in the 1960s is filled with side trips and
familiar names mixed together with more trips involving even more names,
sometimes less known. One of those names still owed a piece of your
mind is California picker, songwriter and multiinstrumentalist CHRIS
DARROW. Already a veteran of several bands and scenes on the L.A.
landscape, Chris was a founding member of the west coast KALEIDOSCOPE.
He went his own way after the recording of their second album, A Beacon
From Mars, to pursue music on his own terms. He was part of the wave
that crashed across America throughout the ‘60s, sweeping young people
everywhere on a journey away from the world that they’d known, allowing
them to take with them only what they could carry to destinations
unknown. Chris, like so many of his fellow Americans, was hearing the
echo of native sounds in his ears—bluegrass, country music, rhythm and
blues and earthy rock and roll. He liked to play lots of music and
people liked to play it with him—in the couple years before Artist
Proof, Chris had guested with his Kaleidoscope band mates on several
sessions for Leonard Cohen’s debut album, joined the Nitty Gritty Dirt
Band, toured with Linda Ronstadt, John Stewart and Hoyt Axton, played on
sessions with Gene Vincent and James Taylor and was produced by the
Monkees’ Mike Nesmith as part of a group called THE CORVETTES. Chris’s
solo debut is a rich and powerful dose of California country rock,
written almost entirely by Chris and played with grit and precision by a
cast of great players including Ed Black, Loren Newkirk, Arnie Moore,
Mickey McGee and John Ware. Back in print for the first time in 40 years
and finally ushered into the digital realm, Artist Proof ’s debossed LP
jacket has been carefully reproduced along with photos from Chris
Darrow’s archive, bringing back the time of a new feeling in American
music in all its melodic, singular glory." - DRAG CITY 

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 18 January, 2013.

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