The latest vision by pianist and songwriter Chris Blacker is a story classically and purely New York. His first full length set of original songs, The Endless Chase, is a snapshot of an artist at a crossroads surrounded by the Bright Lights, Big City.
Having raised the money to record the 10-track effort working as he does every week playing piano at the legendary Uncle Charlie’s, Blacker assembled a stellar cast of live musicians and singers. The music, richly orchestrated and recorded, combines styles of pop/rock, jazz, and folk.
In Blacker’s own words:
“Lyrically, The Endless Chase centers on themes of striving, of trying to be an artist in a society that doesn’t value art, of trying to find real connection in a hyper- connected, image-obsessed world, of getting older: specifically in terms of the fallout from a more radical and idealistic worldview that I had when I was younger.
It’s also about the things that keep us going despite the odds: the occasional lifelines that come at unexpected times, the friends and lovers we meet along the way, and the sheer joy of creation. The album is (I hope) hopeful and uplifting, but it’s a hope that has been tested, not blind optimism.
My hope was to offer something that doesn’t make people feel nihilistic or artificially peppy, something that acknowledges the difficulties that many people face while still highlighting the reasons we keep going.”
To celebrate the album drop, Blacker will headline a night at Rock Music Hall (Stage 2) on November 2nd. Be on the lookout for more, including several single drops, in advance of the release of Chris Blacker’s The Endless Chase set for release on November 4th, 2016.
Chris Blacker Tour Dates:
11/2 – Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2) – New York, NY