Blood, sweat, and guts. These are three of the core elements required of artists who set out to make music that’s steadfast, honest, and true. And if you’re going to make the kind of music that’s embedded in the finest, deepest-rooted Southern rock traditions, then you better be ready, willing, and able to deliver the goods straight up, no chaser.
Christopher Shayne knows this stratagem inside and out, having long traveled the crossroads where rogues, renegades, and thieves are tossed aside and only the best hard-livin’ and hard-rockin’ sound practitioners get to move forward. Fact is, the Phoenix-born, whiskey-tinged vocalist/guitarist is more than up to the task. “I want to deliver something that people out in the world have both heard and not heard before, in a way that everybody can grasp onto,” Shayne explains. “That’s my personal goal. As an artist, I want to take those ideas and really remind people what guitar harmonies and passionate vocals sound like in a real rock setting. I want to develop something musically that feels like home but is still kind of fresh.”
Shayne and his rock-solid band have handily met that aural challenge head-on with a ball-busting new EP, Ten High, which is set to be released via Carry On Music on January 22, 2021. Ten High builds mightily on the gritty sonic template set forth on Shayne’s 2015 independent release — the kick ass first, ask question later barnburner known as Turning Stones — as well as its 2019 digital follow up EP, the relentlessly raucous Broken / Scarred. Gnarly, gutbucket tunes like the frenzied snarl of “Give a Damn,” the furious flow of “The River Revival,” and the unbowed stance of “Broken / Scarred” have all served as storm-brewing sonic harbingers of things to come.
As the holy grit and hellfire groove of Ten High amply proves, Shayne and his band of road-dog brethren are more than the sum of what would happen if ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd dove head first into a Cuisinart together without missing a beat. “For the newer stuff, we wanted that old-school, AC/DC, Highway to Hell kind of sound, so we stripped away some of the production layers to see what that would sound like,” Shayne reports. “And what came out was music that’s as raw and as human as possible. Making sure we had an extra tinge of soul in there too made it much more interesting in the rock setting we wanted this music to have.”
He also adds ““Ten High” is rock in its most raw form. You can even hear the amps buzzing in the beginning of the song. There was no over thinking it beyond getting all the guys in the room together and hitting record. A lot of music these days isn’t made like that anymore. We’re lucky to have Carry On Music in our corner allowing us to be us and supporting modern southern rock the way it was meant to be done!“