Ian Charles | Long Hill Road

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Long Hill Road

by Ian Charles

Turn it up, Dance on the table and save your Rock-n-Roll soul with riveting themes of Rebellion, Jubilation, Loss, Redemption, and Transcendence through the roots of Americana. (Acoustic, and Electric.) With soulful storytelling vocals.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Some Rebellion Ian Charles Band
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2. Fragile and White Ian Charles Band
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3. Into The Horizon Ian Charles Band
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4. This Is... Ian Charles Band
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5. Paintin' The Town Ian Charles Band
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6. Independence Reckoning Ian Charles Band
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7. Matchbox Fires Ian Charles Band
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8. Autumn Ian Charles Band
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9. The Next Day Ian Charles Band
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10. Years Go By Ian Charles Band
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11. Old Johns' Dedication Waltz Ian Charles Band
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12. Home On The Streets Ian Charles Band
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13. An Answer To A Prayer, Brother Ian Charles Band
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
A stellar example of the power and diversity of The Ian Charles Band~
"IAN CHARLES has a rich voice at times reminiscent of Bruce Cockburn.~ Sue Braden/Shoreline Newspapers

Album production influences stemming from, Rick Rubin (Tom Petty, Johnny Cash) and Brian Paulson (Wilco, Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo)to Sam Phillips(Sun Records)

The songs have strong hooks and are powerfully represented here with his longtime backing band featuring:


PETER KAZALEH on Acoustic and Electric Lead Guitar ( Pete is featured on all of Ian Charles studio album's.)

MACE VITALE on Bass Guitar (Mace goes back pretty far too.)

and Ian plays Drums for most of LHR. (also, occasionally being handled by the incredible, freight train style of, STEVE PASTORE on "Matchbox Fires", "This is....", and "Paintin' the Town")

Plus, musician and vocalist extraordinaire, ERIC LICHTER on Pedal Steel and Harmonies from Los Angeles. Who is a close friend of the band.

This approach to the sessions allowed the music to be recorded mostly LIVE in the studio. With limited overdubs.

The Music is electric, truthful and direct. A soundscape of American dreams driven on highways of Rock-n-Roll, Americana, and Folk."

Produced by: Ian Charles with Peter Kazaleh and Dick Neal

Photography by: Dave Cunningham (The Knitters,X)
Cover Artwork and Design: Ioannis @ Vivid Images

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Jesse

Fender Telecasters and Martin Guitars
Rock-n-Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susan M. Braden- Shoreline Times / Features Editor

Singer/Songwriter showcases "Americana" Style
Hard times inspired Ian Charles to go into the studio to record Long Hill Road. Two songs on the CD are dedicated to his father's memory. One, an acoustic ballad, titled, "The Next Day" is a sensitive-but not maudlin- song of loss. Written on Christmas day the first after his Dad passed. Then not long afterward on an up note, there is "Old John's Dedication Waltz". It's a Country Stomp. Upbeat Country Waltz. Ian Charles' acoustic ballads may have haunting melodies and stirring lyrics but, they are not sad songs sung by the river. His mature phrasing conveys emotion. Bob Dylan could be an influence here. But, none of his influences are obvious in his songs. There is plenty of driving powerful tunes where he lets himself go and wails. The upfront sound of his work is a combo of Blues and Folk with a gritty country edge. No over-production, No special effects. Just the sound of the instruments, Acoustic and Electric. Superb.

Evan Price

Rock-n-Roll / Folk-n-Roll
I saw Ian Charles in a coffeehouse about a month ago. He played many of the songs from this disc. His show was completely solo and acoustic. He was completely engaging and he really rearranged these tunes to bring them the right treatment. This disc blew me away when I picked it up because it rocks! But, there is a nice balance with folky stuff. Really personal, great music. It's raw and loose and I was surprised to see that Ian also plays drums on alot of the songs.

Jim Cross

Rockin' / Acoustic'n balance of the scales
I watched Ian the other night at a coffeehouse in Fairfield, CT. His set smoked. He was pushing train songs, folk songs, story songs, rock songs, love songs, ballads. All different types but, all his own. I loved the show and I love this disc. I bought this at the show because of "Into The Horizon". But, I think it's time to buy his other ones too.
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