Chris Castle | Hollow Bones In Monotone

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Hollow Bones In Monotone

by Chris Castle

Americana, Folk, singer-songwriter.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Fields Of Stone
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2. Lion In A Cage
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3. Down
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4. Like You Mean To
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5. Adelai
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6. Both Ends Of A Gun
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7. Rest My Weary Body
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8. Seven Minutes Fast
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9. Don't Go Steppin On Me
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10. Rise Above
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11. A Hundred Billion Years
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Album Notes
\"After more than a decade and a half of playing music, 32-year-old Chris Castle is still a well-kept secret. Maybe it’s because the Ohio-based singer/songwriter put down his guitar for six years before re-emerging last summer to record this 11-song collection, which feels like a confession from the heart of the American Midwest.

His soulful voice and engaging lyrics rest easily over stripped-down skeletons of acoustic guitar that shuffle along dirt roads and through tired towns. These are songs shaded with longing and loss and redemption.

Castle says he aimed to create \'an album of songs rather than production and arrangement.\' What he ends up with is an authentic connection to the world-weary soul of American roots music.\"

Our Pick: Both Ends of a Gun


\"If a Midwestern heartland sound satisfies your soul and pleases your ears, then singer-songwriter Chris Castle is your guy. Castle\'s reflective Americana roots sound (and honest, coffeehouse vibe) is minimalist like Nick Drake, rootsy like J.D. Souther and earnest like Josh Rouse. And you can add a pinch of Ryan Adams and Elliot Smith in for good measure.

Hollow Bones in Monotone, Castle\'s first new long player in six years, is a true dashboard confessional and sure to leave a peaceful, easy feeling for listeners.

Recorded over Memorial Day weekend of 2007 at OMNIsound studios in Nashville, this 11-song set found Castle and his compatriots Joe Linstrum (acoustic guitar / vocals) and Tony Schaffer (bass / vocals) focusing on bright acoustic guitars, harmonicas and underpinning the whole affair with a 1964 Gibson bass.

From the opening strains of Fields of Stone to the chugging Seven Minutes Fast, the beautiful Down and picturesque set-stealer Both Ends of a Gun, there just isn\'t a bad cut on the disc. A great offering and summer roadtrip treat, Hollow Bones in Monotone makes the time fly. Be sure to hit the repeat button on this one, friends... not that you\'ll need that cue after hearing it yourself.\"


\"Wow. Down is gorgeous.\"

- Carol Young (the Greencards)

\"One of the five best albums of 2007.\"

- Shawn Henderson (stay Tuned; WSCA 106.1 Portsmouth, NH)

\"One of the best songwriters in the U.S.\"

- Bob McCarthy


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Bob McCarthy

"Hollow Bones" is a classic right out of the gate.
The special thing about Chris Castle as songwriter, is that he builds songs as if they were rooms, and then he invites you into them. And in doing so, he invites you to become an intimate part of his life. It’s a lot like going to the theatre, in that the writer creates a place for you to go; sit, listen, and even watch- what’s going on. Very few writers do that these days. In the glut of information brought to us by the media, it’s refreshing when a songwriter of his expertise and talent comes along.

I consider myself blessed to have become friends with Chris, his guitarist, Joe Linstrum, and newly added bassist, Joshua Devaney. This trio, through their music and the depth of the writing of Chris Castle, all add up to making the songs from Hollow Bones in Monotone a classic right out of the gate.

- Bob McCarthy


Hollow Bones~~ Excellent
I think it is great. I actually went to the same school as Chris Castle. I remember sitting in the Gym during school and listening to him play. I saw him on myspace and I thought I would come listen. The music is excellent. I love music like that and I listen to it every morning!! I just love it!