Colin Brooks | Chippin' Away at the Promised Land

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Chippin' Away at the Promised Land

by Colin Brooks

"..a certain nocturnal intimacy with a voice that's dark and wistful and haunted--sort of a Chet Baker meets Ry Cooder as they take Robbie Robertson for all he's worth in some Louisiana pool hall dive." Dakota Lane
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Drive Me Home
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2. Show Me the Way
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3. They Remember
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4. Cool Water
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5. Lay Lady Lay
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6. Mexico
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7. Nobody
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8. Sugar
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9. Mr. Right
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10. Chippin'
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11. Run
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12. Lay Me Down
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Just back from an Australian Tour Colin is hard at work on his next record tentatively titled "Water In The Sky". It is due out mid summer 05 and will be accompanied by a release of the more naked and intimate demos of old and new songs.

"Colin Brooks from Austin Texas was moodily magnificent in two gigs at The Troubadour. These were the highlight of the festival for me. Only Jeff Lang five years ago had a similar effect." Woodford Folk Festival 04/05 The Fly, Cairns Australia


Colin is one of the Kerrville New Folk Winners of 2003

Colin Brooks communicates his tales with a dark and wistful voice that is at once both intimate and powerful, creating a hypnotic and nocturnal sound that is very much his own. He is also an accomplished guitar player, who can make his steel-body dobro sound deceptively graceful while still attacking it with his heavy brass slide.

His songwriting talents are already garnering him notice. He is the 2002 Abe Olman Scholarship Award winner from the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. He received the award largely because of the strength of the material on his debut album Chippin Away At The Promised Land, which was recorded primarily in Woodstock, New York. Performing Songwriter says "The spotlight is not unwarranted. Driven by Brooks' ragged-but-right vocals and greasy dobro licks, the album delivers a refreshing 50/50 mix of blues-based Americana roots and good old fashioned pop hooks."

Making the album was, in its own way, a testament to the respect he has already earned. He is joined on the album by such musical luminaries as drummer Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Sheryl Crow), who also produces one track, Sara Lee (Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls) and legendary bassist Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson).

Chippin' Away At The Promised Land was actually born in Taos, New Mexico. Brooks had been playing extensively in the local club scene there for some time, and was eventually persuaded to make a recording. In no time, local radio took note, and began giving a song called Drive Me Home significant rotation. That song became the lead track for Chippin' Away At The Promised Land. Brooks moved to New York to finish the record, splitting his time between Woodstock and Brooklyn, and built a strong following while working on the record

Colin Brook's approach to songwriting is a combination of bluesy informality and sophisticated craftsmanship, a duality easily traced to his musical upbringing and development. On one side is the boy who played his father's Gibson Hummingbird guitar while sitting on his lap in the living room of their Michigan farm. On the other side is the serious and driven young man who honed his craft at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music. What results from the collision of these influences is the sound of Colin Brooks, whom Linda Lorence, VP at SESAC, says is "the freshest talent I've seen in NYC in a long time. He is an Americana artist on the rise."

Allowing no grass to grow under his feet Colin has moved to Austin, Texas and is already hard at work on his next collection of songs, while supporting the release of Chippin Away At The Promised Land.


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Jimb Jackson

Great Piece of America
Hard to imagine this material being written and performed in this century. It is as vital to the American landscape as Stephen Foster or the Wyeths. An insightful anchor to the laid-back past with the knowledge of the present and mystery of the future. A gem.

Minor 7th Webzine


Colin Brooks swings for the fences and hits it out of the park with this release. It's a roots project with a pop slant. The album is a cohesive, captivating experience, based on a flawless mix that highlights his gritty, Shawn Mullins-style voice. That's not to take anything away from Brooks. In fact, his voice strikes this reviewer as less posed, more natural. And the mix is awesome. Studio pros take note. The first cut, "Drive Me Home," sounds like the intended hit single, and in a more perfect radio world it would be. The next song, "Show Me the Way," features a beautiful, ephemeral, vocal chorus. Every guitar lick fits perfectly, a virtue that continues throughout the CD. "Nobody" evokes the classic jazz feel of a song like Elvis Costello's "Almost Blue"-no mean feat. "Sugar" is a tough song: "Sugar wants a cowboy," but barbiturates will do. Check out the killer swamp-ass lead guitar on this one. The title cut, "Chippin Away at the Promised Land," showcases Brooks' roots cred over a dirty slide guitar. Only the cover of Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay" misses the mark that Brooks himself establishes on the other cuts. "Lay Me Down" closes the record on an intimate acoustic note, with a naked, Greg Brown-style vocal presence that lets you down easy. The album includes cameo appearances by the renowned bassist Tony Levin and drummer Jerry Marotta. And hats off to mixer Todd Vos. Great cover shot, too. Rarely do indie albums put the whole package together as well as this. Colin Brooks is the real deal.

Kirk Arnold

Great songwriting, musicianship and vocals.
Very nice mix of folk, rock and the blues. Terrific songwriting, coming straight from His Soul, always sincere.
A Great voice to match the words for sure. The musicianship
always accompanying tastefully with great feel. A wonderful recording with a diversity that shows musical maturity.

Mitzi Hensley

Buy this album.
Although Colin Brooks' haunting voice invites comparison, his sensuous talent is all his own. This is a soulful album -- in parts an exploration of longing -- and Colin's voice conveys that with a power equal to his insightful lyrics.

Mark Palmer

wonderful music
This is the best CD I've heard in many years, One of the few that does justice to Bob Dillion. Great song writing and wonderful proformance, a must have for all music lovers. very diverse and entertaining.

sbs

Highly recommended.
Great songs, impressive production. Colin can really play ...

D. Crowley

this cd is a wonderful mixture of smokey, sexy and folk I loved it!!!
This cd is a wonderful mixture of smokey, sexy and folk.
I loved it and highly recomend it.