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By Roman Sokal
Moncton's Chris Colepaugh and Lynn Daigle are the Cosmic Crew, and they transform this Eastern community into a rolling and rocking landscape where one swears they can actually see the Golden Gate Bridge off in the horizon. Their unique blues are warm, and their frolicking country jam folk isn't as retro sounding when set aside some moments of psychedelic stringiness. The spirits of Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton and definitely Santana are heard coughing in the background, but the material is fresh enough not give anyone emphysema.
Jambase.com SXSW Review - Austin, Texas
I was blown away by the Canucks in Chris Colepaugh and the Cosmic Crew as the gravelly soul in Colepaugh's voice was at the helm of this band, which can lay down a wicked Southern-fried boogie with a kick in the ass. The dude has a cool beard too.
Colepaugh Proves there's an audience for jam bands
EDMONTON JOURNAL – Edmonton, AB
While the jam band and progressive rock scenes in the States continue to thrive, thanks to a startling number of passionate and gifted acts, it’s been relatively tough sledding for those musical forms in this country. However, the upward direction that Chris Colepaugh’s career has taken is a sure sign that rock music fuelled by instrumental intensity does have an audience in Canada – and a devoted one at that – if it is properly minded. Heading into a Saturday night show a the Sidetrack Café, the Moncton, NB – based guitarist, singer and songwriter expects nothing less than the rabid reception he’s enjoyed in other parts of this country during his lengthy road trip.
“This is our ninth tour across Canada and we see the turnouts in every city and town we play picking up, “says Colepaugh. For some time now the adventurous musician who appreciates the ground tilled by The Grateful Dead and Phish has enjoyed pulling in to what he terms “cool hot spots” for the band.
“We’re known for putting on pretty intense shows. My philosophy is I want the performance to be a show. Some jam bands forget that element, “continues Colepaugh, who is starting to gain notoriety stateside, particularly along the eastern seaboard of that country, where the band recently toured with the North Mississippi All-stars. Thanks to some connections via a friend working for Artimus Records, which distributes Tone Cool – home base for the All-stars – Colepaugh and the Cosmic Crew were introduced to what he says was “a ready made crowd for us.”
“One show was in front of a crowd of about 5,000 in Providence, RI and we kicked the living daylights out of them.”
CHRIS COLEPAUGH channels the cry of a Gibson doubleneck 12/6 through an over-driven tube amp in a hard-driving southern-rock groove. Multi-award winning, international touring and with a fest o’ crunchy guitar licks, Colepaugh will have you air-guitaring all night long.
Chris Colepaugh and the Crew return to their southern rock blues roots with their latest award-winning album “Missed A Page”. With subtle homage’s to their intense live show and a focus on deeply personal songwriting, Chris Colepaugh and the Crew have crafted the perfect blend of rock and blues. Relentless touring over the past several years with support spots to artists such as Gov’t Mule, The North Mississippi Allstars, Grady, and Big Sugar as well as countless headlining shows in Canada and the United States have allowed Colepaugh & Crew to develop a legendary live show and a reputation for musicianship. Such that, in the last six months, Chris Colepaugh has lent his skills to fellow Canadian Roch Voisine for tours throughout France, Belgium and Switzerland while the new Colepaugh & Crew album was being prepped for release. With this recent launch of “Missed A Page”, Chris Colepaugh and The Crew have enjoyed continued support from Canadian radio and plans are underway to develop their market in the U.S.
Chris Colepaugh makes southern dipped old-fashioned rock that bridges the gap between old school doubleneck guitar crunch and moaning alt-country pedal steel wail. Live, his band ‘The Cosmic Crew’ are monsters of energy that pace the stage with confidence and explore a world of massive riffs in their improvisations. In the studio, Chris blends their heavier stage sound with well-crafted rock-with-thought songs that fans just can’t get enough of.
Chris Colepaugh’s new Malkin Music/Sunburst Studios/Fontana North album “Missed A Page” is produced by none other than Chris Colepaugh himself, and represents album number nine for the band. And it, much like him, refuses to be categorized by just one music label. On “Missed A Page” Chris Colepaugh explores influences of rock, blues, folk, alt country and soulful picking as he deftly covers weighty topics through soulful songwriting in classic southern-rock style .
He and The Cosmic Crew have performed at festivals throughout Canada and the United States and have toured extensively with over fifteen national ( CAN & US ) coast-to-coast tours where part of his US itineraries have included dates with Government Mule, North Mississippi Allstars and Grady. Awards and nominations are plenty and include the East Coast Music Awards, The International Acoustic Music Awards, The Toronto Music Magazine Awards, the Contact East Touring Excellence Awards and many others.
Chris Colepaugh’s catalogue of music has also had its share of accolades as well. His song “Caught Up To You” was featured on the international hit television show Degrassi : The Next Generation ( Episode 808 ). “Spotless Mind” from “In Your Backyard” was part of the film “Break The Cycle” from Ireland. Chris was also a semi finalist in the Starbucks Music Maker Series in Vermont and his song “Coffee Shop” was featured alongside of Moe., Bob Weir and Umphrey’s McGee on the 2007 – 10,000 Lakes Festival CD. In addition, there are the numerous compilation CDs he has been featured on.
However, it is not just his Cosmic Crew that brings music to Chris Colepaugh, it’s also his friends. An observer with a keen eye would have spotted him playing drums for Star Académie winner Wilfred LeBouthillier, playing pedal steel across Canada, France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Germany with International Canadian sensation Roch Voisine, invited by Gordie Johnson on stage to perform pedal steel and guitar with Grady, and playing sessions for artists such as International Daniel Pearl Fiddler Samantha Robichaud, multi-country-award nominees Melanie Morgan and Darcy Mazerolle, francophone artists Annie Blanchard, Anique Granger, Trisha Foster, Jason Lang and many more. And with producing securely under his belt ( he spent two weeks in Texas at Willie Nelson’s Studio mentoring producer methods with Gordie Johnson ) there is no stopping this guy!
Chris is endorsed by Sennheiser Microphones, Gibson guitars ( full feature and interview on Gibson.com USA ) and Traynor Amplifiers, and has signed a deal with his management company and Fontana North Distribution.