Chuck Pyle, while well-known nationally, is one of Colorado’s own local celebrities. He wrote the theme song for the PBS Spirit Of Colorado series, has played dozens of small towns throughout Colorado, for the Rural Arts Council and the Colorado Park & Recreation Association, as well as, sang with a 30-piece orchestra and introduced the Governor at the historic Cherry Creek celebration.
Admired as a humorist and innovative guitarist, he writes what’s best about Colorado, songs of forgetful cowboys, heroic highway patrolmen and brainstems gone ‘critical’. He’s performed for the Colorado Legislature, on Austin City Limits, at Bill Gates home and had his songs recorded by John Denver, Chris LeDoux & Jerry Jeff Walker.
The new CD, HIGHER GROUND - songs of colorado:
Chuck has returned to Boulder to record this record’s three new songs at Coupe Studios, with producer, John McVey. Gordon Burt supplies violin and viola. Colorado’s own celebrity photographer, John Fielder, has kindly contributed the genius of his right-time, right-place photography. [www.johnfielder.com]
In Chuck’s own words:
Everything about this album has to do with the gift of living in Colorado. The three new songs are, Little Town Tour, which I wrote to rural Coloradans, those who instinctively protect the land; and to their little towns, where they go to buy supplies and connect with neighbors. The WWI song, Moonlight On The Colorado, is about a yearning for love back home in Colorado, and John Denver's, Rocky Mountain High, is, of course, the new State Song.
The other songs are ones I've written and recorded over the years, some to beauty, others to the harshness that improves our vitality. Colorado’s the theme song for the PBS series, “Spirit Of Colorado”. Endless Sky’s to that longing for where the sky is the most significant landmark. Here Comes The Water’s about our most devastating flood. Our state inspires many forms of freedom: I wrote Mile High Feeling about escape from the city, Nighthorse and Keep ‘Er Steady, Cowgirl about the freedom of the Cowboy Way, and Grandpa’s Hands and Over the San Luis about different kinds of freedom altogether. Keep It Simple is to that period in Boulder’s history when12-step was everywhere and Dr. Andrea Von Steinhaus’ afternoon talk show was America’s first Radio Therapy Talk Show, and the single most popular radio show in Colorado history.