Chris Cernak

Chris Cernak

 Wurtsboro, New York, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

"Unlike a lot of stripped-down singer/songwriters who can be monotonous, Cernak manages to not only hold the listener’s interest, but to keep them fully engaged... With his deft use of varied rhythms Cernak he is a strong songwriter who uses blunt language to effectively convey blunt feelings."

Biography

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What it boils down to is Chris Cernak loves playing music. You can see it in him every time he picks up a guitar. Whether it’s by himself on the side of a road in the middle of nowhere, or in front of 500 people(biggest show to date,) music has just always felt right to him. He had to walk away from a dream come true in late 2006 and it took a few years to realize that he belonged back chasing his heart all around the country side.
In early 2011 Chris released his first official studio album Down The Road. During the writing and recording he experimented with a fairly new sound and style to him which was fashioned after the way his late mother always liked to hear him sing. Down The Road was a solid stepping stone to help propel him back into the career that he had valued so much in his early twenties. Now 31 years old and of a different mindset he has a few substantial tours under his belt, a new band together and the first four songs off of his new album 'Free' will be release in Nov 2013.
Chris has a unique sound all his own. He prides himself on the fact that he can finish the sullen singer/songwriter show at 8pm; be at the bar by 9pm to rock and roll for another 4 hours; then get up the next morning to head to the next town and do it all again. To quote his good friend and frequent guitar player Mike Lerario “a bad day with a guitar in his hands is better than a good one without”.
Chris was recently reviewed as "a songwriter who manages to not only hold the listener’s interest, but to keep them fully engaged. Part of it is deft use of varied tempos and the other is that Cernak is also a strong songwriter who uses blunt language to effectively convey blunt feelings: sadness, regret, longing and hope." –Michael Coleman, On Tap Magazine(September, 2011)

Notable venues played:
The Van Dyck- Schenectady, NY
Plattsburgh State University- Plattsburgh, NY
Musselman Triathlon Festival- Geneva, NY
The Great Escape / Splashwater Kingdom (Six Flags)- Lake George, NY
Northern Lights- Clifton Park, NY
George Mason University- Fairfax, VA
The Skyline- Albany, NY
Revolution Hall, Troy, NY
The Bitter End- New York, NY
Millenium Music Conference- Harrisburg, PA
Cape May Singer Songwriter Series- Cape May, NJ
Times Square (The Real Radio Show)- New York, NY
Hotel Indigo Singer Songwriter Series- Nashville, TN
Battery Park- Burlington, VT
The Grape Room-Philadelphia, PA
Level X Lounge- Washington, DC
King St Blues- Alexandria, VA
The Aulde Shebeen- Fairfax, VA
9:30 Club- Washington, DC
The Purple Fiddle- Thomas, WV
The Midtown Scholar- Harrisburg, PA
Rosendale Café- Rosendale, NY
Acoustic Coffeehouse-Johnson City, TN
Commodore Grille- Nashville, TN
Milkboy Coffee-Ardmore, PA

Lyrics

Days Like Today

Written By: Chris Cernak

It’s days like today that I miss you
It’s days like tomorrow
That I’ll wake up all alone
It’s days like today
I wish I had you right here in my arms
A thousand more tomorrows and you’ll be home

And until that day comes
I’ll just sit here
Hands folded by my side
Dreaming about tomorrow
Doesn’t that sound nice
Tomorrow
And you by my side

Its nights like tonight that I need you
To lay by me and show me how to live
Cause you’re the only one that could ever make it go away
The only one that can stop the tears I’ve cried

And until that day comes
I’ll just sit here
Hands folded by my side
Dreaming about tomorrow
Doesn’t that sound nice
Tomorrow
And you by my side

Satisfied

Written By: Chris Cernak

You said Come home
and I did
Because I wanted to
You said come home to me
Because i'm losing you
So I traded the road
for a desk, nine to five
and a tie
you know I've worn a lot of suits
in my day
Aint never been satisfied

Aint never been satisfied
No never been sad
no aint never been sad
about not being satisfied

So come backstage with me tonight
after the show
and I'll show you
I'll show you so many things
you never thought you'd know or
see
You see Ive been a lot of people in
this world but I haven't found me

Aint never found me
Aint never found me
No never found me
no I haven't ever found myself

Aint never been satisfied
No never been sad
no aint never been sad
about not being satisfied

Discography

The first group of songs from 'Free' The Ep are completed and will be officially released in Nov, 2013. Making an album like 'Free', and having a band to support have long been dreams of Chris's and it is finally becoming a reality.
In early 2011 Chris released his first official studio album Down The Road. During the writing and recording he experimented with a fairly new sound and style to him which was fashioned after the way his late mother always liked to hear him sing. Down The Road was a solid stepping stone to help propel him back into the career that he had valued so much in his early twenties.

Set List

(This is a standard list of cover songs for a four hour night. Chris tastefully mixes in original songs depending on the crowd, and the venue. Chris also performs many singer/songwriter style shows focused mainly around his original compositions)

Sample list of Original Tunes

Down The Road
Satisfied
My Ability
The Way You Taste
Jack of all trades
The music man
Your thing
Do what you want with it
When it rains it pours
Don't look back
Messed up situation
Who am I anyway
The way
Dead again
Days like today
Don't be like that
Leaving
Let me be me
Long drive home
Sing your song
Running on empty
Don't blink
Yesterday, Tomorrow
I'm Sorry
The days go by
You're already gone
Going home
I'm not perfect
Something special
Downward spiral
One more breath
The old man
Fade away
Mother
Samantha
Something to hide

Covers

Can’t you see (Marshall Tucker Band)
3am (Matchbox Twenty)
The weight (The Band)
Crazy love (Van Morrison)
Blue eyes cryi