Chris Unck & The Black Roses
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Chris Unck & The Black Roses

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | INDIE

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | INDIE
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Chris Unck & The Black Roses — Country Roads And Love
Written, produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Chris Unck at the 585 and SoundsAtlanta

With Country Roads And Love, Chris Unck brings the listener along on a walk through his world. His lyrics are straightforward; his songs are personal. On the CD's first song, "Winding Rivers," he sings, "Welcome to my life," as he ushers the listener onward.
The music is a blend of country, blues, and Southern rock, which is well suited to the stories of relationships, drinking, and life's general foibles as told through Unck's lyrics. The saxophone combined with the harmonica on "Got No Sleep" and "Winding Rivers (Reprise)" convey the gentle, bluesy tone of the music, while the slide guitar, lyrical style, and song arrangement on "Don't Send Me Roses" and the title track, "Country Roads and Love," exemplify the more folk and country aspects of the music. "Crackerbox Palace" and "Lucy Twine" utilize whistling and "I'll Find My Way Home" features hand claps to give them their own unique sound.

Unlike most singer/songwriter-generated CDs, this one features a variety of vocalists in addition to Chris Unck's raspy lead vocals, which just adds to the diversity of the overall sound. This is a long CD by today's norm, 16 songs and over 70 minutes of music, but the diversity of the music and the stories of life make it an easy ride.
The inside cover of Country Roads And Love reads: "Chris Unck, you have managed to capture a year and a half of your life very well." That he has.

-Kat Coffin

- Southeastern Performer


Country Roads and Love (2008) - Lower 40 Records

Ridiculous!! Ridiculous!! (2009) - Lower 40 Records



The studio may be his home as a producer and engineer, but his heart is sold out to his love of his own expression through song. Chris Unck, who spends much of his time on the road with Butch Walker as his guitar/lapsteel player, has been behind the boards for years working most notably with the likes of Johnny Winter, The Beggar's Guild, The Sundogs, and The Last Waltz Ensemble. His latest creation, "Ridiculous!! Ridiculous!!", was released in a digital format August 18, 2009.

Most recently the world is being introduced to Unck through his work in video production. As producer of Butch Walker and the Let's Go Out Tonites' new live DVD release "Leaving the Game on Luckie Street", Unck accurately brings to life the live performance experience. But even with all his projects, he will always have to satisfy his own muse; expressing his own thoughts, stories, travels, and heartaches.

Influences range from Sigur Ros to Howlin' Wolf, but Chris's music sounds similar to the Rolling Stones' forays into country music, Van Morrison's early days, and the awesome songs by The Faces that you may not be familiar with.

Chris's music serves as a running commentary on his life, and almost every song is a result of an event or story that has shaped him thusfar. There is also an appealing element of transparency in his songwriting that reflects who he is as a person. For example, Chris embedded 'Crackerbox Palace' with actual voice mail left by his girlfriend at the time and the title track is a microcosm of any relationship he's ever had.

Interesting people always have the best stories, and Chris certainly fits that description. His keen knack for relating anecdote through song is both endearing and relevant to the listener.