Cale, Grant Green, the slide work and vocals of Lowell George, and the fingerstyle techniques of Leo Kottke. His guitar skills and sense of melody come through in the song arrangements, and improvisation is a huge part of the music. Lead guitar and slide breaks a la Duane Allman, Eric Clapton, and Jerry Garcia enhance shows so that each performance is singular in many ways. Christopher has been on the road on average for about six months out of each of the last seven years, playing countless shows in the SoCal area with his band, The Rollers, in between, and you can hear it in his music. Timeless songs, original, yet echoing elements essential to the classic appeal of Taj Mahal, the Band, Bob Marley, Little Feat, and other artists of the last several decades, increasingly populate Christopher’s repertoire.
His lyrical and melodic ideas sometimes paint a picture or reveal a philosophical ideal and are usually aimed at creating a heightened sense of awareness in the listener. Comes Around Again (available on iTunes) contains communal themes of interconnectivity, attachment to Mother Nature, and embracing the unknown. The songs on the album employ word plays, activism, and straight-ahead fun good-time rock n’roll. They come across as classic American tunes, sung in a strong voice described as “inviting” and “amiable.” With the release of Red Lights Green in 2006, The Roots of the Tree in 2009 and Comes Around Again in 2010, Christopher continues to expand his catalogue of songs. He is based in Southern California with his band, the Christopher Hawley Rollers. CHRISTOPHERHAWLEY.COM firstname.lastname@example.org 529 1945 PRESS: “new folk gold” “the Rollers’ atmosphere is inclusiveness” “certain versatility in every CHR song that allows for diverse interpretations by varying ensembles” “his unique brand of genuine, organic musical expression is a mishmash of vivid fretwork, approachable songwriting, thumping bass, and percussion that truly shines on his latest effort, The Roots of the Tree” … a bubbly harmony of rhythm and melody that inspires a little extra lift on the soles.” SANTA MONICA COLLEGE CORSAIR NEWSPAPER “golden-throated Venetian…” ARGONAUT “The sound quality on The Roots of the Tree is very good overall with the guitars and vocals coming through nicely.” “They play together well, in a tightly cohesive style while kicking up the boogie factor.” “Songs are drizzled with the flavor of Eric Clapton's early solo work.” “This is a fun listen from start to finish, featuring some excellent guitar work with a laid back vibe.” MUSICTAP.NET “He aspires to write songs that are fun to listen to and speak on a deeper level.” VAIL DAILY “roadwise songcraft” “rocking troubadour” FLAG LIVE “songs that have a real positive vibe and message…soundtrack-like or picturesque…evoke images…recapture the feeling or scene…” DESERET NEWS “Christopher Hawley’s songs will bring the rain and end the drought.
It’s true! Well at least his song ‘Waiting for the Snow’ has been known to bring snow to tour stops in Colorado.” “Each concert away from home brings new adventure, and each adventure brings new songs. A gifted musician and lyricist, Hawley captures the immensurable emotions of his exhilarating lifestyle and the shared experiences of the people he meets along the way.” “…with soulful vocals and honest delivery from a man who’s lived the life to tell the tale.” HERALD TRIBUNE “You have some truly great music going on.” BILL PAYNE, LITTLE FEAT Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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