“Listening to Chris Pickering just feels good.”
– Jody Stephens, Big Star
“Like country Badfinger.”
– Terry Roland, No Depression Magazine
There’s a story that goes like this: in 2008 Chris Pickering decided to pack his bags and guitar, and relocate to one of the most competitive music cities in the world, Nashville Tennessee. It was during this time in Nashville that Chris met and agreed to work with legendary Stax Records producer, Don Nix. This collaboration resulted in the recording of his third album “Work of Fiction”. It was working and recording in Nashville that began to shape the future direction of his own unique songwriting style, a style that is to be found all through his latest releases, the EP Corners, and his latest single, Canyons (released July 2015).
CHRIS PICKERING has made a name for himself in a short space of time. An accomplished drummer, finger picking guitarist, singer and also pretty handy on the harmonica, CHRIS PICKERING’s musical ability and song writing skills, as well as stage presence, all go to forming an exciting performance.
Now Melbourne based, Chris Pickering is a singer/songwriter who is not a slave to any dominant trend or fashion, yet doesn’t shy away from comparisons to the great songwriters of the 20th century. His songs talk of relationships, philosophy and the occasional dark side of the human condition, albeit with an ever-surreptitious wink to his black sense of humour. Chris is most often compared with other genre defying singer-songwriters such as Rufus Wainwright, Wilco and Neil Finn.
“It’s as though he’s discovered his own personal pop-genre hybrid that may incorporate melodic rock, psychedelic music, gospel soul, country, folk and blues”.
Terry Roland, in Alt Country Music Blog ‘No Depression’
Upon release of his Work Of Fiction record, the highly regarded Australian reviewer, Jeff Jenkins wrote in Rhythms Magazine -
WORK OF FICTION
(3.5/ 4 STARS)
Big respect for Chris Pickering – his third album is wildly ambitious. Not content to make another album at home in Brisbane, he went to the source, recording at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee with Stax Records’ great Don Nix (who has produced John Mayall, Albert King and Charlie Musselwhite). ... But Pickering pulls it off, and that’s a fact. The result is a superb collection of soulful country-tinged pop. File next to Ron Sexsmith.
While currently promoting and playing releases from his current EP ‘Corners’, Chris is in the final stages of completing his next album. The five years that Chris spent in Nashville will be seen as a pivotal point in his evolution as a songwriter, the results of which will be released soon. Whilst in Nashville he befriended and played alongside many of the finest up-and-coming crop of songwriters and performers in Nashville, including Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, Kelsey Waldon, Caitlin Rose, Cale Tyson, Kelsey Waldon, and numerous others. The as yet untitled album is the result of recordings that have been made at Bomb Shelter in Nashville, and Hicksville Studios in Joshua Tree, CA. Accordingly, Chris engaged the services of producer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes) and up-and-coming Australian producer and artist Adrian Mauro (Machine Age) to help administer the final touches to his latest work.
In October 2014, Chris showcased some of this new material in a month long residency at Melbourne’s Yarra Hotel using a band featuring Mick Thomas from Weddings, Parties, Anything on bass guitar. This residency gave Melbourne audiences their first opportunity to experience the breadth and depth of his song writing talents with a full band. To cap that off, Chris also appeared at Queenscliff Music Festival in November 2014, performing with a full band to a strong reception.
A new single, 'Canyons', was released in July 2015, which also happens to be the title track from the upcoming album. He has continued making regular appearances around Melbourne, both solo and with his new three-piece band, and in October 2015 he and the band performed to rave reviews at the inaugural Dashville Skyline Festival in the Hunter Valley, NSW, alongside other acts such as Bahamas, Wagons, Holy Holy, and more.
Chris's new album, Canyons, will be out in August 2016 on independent label Resuscitation Records.
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Label: Resuscitation Records