Whether composing for film or creating records of windswept, spectral pedal steel, Chuck Johnson imbues his music with a sense of mystery and dynamic tension. His latest album is Music From Burden of Proof a soundtrack to Cynthia Hill’s HBO docu-series exploring Stephen Pandos’ investigation into the 1987 disappearance of his sister, Jennifer Pandos.
We’re back in that cosmic pedal steel zone, still finding new possibilities and unexplored territories. Come and join the party with these recent / recommended sweet steel jams from Dave Easley, Old Saw, Lake Mary, SUSS, Mouth Painter, and Chuck Johnson.
Chuck Johnson’s The Cinder Grove is a positively gripping experience from start to finish, full of tones and zones that spark the imagination and encourage deep listening to every note, every descending chord progression, every solar flare melody.
Witness: the greatly-anticipated “ambient pedal steel” album from Chuck Johnson. Due June 2 via VDSQ, Balsams is the follow-up to last year’s Velvet Arc, a record we praised for its […]
Bay Area guitarist extraordinaire Chuck Johnson’s recent (mostly) solo acoustic LPs have proven him to be one of the most reliable players on the new-Takoma School scene. His new album, the utterly […]
It’s been more than half a century since John Fahey made his first recordings, kicking off what he called the “American Primitive” or Takoma School of acoustic guitar playing — […]