(Press Release) In 2013 The Chris Casello Trio featuring Jimmy Lester and Johnny G. d’Artenay were in their ninth year of working the world famous honky-tonk, Roberts Western World in Nashville TN. Scott McEwen from the Fry Pharmacy had the crazy idea of recording and documenting the band using his 1957 Ampex 3 track half inch tape machine. This was done by loading the gear into a 1979 half-ton Chevy pick-up truck and parking it outside on the street and running only three microphones to the stage. This had to be set up in less than 30 minutes in the midst of traffic, tourists, musicians, drunks, cops and transients that flood lower Broadway all day and night. It was an ambitious undertaking to say the least.
The result was a tough, honest, raw live performance of one of the most influential bands in Music City, featuring Nashville Scene 2012 Honky Tonk Hero and 2017 Ameripolitan Musician of The Year, Chris Casello. The high-energy 13 song set captures the aggressive, good natured urgency of a band on the strip in the days of serious competition, where if you weren’t killing it, the guys next door were pouring lighter fluid on the piano and setting it on fire to steal your crowd. It was survival of the fittest, and this recording shows just how fit the CC3 were in their prime and still are to this day.
Price Harrison from Feralette Media filmed the event and created a smashing mini rockumetantary available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwGLeVhralk
As a bonus, four tracks are included from early recordings with Mark W. Winchester (Brian Setzer, Planet Rockers) and Mark Horn (Derailers) the original CC3 in the studio and at Nashville Public Library.
A rough rocking and rolling roots ride in the city that Willie said “was the hardest.” Play it loud, no ear buds allowed. www.chriscasello.com
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