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If music archaeologists dug up Chris Pickering’s records in 50 years, they would find his music as fresh, exciting and relevant as listeners do today.
Pickering has created his ‘time capsule music’ by absorbing generations of music and literature, allowing it to mature and blend into a unique style and sound that can only be called his own.
Yet despite their timelessness, Pickering’s songs are very much from his own era, the catchy melodies and sparkling arrangements peppered with clever, contemporary and thought-provoking prose that offer an insight into his imagination.
In 2005, Pickering released his first solo EP, “Hard to Find,” soon followed his by critically-lauded acoustic country-tinged LP “A Safer Place.”
Pickering continued his prolific output with the release of his “Ghost City” EP in 2006. Throughout 2007 Pickering toured Australia while crafting his second LP, “Excuses Excuses”, released independently in 2008 and re-released by Think!/Fuse in early 2009.
With awards (Qsong Awards 2007 and 2008, semi-finalist International Songwriter Competition 2008) and a swag of critical acclaim under his belt, Pickering showcased at the prestigious South by Southwest music conference in Austin, TX in 2008. Two trips to Nashville, TN followed, where he performed and co-wrote with some of the town’s best songwriters.
After showcasing at the North American Folk Alliance in Memphis, TN in February 2009, Pickering moved to Nashville for an extended period to do what he does best: write and perform great music. In April he was selected to showcase at MusExpo in Los Angeles, CA, where he played (to a full house) at the renowned Viper Room.
In November 2009, Pickering recorded his third album at famed Ardent Recording Studios in Memphis, TN, with Stax Records producer and artist Don Nix producing. Featuring an elite of Memphis and Muscle Shoals session players, “Fiction” is Pickering’s finest album to date, and will be released in Australia New Zealand by Longtime Listener Records in June 2010.
In the meantime, you can hear the album’s first single, “Absolutely Miss Lucy”, on selected radio stations and your favourite online music store, or just visit www.chrispickering.net to hear the song and watch the video clip.
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