The CSL Jr Band is based in Sedalia Missouri. Formed by Guitar player/Songwriter Chuck Lancaster
the bands lineup rounds out as such. Jamey Shepherd (Guitar), Les Gifford (Bass), Carl Michael (Drums),
Greg LefHolz (Vocals).
The debut album Voice of the Heart was a product of some personal advise given to Chuck from the local record shop owner- thanks Mark! It was noted that there was to much of an attempt to satisfy the people around him and not enough focus put towards reaching inside and pulling out what was there. Being in Central Missouri there is not a huge Blues Scene so the passion for that brand of music had always been
put aside. Basically if you wanted any revenue or remote success you needed to play country and or classic rock. Nothing wrong with either but is wasn't where the true love of music lied. When this was proposed It was almost an apifiny, needless to say the light went on. The new concept became what the hell, what do you have to lose? Give yourself a try. The next step was finding the same kind of players who couldrelate to the same ideas and had a feel for blues and rock music.
The road started with Kentucky native Jamey Shepherd. 37 years of age Jamie was clearly cut from the Hendrix cloth. Strongly rooted with deep love for Jimi's style and tones set him on a clear path for the love of all blues music. Currently residing in Sedalia Missouri Jamey is a father and husband first. His interest
in perfect tone (damn gearhead) and computer savvy was a dead ringer, a perfect match for bouncing ideas and complimenting Chuck in an amazing array of attack and tone. The guitars were set.
Carl Michael was next. 27 years old born and raised in Sedalia Missouri. Carl is diversely talented, well rounded in guitar, bass, keys, songwriting. Carl can play damn near anything. He was picked up in this project for his mesmerizing tempo and metronomic control behind the kit. Love for Skynerd, the Allmands
and really all flavors of music was an absolute given that the anchor of the bands sound was in tact.
Les Gifford was contacted after Jamey,Carl, and Chuck had spent a little time writing and arranging some of the material that is now on the album. Les owns Prairie Grove Recording in La Monte Missouri and was asked if he would be interested in recording the project. Les an over accomplished bass player soon found that we didn't have one and said that he would be more than interested in performing on the album as well
as record it. Are you kidding me! This was a no brainier. Les at 57 brought instant creditability, experience and savvy to the project. Playing in countless bands, touring the country and being a career musician locked the rhythm section to the floor. Endless influences, Getty Lee, Dusty Hill just to name a couple. Carl and Less provide flawless foundation. A full bread Missourian in his own right Les set out to "show us" the path
we needed to be on.
The final stretch of road traveled to complete the lineup was suggested by Les. A dear friend and fellow workman musician of over 10 years together, Greg LefHolz was shearly dropped from the heavens above to sing on this project. Les knew right away after hearing the first few pieces of music we brought to the studio that Greg was the guy! Born in K.C Missouri and growing up in the Grand Pass area Greg's likes
range from the grand ole opry to Delbert McClinton. Greg currently resides in Richmond Missouri and at 60 years of age every second of those 60 years pass through his golden pipes with each fragrant note. The lineup was set and the rest is magic.
The mindset in the studio was to create a sound that was traditional yet different. To mix Blues with Soul, Emotion and a little attitude. There is plenty of rocking rifffage with songs like All In and Coupe DeVille. The traditional side was captured with New Lovin Blues and the Delta embrace of Hangman Blues. Texas respect is shown in homage of Texas attitude in Big As Texas. The emotional side bleeds out Soulfull
arrangements like Dont Give Up On Me, Lonley, and I Wonder. Musicianship is expressed in the fun little number called Bluzin It. The album finishes up with a very Warm number about the birth of a little boy named Mason.
All in all we believe there is many styles and sounds to appeal to all types of listeners. The CSL Jr Band would like to thank in advance all who support their local scene as well as those who help to push it further. We can only hope and pray that this album may touch you in some way listening to it that it has us two fold in making
it! We are sincere and grateful! Its real life! Something we all can relate to….God Bless
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