Photo by John F. Russell
Front man Chris Walsh, center, joins drummer Peter Heitz, left, and bass player Andy Pratt to form the band Trouble or Nothing. The band is hosting its debut CD release party at the Depot Art Center from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. The band is scheduled to start playing at 8 p.m.
Friday, September 18, 2009
If you go
What: Trouble or Nothing CD release party
When: 7 to 10 p.m. today
Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.
Online: Learn more about the band and keep track of upcoming shows at www.myspace.com/t...>
Steamboat Springs The songs on Chris Walsh's debut CD have been floating around in the local singer-songwriter's head for most of this decade.
They've been tested on and showcased to Mahogany Ridge Open Mic Night audiences for years, and in a CD release party today, Walsh's band, Trouble or Nothing, will play them with the fully orchestrated energy the Steamboat Springs-bred writer always imagined.
"I've been playing them out around town for years, and I'm just now finding the right people to work with," Walsh said. The CD release party for Trouble or Nothing's debut, "Inflatable Rachael," is from 7 to 10 p.m. today at the Depot Art Center. Admission to the all-ages show is free, and the Steamboat Springs Arts Council will operate a cash bar during the party.
"Inflatable Rachael" has been in the recording process since 2006 and is 10 tracks of fun, danceable rock, with original music and lyrics by Walsh.
Trouble or Nothing is Walsh on lead vocals and guitar; Andy Pratt on bass; and Peter Heitz on drums. The band members have been playing in local outfits for years, with Pratt regularly singing and playing piano with his jazz trio and Heitz working on rock and jam projects. Pratt also plays keyboards on the album. Heitz said he's enjoyed adding his own voice to new songs for the band.
Walsh thought of the band name when he misread the phrase "double or nothing," he said. The regular comic strip artist for The Local and Arts Council "Cabaret" performer drew up a logo for the band based on the CD's first track, an addictive and slightly absurd cut called "Super Monkey."
Like a lot of music, "Inflatable Rachael" puts 90 percent of its subject matter in dysfunctional relationships, Heitz and Walsh said. It also puts a sly touch to that dysfunction.
"TV Time," the first song Walsh wrote for the album, jokes that the writer is in love with his television - "All my life I spend my time just staring at you like a zombie / And every time I come home I just love to turn you on." The record's title track is based on a Joe Wilson story that appeared in The Local a few years ago, and is aptly named.
Walsh recorded "Inflatable Rachael" at assistant album engineer Tom Schwall's home studio; Scott Singer co-produced the album and helped set Walsh up with his band and guest musicians. Guitarist Steve Boynton, bassist Willie Samuelson, drummer Eric Barry, percussionist Cary Kamperschroer, Schwall, Singer and Pratt lent their musical experience to the project.
Trouble or Nothing's CD release party is the first concert in a new series of songwriter nights organized by the Arts Council's performing arts committee. The Depot will host a local songwriter once a month in an intimate performance setting, said Rachel Radetsky, events and facilities manager for the Arts Council. A cash bar will be available at each concert, and organizers hope the event will grow to include about an hour of open-mic performances before each concert, Radetsky said.
The Arts Council also starts its new fall film series with a screening of "Local Color" - a film about plein air painter Nicoli Seroff - at 7 p.m. Sept. 25. The screening is free for Arts Council members and $5 for nonmembers. A screening of "Frida" is Oct. 16, and the Depot presents "Basquiat" Nov. 13.