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Lopez takes aims with "Red Arrow"

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 – Singer-songwriter-guitarist Christian Lopez will release his sophomore album, "Red Arrow" (Blaster Records), on Sept. 22.

Produced by Marshall Altman, the disc is the follow-up to "Onward"(2015), which was produced by Dave Cobb.

In contrast to his debut, Lopez shared some of the songwriting this time. "So much of the previous record was written at home in West Virginia, long before I had a record deal," he said. "I had developed into a solo writer just out of circumstance. But touring and sharing a lot of time and miles with so many other inspiring musicians just lends itself to the spirit of collaboration."

Lopez wrote Dave Berg, Liz Longley, Gabe Dixon and Mindy Smith. Songs include "Swim the River," "Don't Wanna Say Goodnight," "Caramel" and "Steel on the Water."

Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids helps with backing vocals and acoustic guitar on "Caramel."

A native and resident of West Virginia, Lopez's style has been influenced by Kris Kristofferson, The Avett Brothers, Jackson Browne and James Taylor.

CD reviews for Christian Lopez Band

Onward CD review - Onward
The full-length debut of the Martinsburg, West Va.-based Christian Lopez Band is a pleasant mix of country, bluegrass, folk and pop. At 19, singer/songwriter Lopez displays a maturity not only in the quality of his songwriting but in his choice of the lone cover as well as he transforms the traditional "Oh Those Tombs" (recorded by Hank Williams and the Stanley Brothers as "Lonely Tombs") into a bluesy country-rocker. The bluegrass roots are evident on several tracks »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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