Chuck Hawthorne (from the album Fire Out of Stone available on 3 Notches Music)
Chuck Hawthorne shows that true Texas singer/songwriters make use of more than just wordsand music for their tales. On the recent second album release, Fire Out of Stone, Chuck Hawthorne uses the environment as part of “Standing Alone”, the light creating shadows in the doorway while the lead character becomes another invisible roadside attraction, a ‘road sign shot full of holes’. Fire Out of Stone follows “Sara’s All the Way” down to an Austin meeting and adjusts the meds for the moon walk story in “New Lost Generation”. The jump start for Fire Out of Stone was a tune from a fellow musician, “I Will Fight No More Forever”, Chuck Hawthorne sharing the story that ‘I’d purposely let a package that had been delivered to the house sit unopened on my workbench for quite some time. I knew the contents. Edith Dobson had thoughtfully sent her late husband’s final album to me from Switzerland. It wasn’t an album I wanted playing in the background as I shuffled around the shop; it deserved a genuine listen with a full spirit. Late one night, after all our traveling musician houseguests made it to bed, I put Richard Dobson’s last record on and discovered the song, ‘I Will Fight No More Forever.’ I probably listened to it 20 times that night.The next day, I realized Dobson had gifted me the theme of my next album. I started looking into my back catalog selecting songs about survival, transition, and moving on… crucible songs, making Fire Out of Stone. It turns out I had quite a few to pick from’.
Gentle guitar notes lightly fill the air as Chuck Hawthorne sails his voice over “Amarillo Wind”, the lush tones in his delivery richening the tale of freedom as he drives a highway to glory in the tribute to an Indian motorcycle and its outlaw passenger for “Such is Life” while Fire Out of Stone is asked to pick a side in “Worthy of the Sea”.
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