A refreshing sound in modern country music, Chris Guenther speaks of truth and realism with raw vibrancy and poignancy that reflects personal conflict, rejection, confusion, and understanding - a 'Honky tonk Confucius' with the artistry to tell a story with poetic lyricism. His second studio album 'Destination's Unknown' is a collection of country, western, folk, and Americana that leaves listeners with a message that speaks to the American soul. Destinations Unknown Chris Guenther Red Arrow Records, 2005 Destinations Unknown, Chris Guenther's latest CD release is a collection of poignantly written songs ranging from honky tonk to Americana. Drawing listeners into expressive ballads and dance hall rhythms, it is apparent that Guenther is a scholar of classic country music. The album's ten tracks, all penned by Guenther, weave smoke laden honky tonk songs with neo-western folk balladry. Strong instrumentation lays a framework for Guenther's rich vocals, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, and guitar work. A number of songs stand out on this album. Among them, 'Catch & Release,' an up-tempo contemporary flavored number and 'I Gunned Him Down' a dark epic about the conscience of a gunfighter, make the listening experience memorable. Other notable tracks include the title cut 'Destinations Unknown,' a bluegrass influenced lament, and 'King of the Jukebox' a solid country two-step. There is strength to this music that does not require elaborate videos, spectacular performance settings or inflated hype to generate a lasting interest. In a time when country music's influences and styles are so blended and homogenized into over processed forms of pop music, it is extremely refreshing to find a piece of work so true to itself. The ten tracks on the album tell stories and paint images about human experiences, dealing with heartache, growth, dependency and reflection on life's twisting path. Ultimately, it is a work of musical styles steeped in rich history served up in their true form with solid musicianship - a voice with a delivery that sounds like he means every word he sings. - Bruce Whitcomb - Arcade Recording Engineer.
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