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Chuck Johnson
A Struggle Not a Thought
SAAH070 CD / LP + Download (1st 100 pressed on white vinyl) / MP3
Release Date: November 8, 2011

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Track Listing: Last Moments at Chittor (4:20) - A Slender Thread (1:54) - Down In Flames or Not At All (3:26) - Alight in the Nor'easter (3:26) - Swallow the Sun (4:07) - The Flying Spire Don't Have No Mercy (5:18) - Caldera Wires (4:09) - Scene Shop Spectre (2:22) - Ochre Rubric (4:05) - Dissevered (2:20) - The Stars Rose Behind Us (4:13)

"Chuck Johnson's A Struggle, Not a Thought is both pensive and dynamic, balancing sound and silence, and hinting at 20th-century classical techniques and methods." - Kevin Macneil Brown, Dusted



Chuck Johnson is a composer and musician currently residing in Oakland, CA, whose musical acumen and resume is as diverse as it is impressive. He was a member of Spatula, Idyll Swords, and Shark Quest - influential bands in the Chapel Hill independent music scene of the 1990's and early 2000's, and his early influences of North Carolina Piedmont blues and the "American Primitive" approach are widely evident , especially through his contributions to Idyll Swords (Communion/Three Lobed) and Shark Quest (Merge Records). He has composed music for several feature-length documentaries, including Brett Ingram's award-winning films Monster Road and Rocaterrania (as a member of Shark Quest) and Cynthia Hill's Guestworker. In addition to his work as a guitarist, Johnson performs electronic music using homemade and analog instruments, creates interactive and intermedia work with unusual interfaces, and works extensively with just intonation tuning systems - all with an ear towards finding faults and instabilities that might reveal latent beauty. To top it off, he holds an MFA in electronic music from Mills College. For all of these achievements, however, an album comprised strictly of his solo acoustic guitar music has eluded him, although hints have abounded through various compilation albums, the most recent snapshot surfacing last year via the lauded Beyond Berkeley Guitar compilation (Tompkins Square). Long in the making, A Struggle Not a Thought is Johnson's full length debut, an album brimming with sparkling fingerstyle compositions that are just as forward-thinking and jaw-dropping as any revered documents by the steel-string compositional masters, both past and present.

What is truly striking about A Struggle Not a Thought is Chuck Johnson's ability to distill rich vistas and vivid panoramas into succinct compositions - akin to Glenn Jones or Steffen Basho-Junghans at their most concise and lyrical moments. From the initial strumming of chiming steel-string found on opener "Last Moments at Chittor", Johnson evokes an atmosphere of true intimacy, drawing the listener in with his masterful technique and serenading them with chiming currents of steel string beauty. "The Flying Spire Don't Have No Mercy" is a propulsive 12-string cascade spilling into melodic, undulating sound pools, while "The Stars Rose Behind Us" is like a perfect melding of Jack Rose leather and Glenn Jones lace.

Tremendously expressive, A Struggle Not a Thought shows us that a modern steel-string powerhouse has been lurking behind the scenes for many moons now. Here's to inaugurating Chuck Johnson into the pantheon of acoustic guitar players where he quite rightfully belongs.

*Chuck Johnson is a former member of indie bands Spatula and Shark Quest (both Merge Records) and Idyll Swords (Communion, Three Lobed).
* Performed with Pauline Oliveros, Peter Kowald, Eugene Chadbourne, Frank Gratkowsi, James Fei
* Appearances at Siren Fest, BENT 2004, Transmissions Festival, Signal+Noise, the Festival of New American Music, and the San Francisco International Film Festival.
* On tour November 2011 with Eric Carbonara, Trevor Healy and Pairdown, East Coast USA.
* RIYL: Glenn Jones, Robbie Basho, Jack Rose, John Fahey, Sean Smith, Peter Lang, William Tyler.
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