Balsams

by Chuck Johnson

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Otis Nugatory
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Otis Nugatory Thought I'd already reviewed this one. Entering it again.

Simply one of the most stunning albums of the past decade. Didja ever want SOTL to get obsessed w/ slide guitar? Want no more!

I'll be buying the CD version via Forced Exposure this week (early 12/2020), cos that's how much I love this album.
Bill Merrill
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Bill Merrill Really excellent. Thanks, Chuck!
Elam Blackman
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Elam Blackman I saw the new movie Ford versus Ferrari tonight. congratulations getting your music on the soundtrack. I’m not seeing you getting any credit anywhere but I know that those were your songs.
Crashy88
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Crashy88 Oh, oh, oh: this was one of the most beautiful albums of 2017. Pedal steel guitar at its finest and most mysterious.
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  • Cassette + Digital Album

    The 2017 album Balsams now on cassette, with two previously unreleased bonus tracks.

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  • OFFICIAL European Edition Compact Disc
    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Only a handful of copies here in the US, this is the only official CD edition of Balsams (not to be confused with the CD-R copy sold on tours.) Released in 2019 and distributed in Europe by the tak:til label. Includes two bonus tracks not available on original vinyl edition.

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about

Chuck Johnson's pedal steel guitar debut delivers a group of pieces for ambient meditation. Recorded in a single two-week session during late 2015, and subsequently arranged/constructed/treated in the studio in spring of 2016, Balsams is awash in layers of tonal perfection. The album constantly evolves while maintaining a unified approach across both sides. Balsams is a record that lives outside genre and time, one that continues to develop with each successive deep listen. A unique expansion in the VDSQ catalog, Balsams is an album created in the hopes of providing solace and regenerative energies for many years to come.

credits

released June 2, 2017

Chuck Johnson: pedal steel guitar, synthesizers, treatments

Recorded and mixed by Chuck Johnson at Cirrus Oxide Studios, Oakland, CA
Mastered by Jeffrey Yellen
Cover design by Rob Carmichael, SEEN

All music published by Sruti Music (ASCAP)

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Some rights reserved. Please refer to individual track pages for license info.

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Chuck Johnson Oakland, California

N/S America bookings + licensing/commission inquiries - forest@asragency.com

Recordings available from Thrill Jockey, VDSQ, Three Lobed, Kompakt, Trouble in Mind, and Scissor Tail Editions, among others.

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