Saturday, April 7, 2001
- "Heck is what you get if you don't believe in gosh." This was a bumper sticker aside quoted by Chuck Pyle during his concert at the Folk Music Society of Huntington this Saturday.
- Folk guitar Pyle is the Mister Clean image singing country to city folk. His finale engaged the audience to sing "Don't Push The River". This song and many others gave the audience a glimpse into his heart. He is a river man who has a lifestyle to match the "go with the flow" philosophy. In a breathy voice with foot-tapping cadences, many of his storytelling songs caught our attention like no other singer. He redefines the term laid-back with an ease that lowers ones' heartbeat. He doesn't have to force his humor. It is as natural as prairie grass waving in the wind.
- His first critique as a singer at the age of 18 was that he should personalize his songwriting. He's done that, singing his way along his journey refining a guitar style that lets him talk some songs with delightful strummed interludes. I've never seen a guitarist tune his instrument with such style. He covers it with conversation about his father, experiences, and humor.
- In the church sanctuary, his first song was a lesson in listening. I had difficulty understanding the words; this forced me into a deeper listening that was reward enough. His ten-gallon hat holds a lot more than ten gallons worth of songs. There's an overused term "pure entertainment" which applies here. Pure entertainment! Reciting a poem by an obscure cowboy; smiling and hat tipping after every song; lovely flowing lyrics that teach and heal; "Help me. I'm trapped on the inside of my face." All these little tidbits added up to a wonderful experience for an appreciative audience.
- Hallelujah for a songwriter who gives his audience an opportunity to look into their own life and perhaps make some changes. His music did that. Here is a preacher in a cowboy outfit.
Review by Tom Stock, Manorville, NY
Chuck Pyle's charismatic voice and pumping guitar style combine seamlessly to make a dazzling kind of Southwestern Acoustic rock. His humorous looks into the humanity of us all say the things we've always thought and wished we'd said. A beloved performer, his Zen cowboy character illumines the mind and empowers the heart for one of life's quintessential feel-good moments.
Chuck has lived on the front-range of Colorado for over 30 years and spent most of that time traveling the country playing theaters. festivals, colleges and coffeehouses. He has four albums to his credit and a locally well-known theme song he composed for the 13-part PBS series, Spirit Of Colorado, beamed world-wide by satellite.
Though better known as a performing songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker, John Denver, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Suzy Bogguss and Chris LeDoux, Chuck has also developed a reputation as a powerful, push-the-envelope guitar stylist, and has taught guitar seminars at such prestigious events as the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop. Chuck is also one of the more popular performers on the singer-songwriter circuit. He is a regular at the Kerrville Folk Festival, and his song Every Day Now was nominated as best song at the prestigious Kerrville Music Awards. He was part of Christine Lavin's Songwriter retreat in Martha's Vineyard that included David Wilcox, Patty Larkin, Pierce Pettis, Cheryl Wheeler, and Cliff Eberhardt.
He premiered a one-man theater piece called Zen Gallon Hat (A One-Fact Play) in December '96. He has also just begun recording a new album with the members of Jackson Browne's band that will feature guest artists including Richard Thompson, John Gorka, Jackson Browne, Jerry Jeff Walker, Tim and Mollie O'Brien, Tish Hinojosa, and Guy Clark singing duets with him on his most popular compositions as well as several new songs.
- "Between the humor and story comes the signature loping guitar and the western rural intellect...his tumbleweed fingers build campfires in your mind..."
Lubbock Avalanche Journal
- Chuck Pyle is a tall drink of cool water with a voice to touch a heart and a beat to swing it. From the land of cactus , sand and sage, comes a long and lanky tunester ruthlessly driving a herd of songs into your happily ever after....
Chuck Pyle's web site