Currently celebrating the release of his independent debut album ‘Lucid’, featured on WXRT 93.1fm Chicago, Graham Czach (www.grahamczach.com) has also been a big part of The Windy City music scene for a number of years playing bass with Chicago Afrobeat Project and the Aaron Koppel Quartet. Graham received a nomination for The Deli Chicago’s Artist of the Month for September 2010 and his originality/versatility as both a musician and composer have earned him more... endorsements from two internationally recognized music equipment companies—D’Addario Strings and Eden Electronics/US Music Corp. Czach has also performed with the best in music including GRAMMY Award winners Paul Wertico and Howard Levy. He recently recorded double bass on GRAMMY winner Lupe Fiasco’s new album L.A.S.E.R.S.
Infused with an expansive ‘60s-‘70s classic/progressive rock sensibility, yet fully grounded in the musical vibe and social realities of the 2010s, the Chicago based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s highly anticipated solo debut has a few dreamy romantic songs—most notably, the simple and ethereal, classically influenced “True Love.” Yet most of the collection’s 12 tracks are truly art for the mind and spirit, tapping into themes like caring for the planet (“Gather Round,” a tribute to John Lennon featuring references to the legendary Beatle’s chorus from “Across the Universe”), the downward spiral of harmful addictions (“Nightmare”), spiritual discovery (“Reincarnate”) and abortion (“Choice”). His eclectic album reflects his early influences when Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were practically a religion, along with icons in later years like Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden and The Mars Volta.
Czach promises to donate a portion of the proceeds from Lucid to the non-profits he supports, including Greenpeace, Planned Parenthood, the American Cancer Society and the Art of Living Foundation. Further illuminating the emotional-social mindset behind the music on ‘Lucid’ is another key collaborator, legendary album artist Jeff Jordan, who created the provocative album art on the cover and in the CD packaging. Jordan’s work on the 2008 Mars Volta album Bedlam In Goliath was voted the #2 Best Album Cover of the Year on the Rolling Stone Readers’ Rock List; Jordan also painted the Mars Volta covers for Amputechture and Octahedron.
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