Photo Credit: Courtesy of Chris Carmack
Triple-threat singer, songwriter and guitar player Chris Carmack released his debut independent EP PIECES OF YOU (Unbridled and Blue) Friday (12/11) to outstanding critical acclaim. Showcasing Carmack’s wide range of influences - everything from the jazz and blues he grew up playing on saxophone, to rock, pop with a few touches of country - the early reviews applaud the five-track compilation produced by multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winner Ben Fowler (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Michael McDonald) and Phoenix Mendoza.
“Stunning” – Entertainment Weekly
"...a record that's contemplative and self-exploratory, shot through with bursts of fiery fretwork."
- Rolling Stone
“The guy is pure talent - one who isn’t afraid to paint outside the lines, and sound just as pure and as authentic in any one style as the other.” - Sounds Like Nashville
“His mellow vocals are slightly reminiscent of country mega-star Keith Urban” – Digital Journal
“Definitely one to add to the ‘awesome’ pile!” – Renowned For Sound
“…a remarkable offering that features astute writing and comfortable grooves that play like old friends Carmack has known for his entire life.” – AXS
“…an impressively soulful, genre-blending piece of work.” – The Shotgun Seat
Carmack celebrated the release with a return to the Opry stage (listen here) at the historic Ryman Auditorium on December 11 and was introduced by non-other than guitar legend Vince Gill who has praised the multi-talented actor, “He is a wicked good guitar player, and I’m sitting there saying ‘OK, what’s the story, are you a frustrated guitar player or frustrated actor that made you so good at that…'”
Currently in production on “Nashville,” viewers will get a rare and intimate look at life behind-the-scenes on tour as cameras follow Carmack and fellow cast members for “Nashville: On The Record 3,” airing on ABC tomorrow, 12/16, at 10 p.m./9 p.m. CST.
Recently Carmack and the entire cast were honored by CMT with the first-ever “International Impact Award” during the 2015 CMT Artists of the Year special for “helping to spark Nashville’s red-hot renaissance” (CMT president Brian Philips). He has also been featured on THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE soundtracks, including THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE: ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK, SEASON 4, VOLUME 1 (Big Machine Records). In 2014 and 2015 Carmack also performed live with the cast on ABC’s Opry-produced “Nashville” concert tours. The popular show has received nominations for People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards and Critics’ Choice Television Awards.
For more information on Chris Carmack, please visit www.ChrisCarmackMusic.com.