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Cory Chisel and Friends – 2 Night Stand -Sunday and Monday
August 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - August 28, 2017 @ 10:00 pm
2 Shows at the Bookstore. Sunday and Monday.
The wait for new music from Cory Chisel and Adriel Denae is over.
The Appleton-based team of Chisel, the Fox Cities-raised singer-songwriter and Mile of Music co-founder, and Denae, his longtime collaborator, will release a new record — their first as a duo — on Aug. 4. It’s called “Tell Me True.”
“Tell Me True” was recorded at The Refuge and produced by Dan Knobler. It marks the first release from Chisel since 2012’s “Old Believers.” That record, as well as 2008’s “Death Won’t Send a Letter,” were released as Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons. This will be the first as Cory Chisel and Adriel Denae.
Cory Chisel is an old believer. You can hear it in his music – there’s a wisdom beyond his years in that voice. You can see it in his story – the son of a preacher, sheltered from pop music, raised on hymns and Johnny Cash. “Mom played piano and organ, my dad did the preaching, the thing that my sister and I could add to the service was to sing.” As fate would have it, the kid was born to do it.
He grew up in the Iron Range town of Babbitt, Minnesota, and the rural flatlands of Appleton, Wisconsin. Along with the family’s spiritual doctrine, came a musician uncle, who taught Cory about the blues: Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson.
This musical education put young Cory on a path that was well worn by the greats who came before him and influenced him: people like Cash, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding. For Cory, songwriting is a by-product of existing. We all talk to ourselves. Cory does so with a melody. Those internal conversations are the seeds, the building blocks of his songs. “Where a painter, in order to express himself, would reach for a canvas and paints, I go to the guitar and try to build it out. Or sometimes songs just come fully-formed, usually, if I’m really sleep-deprived and driving for whatever reason, it’s like a radio station that my brain picks up.”