Christian Lopez

About The Artist

Christian Lopez is a 19-year-old with the soul of a 65-year-old Appalachian mountain bluegrass musician hidden away inside, steeped in the roots of his West Virginia upbringing in Shepherdstown on the shores of the Potomac River at the northeastern panhandle tip of the state. On his debut full-length effort, ONWARD, the young artist emulates the sound produced by the region’s resident pickers and strummers, writing all but one of the songs on the album. Highlights include the Old Testament gravity of the focus track, “Leaving It Out,” the plaintive, yearning lament of “Seven Years,” the twangy pedal steel guitar lacing through “Morning Rise” and the whistling-past-the-graveyards fatalism of the ghostly goth-gospel “Oh Those Tombs,” a song Christian discovered in the public domain popularized by Hank Williams. 

Christian’s impressive melding of influences into something identifiably his own ranges from the classic rebel country of Kris Kristofferson (“Morning Rise”) to the lyrical folk-rock of Jackson Browne and James Taylor (“Take You Away,” “The Man I Was Before”); from the classic rockers in his dad’s record collection like AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, Foreigner and Free ( “Goodbye”) to the neo-Americana revival of the Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show (“Don’t Know How”), which first prompted him to unplug his electric Les Paul to prove you can “rock your face off” with an acoustic. There’s even a hint of world music in the Middle Eastern rage-by-way-of Celtic jig of “Stay with You,” which builds to its own impressive, operatic Orbison-esque climax.

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