Endless Sky

Chuck Pyle

Review for Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange

No one captures the feeling of the west like Chuck Pyle. Not the vulgar defiant individualist who struts around sticking his low social grace in your face, but the quiet introspective lover of the land; all its textures and creatures. His stuff is completely relaxing.

This is the third release by the singer-songwriter from Colorado the first two being, "Step by Step" and "Drifter's Wind." Pyle spent several years writing country music in Nashville for among others Jerry Jeff Walker. Today, he writes songs, gives workshops, and tours; preferring to create music that is less commercial and truer to himself.

When Chuck sings of the west he reminds me of a soft wind. "Akasha Wind" and "Moonglow Rising" are wonderful word paintings of the outdoors. This is Chuck Pyle at his best. Like an offshore breeze moving out onto the gulf, "Sailing" shows that Pyle is equally at home under sail, as well as in the saddle.

"Everyday Now " is the bittersweet story of love's last gasps when the pain overwhelms love and a relationship meets its end. Chuck creates a poignant picture of the desperation of someone who when faced with losing his love makes promises that neither can believe. If "Everyday Now" showed a pitiful person losing his love, "The Winter of Our Affair" is simply depressing. This song is just bitter without the sweetness. "Your Life in Love with Me" is the only true love song; well done at that. It recovers a lot of the emotional ground lost to earlier cuts on the album.

Texas Mosey - An opportunity for Pyle to show that he is more than a pretty face with a pen. He does some first rate open tuning guitar work - Though it sounds a lot like Leo Kottke, that isn't bad company and a whole album of this stuff would probably sell.

If "Slow Time Kid" is biographical, Chuck Pyle had an awesome childhood. A truly inspiring story of growing up in a small town surrounded by the railroad and the outdoors. For something completely different there is "Gypsy Minor," the story of woman possessed by a spirit from within her violin. She is compelled to play whenever the moon is full, driven... "The wood lives by the light of the moon." Gordon Burt plays an absolutely captivating violin solo and backup on this piece.

Selections:

Production and engineering on "Endless Sky" is high quality. It is more highly produced that "Step by Step," so if you can not tolerate electric guitars, synthesizers, and drums you may want to pass on this one. Before you make up your mind, however, you may want to know that Chuck is backed up on this album by Tim and Mollie O'Brian, with additional assist from Tim on mandolin.

So at the end of the review, I find myself back where I started - No one captures the feeling of the west like Chuck Pyle. When you've heard it you will know what I mean.

Chuck Pyle distributes on his own label. To purchase a copy of "Endless Sky" or either of his earlier albums, write: Chuck Pyle, P.O. Box 385, El Dorado Springs, CO 80025.

This review is copyrighted by Great Desert Northwest Music, 1995.
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