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by Chuck Pyle

Sparse acoustic guitar and vocal showcasing a "push-the-envelope guitar stylist."
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Horses On The Highway
4:16 $0.99
2. Lay This Old Guitar Down
4:27 $0.99
3. I Always Go Walking
4:35 $0.99
4. Here Comes The Water
4:36 $0.99
5. Light Of My Love
3:35 $0.99
6. Keep It Simple
3:35 $0.99
7. Step By Step
3:51 $0.99
8. Jaded Lover
3:28 $0.99
9. Family Land
4:17 $0.99
10. Why, Honey, Why?
2:46 $0.99
11. Train Wreck
4:06 $0.99
12. Keep 'Er Steady, Cowgirl
3:25 $0.99
13. Saturday Night Somewhere
3:04 $0.99
14. Other Side Of The Hill
3:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
TO SOME, singer/songwriter Chuck Pyle is a walking contradiction. One reviewer labeled him "the Zen Cowboy" for his delightful but seemingly at-odds mix of upbeat New Age humor and straight-from-the-saddle poetry. Deciding to, as he says, "ride the horse in the direction it's going," Chuck has taken the nickname to heart, shaving his head and blending Zen truisms with horse sense.

His music mixes western themes, folk, rock, cowboy poetry and new age humor into his own unique "Southwestern Acoustic" sound. The songs are at once complex and enchantingly funny. He compresses a story to its very essence, quoting bumper stickers, proverbs, world leaders and old cowboys then mixing in his own philosophical blend of Cowboy Zen.

An accomplished songwriter, Chuck's songs have been recorded by a number of popular artists, including Jerry Jeff Walker, John Denver, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Suzy Bogguss, Tish Hinojosa and Chris LeDoux. The song "Colorado" became the theme song for the PBS series, Spirit of Colorado, which is beamed world-wide by satellite. In 1980, Chuck wrote "The Other Side of the Hill" which has been recorded by over 20 different artists including Chris LeDoux who renamed the song "Cadillac Cowboy" and took it to the top of the country charts in 1991.

But along with being a lauded songwriter, Chuck Pyle is a well-known performer in his own right. He has developed his own powerful and unique finger picking style which he calls "Rocky Mountain Slam Picking," which simultaneously emulates rhythm guitar strums and lead guitar lines making him sound like an entire band. He has taught guitar seminars at such prestigious events as the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and the Swannanoa Gathering.

Pyle, a native of Newton, Iowa, has lived on Colorado's front-range for over 30 years and has spent most of that time traveling the country playing theaters, festivals, colleges and coffeehouses. He has five albums to his credit, and is currently in the studio working on his sixth.



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Joe Higgins

Simple production makes this an acoustic music lover's treasure.
This is acoustic/folk music at its finest. Pyle's fine writing blends seamlessly with his solid and well thought through guitar accompaniments. Add a little bass, a little violin here and there, and a few small touches and you have a great CD. His arrangements avoid the "sleepiness" of many folkies, while still staying true to the syle and avoiding the temptations of moving into the pop side of folk music.

bonnie ruth

replacement copy
this cd was a replacement. i played my first copy for a friend and they liked it so much, i gave it to them. so of course i had to get another for ME!

Denise Boman

Quintessential Zen Cowboy
Riding boots to running shoes to lightly-treading moccasins & Zen sandals, this classic "round-up" of campfire songs can make your storm clouds disappear! Chuck's deep husky voice echoes the sound of sacred ground he sings about; not the usual "surface" lyrics & discordant sound of pop music, he touches the heart & soul with masterful chord work accompanied by carefully crafted notes & words. A truly unique artist - always a treat for the true listener! May his Train of Dreams find a new track to follow . . .

Pamela Light

lovely collection of Pyle's smooth style
It's great to hear earlier songs from Pyle, whose easy style is evident no matter what decade of his career one focuses on. This cd is very gentle and seasoned with selections that honor his sense of 'play'. Also includes great poignancy in Here Comes the Water.

Tim Jamison

Step by Step
This is my favorite Chuck Pyle album. I bought it because Chuck said it was mostly just his guitar for the music. I was worried about the dat, thinking the songs might be out of step, but they\'re great. Bought it Sep 2008.

Ron Clark

Great CD - I Have Loved Chuck"s Music for Years - Awesome
Always good stuff! - Was a fan in Boulder when I lived there in the late 80's and early 90's. Was acquainted with Chuck fron Unity. Happy Trails!