Joe Chuckra | Acoustic Serenity

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Acoustic Serenity

by Joe Chuckra

A soothing blend of classical and 12 string guitars used to create a sense of relaxation and inner peace
Genre: New Age: Meditation
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1. Straw Mountain Stream
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2. Angel's Lullaby
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3. Calm Before the Storm & Mother Nature's Tears
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4. Flurries
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5. Ave Maria
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6. Pixie Dust
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7. Seasons Change
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8. Sand & Dreams
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9. Serenity
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"The House of the Rising Sun”. That was the first song I learned when I was six years old. My cousin showed me where to place my fingers and how to use a guitar pick. I had no idea what a chord was or how to read a note of music, but I knew that playing the guitar made me very popular at show and tell.

I remember sitting next to our black and white television, on Saturday mornings, strumming my guitar along with the “Monkeys” and trying to imitate the “Beatles” while I watched their cartoon.

I had come from a musical family, and my father (who to this day is an incredible trumpet player) had taught me important music fundamentals. My older sister played the accordion, and I was next in line. After an unsuccessful attempt at this instrument, my father steered me toward the trumpet. I played all throughout high school, but I also remained true to my first love, the guitar.

As far as my musical influences, I grew up in the period which is now known as “Classic Rock”. From Aerosmith to Zepplin, and all bands in between that “rocked” my world. If I had to chose one band that shaped my musical style, that band would be “Jerry Kelly/ Dakota”. Dakota’s incredible harmonies, along with their melodic chord structures have made me a devoted fan for years.

To sum up my 20-year journey as a performer, I started out in a local garage band called “Ghandi”. It was a band that gave me experience and exposure as a guitarist/vocalist; but college eventually pulled me away, and I found myself going down another musical path.

While attending Penn State University, I became quite popular as a singles act, performing at dormitory parties and smaller restaurants. After graduating, I returned to the Hazleton area where I continued as a singles act. Eventually, I would team up with two other musicians, forming a vocal trio known as “Trilogy”. Trilogy was another very popular local band, and my confidence grew as a lead singer. It was with this band that I sang on my first record and was introduced to a professional music studio.

Well, all good things must come to an end. Again I found myself going down another road. I followed up on another opportunity and joined an “oldies” band known as “The Fall Guys”. This was a band that had tons of talent and a reputation that packed halls and clubs every weekend.

After five years with the Fall Guys, I then pursued an opportunity with a country band known as “Whiskey Run” (talk about making a 180). Again, I found myself surrounded by very talented musicians that included fiddle, steel guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, acoustic and electric guitars and incredible three-part harmonies. Whiskey Run was very popular right around the time country line dancing exploded, and I was at the right place at the right time.

Eventually, for one reason or another, Whiskey Run disbanded and “Steel Canyon” emerged. This was another harmony-based band that attracted a large following. Once again, I found myself surrounded by some extremely talented performers.

As the new millennium was rolling around, I decided to take a break from performing nearly every weekend since the early 80’s. I figured it was time for something different. Shortly after retiring, I was approached by an old friend, Dan DeMelfi, who asked me if I would like to teach in his music studio. I agreed and I taught for six gratifying years. It was during this time that I began to write and compose my own songs.

I have spent the last year arranging and rearranging fragments of songs and piecing together all of my thoughts and ideas. It has been a long process, but finishing my own compositions, and having a CD with my name on it has to be one of the greatest accomplishments I could ever hope for. Hopefully, I have carried this love of harmonies and infectious melodies into my own style of writing and by incorporating different guitars into my music, the result is a unique combination of relaxing textures. In other words, just sit back and enjoy the ride. But before you start drifting off, I would just like to thank several people who made this project possible. Taylor Sappe, for being the recording engineer; Greg Sunder, for his “angelic” violin solo and being a musical inspiration and string virtuoso; and finally, Matt McGasko for helping me compose and arrange “Serenity” (first recorded with vocals and orchestration in 1987).

Now with all that said, grab a soft pillow and your favorite beverage, turn your lights down low and get ready for some quiet, relaxing time. Does it get any better?

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Alison

Beautiful, Romantic, and Inspirational
This CD is great to listen to during dinner, or relaxing and sipping a drink, or just sharing time with a special someone. It is peaceful and takes to you a place where no matter what the weather or who you are with, you have a good feeling, and not much else matters. Great to hear quality music - beautiful and inspirational. Angel's Lullaby is my personal favorite.
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Keith

Quality Music
This is a quality CD. It is peaceful and relaxing. I thoroughly enjoy listening to it often. I highly recommend it to anyone, any age. Very talented guitar playing.
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Taylor Sappe, recording engineer http://www.taylorsappe.com

The most relaxing project I have worked on
After a long stressful day, working on the recording of this CD in my studio was a pleasure. When Joe began playing his music all of the tension of the day just melted away.
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Jackie and Danton Arlotto


Great Job Joe!!!! Keep it up with this absolutely spellbounding guitar music!
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Maria

Amazing!!!!
I just recently started playing guitar myself, and I was inspired and motivated by this CD. The songs are so beautiful and relaxing. I have always loved the song Ave Maria, but this acoustic version is my new favorite.
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Bill Lindquist

Relaxing and very melodic and just plain enjoyable.
When you listen to an album and you like everything on it, you have something special. I really enjoy this album. I thought the violin added something very special and I really loved "Serentity".
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Mel.

Peaceful and calming!
Perfect for when you want to sit back and relax. Peaceful and calming! A wonderful CD after a long day at work, for playing at a dinner party, or just because. A must have!
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Marie Payne

Very relaxing and calming
Wonderful relaxing CD, great to listen to while relaxing, working or when having guest over. I bought one for all my friends so they can enjoy it too.
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Margaret Mary Koval

Peaceful Music ♥
"Joe Chuckra: Acoustic Serenity" is a collection of beautifully composed music. Peaceful, soothing, and truly calming. It became a quick favorite of mine.
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