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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  Song Share Time Download
1. Straw Mountain Stream
2:25 $0.99
2. Angel's Lullaby
3:03 $0.99
3. Calm Before the Storm & Mother Nature's Tears
3:46 $0.99
4. Flurries
2:39 $0.99
5. Ave Maria
3:44 $0.99
6. Pixie Dust
2:21 $0.99
7. Seasons Change
2:46 $0.99
8. Sand & Dreams
3:55 $0.99
9. Serenity
3:03 $0.99
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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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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.


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.

Taylor Sappe, recording engineer

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.

Jackie and Danton Arlotto

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


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.

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".


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!

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.

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.