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Chasing Stars

by John Sonntag

rhythm-driven porch-swingin’ highway-weavin’ Americana pop”
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Waitin' On Time
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2. One Whole Day
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3. Chasing Stars
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4. Count To Ten
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5. Hey Lou
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6. North
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7. Full Moon In Her Eyes
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8. Black Suit
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9. Buster In The Back Yard
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10. Four Blocks Over
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11. Night After Night
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12. I'm On The East Side
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Album Notes
Holding on -- to troubled loves, old ways of life and belief in yourself -- it's central to the stories John Sonntag tells. A musical traveler who brings back treasures from many American corners and whose songs often follow the tragedies and romance of the road, Sonntag's work is as much about what stays with you as what you leave behind.

Listeners who have kept with him across an accomplished career know how far his music has come, but on this journey there's always room for new arrivals who will feel as if they've known him all along. The latest album Chasing Stars gives everyone a perfect and rewarding chance to catch up.

It's a heartfelt letter from the many landscapes Sonntag's musical imagination roams, ranging from the Latin-tinged "Waiting on Time" to the mournful country ballad "Count to Ten," the ominous swamp-funk of "North," the sophisticated urban rock of "Hey Lou," and beyond. A son of the rust belt with an ear to Nashville and professional roots in bohemian Hoboken, New Jersey, Sonntag is the distinctive voice that can tell our tales and set America to music.

He's taken a great stride from his debut album One More Midnight, which already went a long way into rootsy musical possibilities and simple but elusive truths of the human soul.

It's an odyssey he's always had good company on, as a top indie-folk producer and a sought-after session player on many instruments and multiple albums. Chasing Stars is the long-awaited result of these rich musical conversations in Sonntag's own words and sure, versatile voice (with several covers and collaborations that are as well-chosen as his solo compositions are well-conceived).

Sonntag's sweet, supple tenor joins sublime harmonies contrasting the sketch of the old man counting down the days of his life in "Waiting on Time"; the singer's hushed assurances of romantic rebirth counter a dobro that sounds like its strings are getting plunked by protruding nails in an abandoned cabin in the yearning "Count to Ten"; he gets breathless, sexy and desperate in the desolate "North" while the tune comes apart like a breaking-down getaway car in a tale of stifled escape. "Night After Night" is a lullaby of loss whose starkly lovely piano setting could create a new genre of country classical; and, as a songwriter who can speak for ordinary people, Sonntag's even in a position to put across an unpretentious protest song about politicians who presume to do the talking for us, in "Hey Lou."

These just scratch the surface of a disk that runs deep. There are also up-tempo celebrations of simple pleasures aplenty, in a musical trip across peaks and valleys whose next turn is always unexpected.

Soon Sonntag will be setting off on other journeys, into American towns where he makes a special connection with audiences who either know him now or will find him hard to forget. He's a keen listener you'll want to hear time and again. And though he may be chasing stars, he's at the head of the artistic pack.

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J-Sin

... he writes some of the best Americana songs you’ll hear.
John writes compelling easy-going folk pop tunes. Despite living in the Garden State he writes some of the best Americana songs you’ll hear. Boasting vocal harmonies just this side of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, “Chasing Stars” is easily one of the better entries in the world of AAA this year. Check out this superb singer/songwriter now!
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Ed Seifert

Tremendous! Catchy, acoustic guitar folk-pop.
Great sophomore effort from John Sonntag. It's hard comparing him to other artists,or to say if you like someone else in particular you'll like John, since his high lonesome voice makes him so distinct. This disc is brighter and less brooding than his previous (and also fine)effort, One More Midnight. Where that was dense and melancholy, this seems less introspective, more confrontational. Hey Lou may be my favorite track, with light echoes of Neil Young and U2, but there are many standouts, including the ambitious North, as well Four Blocks Over, I'm On The East Side, and the infectious title track. This is music that stays with you,
haunting and hummable all at once. I highly recommend this disc.
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“Boys and girls wear their black to stand out in the night-time. . . .” Anyone who writes like this has something to say. John Sonntag writes like this in "I'm on the East Side" track 12 on his new album, "Chasing Stars."

Sonntag is not just fresh but startling.

"Waitin on Time," the lead track, serves up dark rocks with a funky Latin beat. "After sirens sweep up his window chasing trouble - he stares at her picture next to his favorite chair. Lights a smoke, grabs the news, and drinks his beer. The old man turns his page. The old man turns his page."

It gets darker with "One Whole Day." dark on dark. "I can't see you I know it's wrong but you know why I can't call you, we'd start to talk and I'd start to lie, I've got someone, yeah she hates me now, she pulls away, but she's someone, when I need her most she's always there. . . Driving out of town in that August rain we parked in that field and we stayed one whole day. . . There's a hole in my heart - it wont close." This song is beautiful.

But "Count to Ten" "Close your eyes and count to ten slow enough to kiss again. I'm gonna chase your blues far from you, far from this new made bed." This can bring a tear to a cynical cop's eye.

"Hey Lou." "Do guardian angels ever drop their guard? . . . How come innocence is always lost? Hey Lou! How do I get out? How do I get through these days of doubt?"

"North" "Flat black midnight. Pulled into a quickstop. My boots scrape the blacktop. There's a bulge in my jacket nothin in my eyes. The night clerk with her hair cut short pulls up with surprise
. . . she got me turned around and I stopped . she got me turned around and I thought I turned myself around."

If Rembrandt was alive today he'd listen to Sonntag while painting. And he'd hold on to his ear.

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Laura Turner Lynch

This CD is riveting from start to finish.
This CD is riveting from start to finish, it is filled with light yet layered instrumentation, interesting lyrics and expressive vocals. Chasing Stars proves that John Sonntag has star potential!
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Eddie Skuller

a pinch of jackson browne and a sliver of joni mitchell
A pinch of Jackson Browne and a sliver of Joni Mitchell with the
essence of Hoboken and an original fully rich life of living and
music and music and living are what make this album a really
enjoyable listening experience.
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Leigh Washburne

Easy listening
John's eagerly awaited 2nd album is well worth the wait. It shows off his smooth voice and makes this a great CD to listen while driving or just relaxing at home.
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