Jon Chi | Another Rising Sun

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Another Rising Sun

by Jon Chi

Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Words You Can Believe In
3:08 $0.99
2. Call to Me
2:36 $0.99
3. Killer from Our Hometown
4:26 $0.99
4. The Battle Is Over (But the War Goes On)
2:56 $0.99
5. Another Rising Sun
4:15 $0.99
6. Don't Go Down Without a Fight
4:49 $0.99
7. One More Shot At the Light
3:34 $0.99
8. Pray for Rain
4:54 $0.99
9. Alvarado
3:51 $0.99
10. Bound for Glory
3:37 $0.99
11. The End of the Road
4:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
Another Rising Sun, Jon Chi's second solo effort, is a blend of folk, gospel and jam with honest songwriting and lyrics at the forefront. The album is receiving national radio play, and a warm response from critics:

"Imagery, impressionistic flow, and honest emotional grit." -Bill Copeland Music News
"Personal Songs that manage to speak to one and all." - AXS Entertainment
" A killer throwback to great 70s rock records that didn’t need to have a hit single to live the high life in the underground" - Midwest Record

What stands out about Jon Chi's new album, Another Rising Sun is its honesty--He has created a body of stunning music and lyrics that were created from personal experience. "The songs come first," said the musician, "It's the most important thing to me." This is evident in the skill and attention that was put into the songs. "“I enjoy blending vintage sounds with (hopefully) my own perspective and sometimes a more modern twist, but in the end it’s real people putting their hands on instruments working together to tell the story."

Another Rising Sun is Chi’s 2nd solo effort as a musician. It was recorded in Milwaukee, WI at Third Ward Records - in collaboration with Chi’s good friend Ken Krei. Back dropping the record are Milwaukee gospel singers; Tasha Nicole, Khalia Hampton, Daryl Tucker, Tiffany Bufford, and Latrice Armon. The Regiment Horns (Booker T, Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige) and players include: John Calarco drums (Tori Amos), John Wesley McVicker drums (Michael Franti, Shelia E), Sean Erick and Leon Silva - horns (Booker T and the MGs, Alabama Shakes, Mary J Blige), Jason Rhodes added some great guitar on "Killer from Our Hometown" and "Call to Me". and Tyler Famulora added some slide on "The End of the Road", Afton Johnson -bass (Eric Benet) with Daryl Tucker and Theo Merriweather on keys.

Another Rising Sun incorporates more Americana influence and a note of hopefulness. Where his 1st record, Just For Now was written and recorded as his father fell ill and passed away, Another Rising Sun was written as his son was about to be born. “I’m often inspired by Americana music and sounds from the past, but I hope to put my own stamp on it”, he continues, “The main thing that I draw from great Americana songs is a certain emotional honesty. Some classic, specific lyrics - whiskey, trains, and guns are often mentioned - may not resonate with me personally. But honesty does. I'm a half-Korean guy who grew up in a Mill Town and I recorded this record with Gospel musicians from the West Side of Milwaukee. That's my American experience where my American experience is right now. I hope it comes across as honestly as the emotions on some of my favorite Americana records.”

The record kicks off with “Words You Can Believe In” a song incorporating gospel vocals, synth and an Enricco Morricone-spaghetti western inspired solo section. The song was written about a near-fatal illness that was a turning point for Chi and when he decided to dedicate his life to music. The lyrics tell his story--“I was born to chase the sun, even when night devours the day. But I was raised to take the rain, so I won’t go down this way.”

The Tom Petty influenced, “Call To Me” was written and recorded in 2 days along with the songs, “Words You Can Believe In” and “The End of the Road”. “Killer From Our Hometown” is a modern murder ballad about a rival that Chi knew from childhood. “This guy (Tommy) used to want to brawl with me when we were little kids, “ he said “ I found out awhile ago that he was on death row and when I googled him the first thing I saw was an image of him in an orange jump suit with the same intense challenging stare. I spent the night reading his story and court transcripts. He brutally murdered a woman n Florida.” He continues, “ Later I read his mother’s testimony at his sentencing. She told of how terribly abusive his father was, he never really had a chance. I spent the next day writing "Killer from Our Hometown"'

Chi puts his impression on “The Battle is Over” a song that may or may not be attributed to Brownie McGhee (and has been covered by Levon Helm). “Another Rising Sun” has a guitar track that took inspiration from Pops Staples and Warren Haynes, and “Don’t Go Down Without a Fight” is a song for Chi’s young son, written before he was born. “Sing the song that comes to you, be it sacred or profane… Talking heads will do their dance but truth has no other name…It’s a battle for the ages, go hold your head up high…And don’t go down without a fight.”

“One More Shot at the Light” has Chi going back and forth with the choir and having fun with a guitar solo. “Pray for Rain” is a wish for a storm to wash away bigotry, race and greed and musically gives a nod to The Grateful Dead’s, “The Other One” and The Allman Brothers, “Whipping Post.”

Chi wrote “Alvarado” when his memory sparked the thought of a Texan he had met in Los Angeles who was missing his small Texas hometown. “The phrase, 'hail hail to the heartache' went through my head,” said the songwriter. “Bound For Glory” and “The End of the Road” close out the record, “ Your worries, your fears, they’ll all disappear when we get to the end of the road.”

Chi was an original member of the band, Rainmaker, who found their fans among the jamband and World music scene. The band received major and college radio play for their record Long Slow Fade (hitting number 2 on the radio charts) and Chi’s song, “Sweetwater Has Run Dry” (on which Mickey Hart played percussion) appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Along with Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead, Chi also worked together in the studio with musicians including guitar greats Erenest Ranglin and Robben Ford, and songwriting talents Jolie Holland, James Mercer of the Shins and the Jayhawks. “I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate in the studio with so may different artists and have been influenced in some way by all of them,” he says.

Speaking to the universality that encompasses his songs, Chi says, “Moments of struggle, defeat or redemption are common to all of us, but we all experience them differently. I hope that comes across in my songs.” When asked about his inspiration, Chi says, “The more I do it, the more I love it. The more of myself I give to it, the more it gives back.”

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