Don't Go Back to Sleep

Don't Go Back to Sleep

by Chris Ayer
     
 
It has never been easy for an artist in the popular performing arts to break through to mass success, and it may be harder than ever now, when the old gateways, such as major record companies, are no longer signing unknowns and working to give them national exposure. Today, it seems, an artist must also be a marketing expert as well. Decades ago, a label might have

Overview

It has never been easy for an artist in the popular performing arts to break through to mass success, and it may be harder than ever now, when the old gateways, such as major record companies, are no longer signing unknowns and working to give them national exposure. Today, it seems, an artist must also be a marketing expert as well. Decades ago, a label might have snapped up folk-rock singer/songwriter Chris Ayer, leading to radio exposure, a national concert tour, and interviews in big magazines and newspapers, all establishing him in the popular mind. But in the first decade of the 21st century, this performer, with his warm tenor, catchy tunes, and earnest lyrics, must release his own discs on a label he calls Another Record Company, and book his own tours. He reflects on the modern world of ProTools and Limewire in the ironic "Roy G. Biv," an uptempo number powered by a slide guitar, and elsewhere with a less humorous tone he examines his motives and his successes so far in a career that has produced a number of recordings and seen him cover quite a few miles. "I haven't lost," he sings in "Awake," "I just haven't won quite yet." That may have to pass for optimism for an artist with a knack for writing and performing infectious music, but who is, like so many of his peers, without the means to get that music out to a larger audience, or rather, to find a means to get that larger audience to pay attention to him.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2009
Label:
Another Record Co.
UPC:
0850838002017
catalogNumber:
1
Rank:
128846

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Performance Credits

Chris Ayer   Primary Artist
Murray Pulver   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
David Jacobs-Strain   Guitar (Resonator)
Jason Gantt   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Adam Beard   Bass,Piano,Trumpet,Background Vocals,Fretless Bass Guitar
Aaron Sterling   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Hammond B3
Steve Misamore   Percussion,Drums
Chris Ayer   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Piano,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Vocals,Melodica,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3

Technical Credits

Jason Gantt   Composer,Producer
Chris Ayer   Composer
Chris Ayer   Composer

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