Acclaimed Moncton multi-instrumentalist Chris Colepaugh is taking a novel approach to the release of new music in 2019.
Arriving nearly three years following the release of the incendiary full-length effort RnR, the January 18 release of new single “Louder” marks the first of 12 songs – one per month – the long-running musician will release in the year ahead.
The track highlights Colepaugh’s forte of fusing blues with rock as he churns out guitar riffs thicker than London fog.
Rallied by the chorus battle cry of “I want it louder,” Colepaugh considers the track the perfect way to kick off what promises to be an exciting year ahead.
“It’s a definitive statement,” Colepaugh offers. “I’ve never once believed rock is dead, and with this song, I’m just hoping to affirm that there are many of us still making, living and loving what rock music has to offer the masses.”
The past three years have seen a flurry of activity from Colepaugh, both as a solo artist, and as a celebrated accompanist. In addition to having logged many miles, both on and offstage, with fellow New Brunswick native Matt Andersen, Colepaugh now counts himself as a member of the Canadian rock institution known as Big Sugar.
The position puts Colepaugh on the throne – the drum throne, specifically – affording him the opportunity to not only return to playing drums, but playing drums for a band that Chris has been a fan of since their inception.
It’s a full circle moment that Colepaugh still has trouble digesting.
“I’ve spent more than 10 years being a session guy and backing others up. I’ve always given 150% of myself to the musician and their songs, which is also definitely the case for Big Sugar, but I just can’t say how surreal it is to look up from the drum kit and see Gordie [Johnson, Big Sugar guitarist/vocalist] smiling back at me,” Colepaugh says.
With a new Big Sugar album due for release later this year (featuring Colepaugh on drums), he isn’t worried about how he’ll go about balancing the demands of his solo career along with those of Big Sugar.
After all, he’s successfully juggled being a master of all trades for almost 25 years now, doing it for the foreseeable future doesn’t faze him in the least.
“I’m looking forward to the year and this project of releasing a song per month. The industry has changed so much over the course of the last 20 years, it’s evolve or be left behind. I’m happily choosing the former.”
BIO IN BRIEF
With southern-inspired soul and a heaping dose of the blues, multiple award-winning Canadian Chris Colepaugh delivers a powerhouse of driving rhythms, crunchy guitar licks, and badass vocals. As the multiple award-winning frontman of the group Chris Colepaugh and the Cosmic Crew and Gold City Ashes, he has performed at prestigious festivals such as SXSW, CMW, NXNE, NEMO, Evolve, Canadian Music Cafe and has spent more than two decades actively touring Canada and the United States. Part of his itineraries has included dates with Government Mule, North Mississippi Allstars, and Big Sugar as well as CCCC performances at the House of Blues, the Hard Rock Café, tours of New England and southern US, the U.S. West Coast, Southern California and multiple cross Canada tours.
In addition to his band and solo work, from 2010 to present Chris has lent his multi-instrument talents to platinum artists Roch Voisine and Big Sugar, fiddle champion Samantha Robichaud and NB blues icon Matt Andersen. And all this while releasing music, putting on live stream interactive concerts and planning for his upcoming releases.
In 2011, Chris took home two East Coast Music Awards including Fan Choice of the Year as well as the 2011 Music NB Songwriter of the Year. Chris was announced as a finalist for the 2008 International Acoustic Music Awards and won both the 2007 Contact East Touring Excellence Award and four 2007 Toronto Music Magazine Awards. Chris Colepaugh is proudly endorsed by Gibson Guitars, Black Bridge Amplifiers, Benrod Pedals, Jetslide, Los Cabos sticks and Sennheiser Microphones.
Chris Colepaugh’s song “Caught Up To You” was featured on the international hit television show Degrassi: The Next Generation ( Episode 808-2008 ). He was also a semifinalist in the Starbucks Music Maker Series in Vermont and was featured alongside Moe., Bob Weir and Umphrey’s McGee on the 10,000 Lakes Festival CD.
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Louder is namelijk een liedje om op vol vermogen af te spelen. Zeker als je houdt van dingen als Joe Bonamassa, Delta Saints en Chris Stapleton. Wil je meer? Dan moet je steeds een maand wachten. Wat Chris zal vanaf heden elke maand een nieuwe single releasen. Prima plan, wij kijken er naar uit!
TRANSLATION: Which can! Louder is a song to play at full power. Especially if you like things like Joe Bonamassa, Delta Saints and Chris Stapleton. Do you want more? Then you have to wait a month. What Chris will from now on release a new single every month. Great plan, we are looking forward to it!
Colepaugh is the full tilt package. His versality as a multi-instrumentalist gives him an ear for righteous melodies and inventive lyrics. Colepaugh commands a huge guitar sound on "Louder." The songwriting is spot on, with band hits, varying sections feels and a track that builds over time. He is a powerhouse of driving rhythms and his single note choices in his guitar playing are dripping with blues sensibilities. As a vocalist he’s got that gritty whiskey dipped resonance that fits perfectly on “Louder.” A solid listen throughout with just the right amount of bluesy grit to stick to your bones. That’s the short of it!
(Live Review) “Adding to the overall package was the undeniable fact that the trio genuinely enjoyed sharing the stage with each other, all of which served to remind just how skilled Colepaugh is at writing timeless songs and just how seriously this group needs to be taken.”
(Review of RnR) “Tight, high efficiency rock & roll”
Jeff Liberty “Take Liberty” CBC
“RnR hits hard. Heavy riff rock. Soaring guitar harmonies that would make any southern rock act envious.” – Grid City Magazine
Colepaugh lays down the groove early and often throughout the record, delivering his acclaimed guitar work with a finesse typically associated with some of the greatest guitarists of his generation. – Musicnerd.ca
“Stripped down rock and roll.” – Bread & Molasses
” Fans of soulful southern rock should check out the new album from Chris Colepaugh and The Cosmic Crew, Missed a Page, which was released this past Tuesday. This is the eighth album for the band and they continue to produce masterful tracks that only seem to improve. Missed A Page is a smooth blend of classic rock and meaningful lyrics with a twist of southern twang that is only intensified by the use of the pedal steel guitar”
The Argosy, Album Review CCCC Missed A Page
“Colepaugh first caught my ear at SXSW a few years back with an impressive blast of blues-influenced rock. If you like muscular guitars and melodic rock riffs, , you’d be hard pressed to find a better song (Some Things Never Change ) , or heck, a better release, this year,
Twangville.com , John Mayer’s review/playlist
” Chris Colepaugh is all about the melody. That’s not to say this son of Southern blues doesn’t rock, Just listen to what happens when he unleashes his doubleneck Gibson on such tunes as “Some Things Never Change” on his latest album “Missed A Page”. Guitar riffs don’t get much thicker than this.”
Relix Magazine, Album Review
” I was blown away by the Canucks Chris Colepaugh and the Cosmic Crew as the gravelly soul in Colepaugh’s voice was a the helm of this band, which can lay down a wicked southern-fried boogie with a kick in the ass. The dude has a cool beard too.
Jambase.com / SXSW Showcase review
“There may be a very simple reason for the influx of the Canadian music talent in the Untied States. Just ask fellow northern neighbor Chris Colepaugh , recently signed Gibson artist who, along with his band, Cosmic Crew are quickly establishing themselves among the ranks of successful Canadian acts to cross the border.
Gibson.com USA Artist profile
“Vocalist/guitarist and his Cosmic Crew deliver old-fashioned rock crossed with alt-country. Sounds like Gov’t Mule meets the Jayhawks”
“The instant Chris Colepaugh saw Steve Stills play Sweet Judy Blue Eyes in the film Woodstock, he knew what he wanted to do with his life. He wanted to be a guitarist like Steven Stills, who was still with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at the time. In the era of guitar gods and showy axemen such as Jimmy Page and Hendrix, this admittedly, was an unusual aspiration but for Colepaugh, playing guitar isn’t about how fast you can play, but how beautiful the melody.
Denis Armstrong, The Ottawa Sun
“I’ve seen a guy like Chris Colepaugh in front of 1,000 people and I’ve seen him in front of 15 people and he plays the same way, just takes over the stage. I have a lot of respect for people who come from the hinterland and support their own scene, and I always leave going ‘Man, I’ve gotta work harder.”
Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar/Grady producer for Government Mule ) with HERENB
“Colepaugh and his crew have been a part of the east coast scene since the early 90’s and are considered one of the hardest working outfits on the Canadian scene.”
As I write this, the first snow of this winter is falling outside, which is kind of funny, because In Your Backyard, the latest disc from Chris Colepaugh and the Cosmic Crew, is a perfect summer album: think Dave Matthews Band’s groovy jams with an ample shot of classic rock and blues. It also happens to be one of the best East Coast albums of the year.
All three musicians are in top form, and the production is crisp and clear without being too busy, allowing the songs to shine. And what songs they are: soon-to-be-classic rock tunes with impossibly catchy riffs, soaring Stevie Ray Vaughan-like vocals and stellar work by Daigle and Sasnyiuk. It’s hard to pick a highlight when the album is so consistently good, despite the decent if unmemorable lyrics. Colepaugh and company avoid repetition by mixing up straight ahead rockers (“Caught Up to You”), lighter-waving ballads (“California Mountain”), fiery blues (“Runnin’ Out”), and twangy country (“Don’t Want You ‘Round No More”). The disc even closes with a great cover of Neil Young’s classic “After the Goldrush” that turns the original song’s sparse desperation into a cathartic anthem.
So, go pick up a copy of In Your Backyard, bundle up in your snowsuits and enjoy summer all over again, snow or no snow. And be sure to check out Chris Colepaugh and the Cosmic Crew when they hit George’s Roadhouse later this month.
ARGOSY – Mount Allison University, New Brunswick
“ Chris Colepaugh has that same addictive sound that music lovers will quit their jobs and load up their VW vans for, and spend days on the road just to trade stories with other fans and to be “present” at every show.”
SUMMIT UP: Banff, AB
“ Moncton’s quadruple C has gone through many changes since 1995, and TRIP is evidence of all the blood, sweat and miles the duo of CHRIS COLEPAUGH and LYNN DAIGLE have witnessed. It is a well-crafted and serious piece of blues rock jammery.”
REVERB: Halifax, NS
“ Moncton’s Chris Colepaugh and Lynn Daigle are the Cosmic Crew, and they transform this Eastern community into a rolling and rocking landscape where one swears they can actually see the Golden Gate Bridge off in the horizon. “
EXCLAIM: Toronto, ON
“ They have been called one Eastern Canada’s hardest working bands, and Colepaugh himself has received high praise for his soulful and passionate guitar playing, as well as his songwriting. Imagine Bachman Turner Overdrive meeting the Grateful Dead and you will start to get the picture. They rock, they groove, they play the blues and they are not to be missed. See you there.”
SOOTODAY.COM: Sault Ste Marie, ON
REVIEWS WITH ROCH VOISINE
Et comme il avait deux talentueux guitaristes (Chris Colepaugh et Christian Péloquin) sous la main, Roch Voisine a saisi l’occasion d’insuffler un peu de tonus aux succès. La Presse
Accompagné de cinq musiciens, dont le guitariste de Moncton Chris Colepaugh, Roch Voisine a entamé son tour de chant, vendredi, avec une pièce de Neil Young, Heart of Gold, tirée de sa trilogie Americana. Acadie Nouvelle
Canadian signer Roch Voisine (left), of New Brunswick, performs with Chris Colepaugh at Canada House at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games on Friday February 14, 2014.
Neil Davidson/The Canadian Press
- Winner 2011 MNB SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award
- Winner 2011 (ECMA) Rock Album of the Year
- Winner 2011 (ECMA) Fan Choice of the Year
- Winner 2010 MNB Musician of the Year
- Winner 2010 MNB Rock Album of the Year2
- Winner 2010 Toronto Music Magazine Award
- Winner 2007 Contact East Touring Excellence Award
- Winner of four 2007 Toronto Music Magazine Awards
- Semi-Finalist in Starbucks Music Maker Competition: Finals in Vermont
- Chosen by Canadian Musician Magazine as one of Canada’s Best Unsigned Band’s
- Grand Prize Winner in NB Songwriting Competition
- Finalist in the CBC Great Canadian National Televised Music Dream Performance
- East Coast Talent Search Winner with Producer Kevin Scott MacMichael
- Nominated 2016 Music New Brunswick (MNB) Album of the Year
- Nominated 2016 MNB Group of the Year
- Nominated 2016 MNB Socan Song of the Year
- Nominated 2016 MNB Rock Artist of the Year
- Nominated 2016 MNB Music Producer of the Year
- Nominated 2012 East Coast Music Awards (ECMA) Group of the Year
- Nominated 2012 ECMA Producer of the Year
- Nominated 2009 ECMA Entertainer of the Year
- Nominated 2008 ECMA Single of the Year “Caught Up To You”
- Nominated 2007 ECMA ”ROCK ALBUM of the Year”
- Nominated 2004 ECMA “ROCK ALBUM of the Year”
- Nominated 2002 ECMA “ROCK ALBUM of the Year”
- Nominated 2001 ECMA ” ALTERNATIVE ARTIST OF THE YEAR ” 2001