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Posted: October 6, 2009 02:05 pm (-05:00)
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Geoff Stack On His Latest CD, Minstrel
[Chorus and Verse] Blog | Danny Coleman | October 6, 2009

For those of you who tuned in to hear an interview with my scheduled guest Arnie Baird, please accept my apologies. Unfortunately Arnie had to leave town unexpectedly so he had to cancel his appearance on ROCK ON RADIO.

However, this opened the door for his replacement, Kimberton, PA, blues/rock guitarist GEOFF STACK. Stack was more than eager to make the hour drive and come in studio to discuss his first full-length, soon-to-be-released CD, "MINSTREL."

This ten-song effort is a unique mix of musical and vocal styling, driven by life's experiences, a love of painting, and relationships gone bad. I asked Stack how long it took him to write the songs that comprise "MINSTREL". His response was: "Forty years."

Make no mistake, this elder statesmen has been through many ups and downs over his fifty-two years. Stack told us how he's exercised the demons that come from alcohol addiction, the emotional issues of divorce, and a return to his love of painting. At one point, he compared songwriting to painting: "Instead of canvas, it's pen and paper. The first hundred that you do get thrown away because you aren't satisfied."

Stack then went on to say that "even though you cast them aside, their concepts always stay with you; and you can always draw from past ideas."

Confessing to me off-air that the songs on this CD have received individual praise, yet don't seem to all "fit" together on the CD, Stack is undaunted by the critics. His willingness to throw caution to the wind and place several different styles of his material together in one collective effort shows the diversity of his experiences, as well as the laid-back approach that he seems to apply to his daily life.

This was never more evident then when we aired "Long Time Wrong." This easygoing, catchy blues-driven tune has gritty blues vocals in one verse, followed by an almost country / western style in the next.

Then there is "Astral Harbor Lights." This track, which was played at the request of a caller, is so totally different from anything else on the disc it leaves you wondering if you didn't accidently hit shuffle on your multi-disc player. The song's vocals are crooned like an old-time pro, with a sound that resembles nothing else on the CD.

Follow this up with heavy blues rocker "Cadillac Wife," my personal fav, and you complete the diverse ride that is "MINSTREL."

Stack recorded "MINSTREL" using an ensemble of studio players at The Barn Studios in Media, PA. Currently, he is searching for musicians to back him on stage in a band format.

The CD release date is scheduled for early November with a release party still in the works.

You can find GEOFF STACK on Facebook as well as Myspace, but look for him to be playing out soon.

This Sunday, Oct. 11, my guest is indie filmmaker and actress NATALIE PAIGE BENTLEY. Recently voted one of Philadelphia's "sexiest singles," this stunning, talented young artist will be discussing her latest film, "CITY OF MOTHERLY LOVE."

Turn on at 10pm EST. Tune into, and, as always, ROCK ON!

Danny Coleman
Danny Coleman is a central Jersey resident and a long-time area musician. He is currently the host of Rock On Radio which airs Sunday evenings at 10pm (EST) on
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