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Stephen Chopek’s latest release is a 45 RPM record featuring two new songs, “Radio Caroline” and “The Ballad of Cash & Dean”. The album is rich in catchy hooks and dynamic melodies, alongside a nod to history. The release of these original songs has Stephen primed for a big year.
The inspiration for creating new music came in part from his move to Memphis, TN. In addition to writing the songs, Stephen also played all of the instruments in the studio. He enlisted some of Memphis’ finest to help define the sound — Engineered by Harry Koniditsiotis at 5 & Dime Recording; mixed by Doug Easley (of the Easley McCain team) at New School Media; and mastered for vinyl by Jeff Powell at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording Service.
Side A: “Radio Caroline” tells the tale of a British pirate radio station of the same name founded in 1964. The station broadcasted from a ship on the open waters to avoid the BBC’s control of the airwaves. Their early support of rock-and-roll and DIY ethos struck a chord with Stephen. This song serves as a salute to their efforts.
Side B: “The Ballad of Cash & Dean” is based on a chance encounter between Johnny Cash and James Dean that came to Stephen in a dream. It’s an infectious ditty delivered with a raucous train beat that keeps listeners singing long after the record stops.
Stephen is supporting the release with tour dates throughout the first half of 2018. Stay tuned for more to come with a full album release in October of this year.
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