Touring Colorado duo sing original music
Boulder, Colo., residents Christopher Hawley and Heather Ogren will perform Thursday at 9:30 p.m. at Lyzzard's Lounge, 120 N. Cortez St. as part of their tour to California.
Heather Ogren will be opening for Hawley, singing and playing a combination of her own songs and popular folk music. She is a student in the Classical Guitar Program at CU Boulder and combines her classical guitar technique with a more modern approach to lyrical folk music.
Christopher Hawley began to study the guitar at age 12, developing his distinct fingerstyle technique through a classical repertoire. His love of rock and roll led him in and out of several bands during his high school and college years. Each musical experience sharpened his composition skills, while each personal experience gave him some of the subject matter for his songs.
Hawley has toured the East Coast and Colorado several times with the funk/rock band Mucis. This tour is Hawley's second acoustic tour of the West Coast, and is supporting his new acoustic album, "Naked Songs," to be released Sunday.
"Naked Songs" is so named for its collection of stripped down songs, which focus only on the essential guitar and vocal and convey the raw feelings of each song.
The country-funk song "Change Is Good," are tour experiences; he returns to his classical roots with a nylon string rendition of "Greensleeves;" and his love of traditional bluegrass music shows through in the "Hobo Song."
The title song, "Naked Song," is upbeat country blues with a twist, while "Waiting on Tanja" sparsely steps to a reggae beat. "Beignets for Breakfast" combines the elements of slide guitar and New Orleans rhythm. Hawley's songwriting talent shines in the swing jazz/blues ballad "Alone Together."
"Waiting for the Snow," written during a period of ski bumming around the West, is an original bluegrass song based on a true story of following the snowstorms to powder.
"Missouri Breaks," although an instrumental piece, is also a true story, inspired by a stretch of the Missouri River in northern Montana. Hawley's nylon string version of "Brandy" is not necessarily based on a true story, but it could be, and everybody knows it anyway.