February 1, 2007

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Musical army of one
Chronopoulos has no room for backup
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

Charlie Christos “Chronopoulos,” a solo musician for the past four yeas, considers himself a musical entrepreneur.

“Music is a benevolent dictatorship for me. I need to be in control. Plus, I’ve played with a lot of different musicians and I think I really just don’t like musicians,” Christos said.

“We’re really tough to deal with. I feel that I’m able to pick up the ball and move farther by myself,” he said.

Christos has been working the New Hampshire scene for the past year, even though he resides in Allston, Mass. In the summer of 2006, he released his debut solo album, Over Awake.

“Genres are a joke to me. I’m probably going to tell someone else something totally different. But, I would call it folk rock electronica. It’s like rocked-up folk music. There’s drums and guitar and electric elements but there’s also elements of world music too (like the banjo, mandolin and harp),” Christos said.

The album is Christo’s solo project but he was able to find a few guest musicians he could work with on the project.

Playing the banjo and mandolin is well-known Stephen Webber and on the jazz harp is Maeve Gilchrist from Scotland.

“The album is really just so rich. I’m constantly being swept off my feet. It goes front to back and it’s so busy. It’s never a bore, never repetitive. There’s just so much going on. It’s really more of a path, more of a journey for the listener,” Christos said.

If the album title doesn’t get the point across, the main focus here is to get listeners contemplating life and experiences. Christos claims the music doesn’t come from him, rather it comes in like a signal and he’s just putting it out there for other people to listen.

“The message is about pointing back at oneself. I try to be as reflective as possible with the music and make it less about me. Ideally, if you listen to the music, you will start thinking of yourself more,” Christos said.

Christos plays solo sets, blending a mix of his own original tracks and cover material ranging from Sade to Bill Withers.

“Musically and vocally, I don’t want to have any limitations. I bow down and let the song work itself out. Throw enough things in the pot, you can’t control all those elements and it just forms its own identity,” Christos said.

The Chrono
Who: Charlie Christos “Chronopoulos”
When: Every Thursday in February at Fody’s Tavern; Every Friday in February at The Homestead; Friday, Feb. 3, at Fratello’s
Where: Fody’s Tavern, 9 Clinton St., Nashua, 577-9015; The Homestead, Rte 102 and Mammoth Rd., Londonderry, 437-2022; Fratello’s, 155 Dow St., Manchester, 624-2022
For more information: Go to overawake.com or sonicbids.com for a complete listing of shows. Album material is also available from cdbaby.com and itunes.com.