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As the song says, “breaking up is hard to do,” which is probably why Kevin Aldridge chose to put Chatterton, the Fort Worth-based roots rock outfit he fronted on indefinite hiatus, rather than ending it altogether. About five years into Chatterton’s run, the band’s shows became less frequent, and Kevin opted to book more and more solo performances. The acoustic gigs drove him to write songs better suited for the more intimate format, and soon he had an album’s worth of new material. After Chatterton disbanded, he booked recording sessions at Austin’s Cedar Creek and Yellow Dog studios, working with longtime friend and producer/multi-instrumentalist Scott Davis (Hayes Carll) and engineer Adam Odor, who also played bass, along with Kenny Smith on drums and Don Cento on guitar. The resulting ten tracks, mastered by Grammy Award winner Richard Dodd (Tom Petty, Wilco) carry Kevin’s lonely tenor to new heights, wrapping songs full of heartache and betrayal in sunny hooks and nods to classic guitar rock, while remaining true to their acoustic genesis. Inspired by the pain of war and the overwhelming odds of everyday struggles, Kevin Aldridge’s solo album is his most personal and accessible release yet.
Influenced by roots rock like The Jayhawks and Neil Young, Kevin Aldridge's Viper Sessions LP is like a sunny day threatened by rain. His songs speak of heartbreak, loss and the occasional glimmer of hope, borne on hooky choruses, catchy guitar leads and clever lyrics from the lonely side of life.