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C.W. Mundy's 'Road Trip' Arrives at Radio Monday

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Road TripC.W. Mundy will soon be celebrating the August 2nd release of his Moon Surf Records debut recording, Road Trip, an eclectic mix of original banjo-driven tunes with the acclaimed fine arts painter at the wheel. To whet the appetite of current and future fans of the artiste, four songs will be made available to radio this Monday, July 18th, via Airplay Direct. Two instrumentals and two featuring the lead vocals of Alice Vestal, the tunes serve as a representative cross-section for all sixteen tracks on Mundy's project.

"Road to Damascus", the lead-off track on Road Trip and first single available, is a progressive bluegrass instrumental that, from the first notes of the intro, warns the listener to buckle up as this will be one exciting ride. The other instrumental, "Not Gonna Settle For Less" shows Mundy's trips to France did more than inspire his painting as this swing tune clearly has some Grappelli and Reinhardt influence in the mix. "I Cried Love", reminiscent of an Alison Krauss recording, is a tribute to both Mundy's faith and marriage, intimated by the velvety vocals of Alice Vestal. "Mid-day in Manaus", is an unexpected detour into the Brazilian city's market, with a techno beat and local culture-laden lyrics.

The CD release party is to be held at Richland Fine Art gallery in Green Hills on Tuesday, August 9th, with a reception beginning at 5:00pm and a live performance at 6:30pm, visually accompanied by at least a dozen of Mundy's oil paintings, which are to remain on display for the month. Sharing the stage with Mundy will be co-producer and engineer, Scott Vestal, Alice Vestal, Randy Kohrs, Jeff Autry, Todd Parks, Eamon McLoughlin, and Daren Shumaker. Raffle tickets will be sold on behalf of Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, an organization benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Prizes include several autographed CD's and T-shirts, with the grand prize being a framed C.W. Mundy original 9x12 oil painting.

World-renowned painter, C.W. Mundy, is expanding his artistic scope through his debut CD, Road Trip. The 16-track recording of all-original music (and artwork, of course) features Mundy's banjo skills, as well as those in musical composition.

Mundy has a musical background that extends back to his college days at Ball State University in Indiana, where he was a member of a band called American Gothic, specializing in folk and bluegrass music. After graduation in 1969, he headed to California, where he fell into a musical crowd that included such revered names as Byron Berline, Dan Crary, and Pat Cloud. In 1975, Mundy helped form the Tarzan Swing Band, whose unique blend of jazz, country, blues, bluegrass, and swing landed them a house gig at a club in Redondo Beach, took them on the road, and nearly got them signed to MCA. The band broke up before the opportunity could manifest following the death of the band's fiddle player, who lost her battle with Hodgkin's disease. Other musical offers came his way throughout this time, including one from Linda Ronstadt, but ultimately, CW Mundy moved back to Indiana in 1978 and shifted his focus to art, where it has primarily stayed for the past 30 years.

"Road Trip has been a dream of mine for the past 10 years," CW enthusiastically explains of the multi-genre CD, which truly is the culmination of his vast musical experiences and influences, ranging from jazz and blues to bluegrass to what can possibly be described as lite island techno. "My life is wrapped around creativity. I'm not happy unless I'm creating."

Recorded at Digital Underground Studio, a facility in Greenbriar, TN, belonging to long-time friend and revered banjo player, Scott Vestal, Mundy knew he was the perfect choice to help make that dream a reality. Bringing in some of Nashville's most prominent musicians, including Randy Kohrs on resonator guitar, lap steel, and vocals, Chris Brown on percussion, Jim Van Cleve on fiddle, and Alice Vestal on lead and harmony vocals, to name just a few, the CD is exactly that: a dream come true.

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