Eugene Chrysler

Eugene Chrysler
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Honky Tonk; Hillbilly Bop Connecticut; November 28, 1960- Eugene Chrysler has spent most of his life back East, but his musical heart always resided below the Mason-Dixon. Taking up the big old dog-house bass at age 12, he was in a few different bands in Connecticut and New Jersey before creating his own style and persona in the early 1990s. Backed initially by the One World Posse Band, Chrysler fashioned a sound based on Sun style rockabilly, honky tonk, blues, and Western swing and an image built on immaculate Western attire and wild slap bass antics. In addition, Eugene had a smooth-as-silk baritone, and knew how to write clever, catchy songs like "Drinkin' My Dinner and Eatin' My Words," "Next to You (I Look Like a Rocket Scientist)," "Dog Gone," and "I Saw the Light...But It Was Neon." The latter became the title of his debut CD which yielded two videos that got exposure on TNN, CMT, and even an episode of Law and Order. I Saw the Light... has plenty of fine moments of rockabilly and honky tonk to recommend it including a romping version of "Viva Las Vegas" complete with background whip cracks. Still, Chrysler wasn't completely satisfied feeling that the record was "a little overproduced" and didn't reflect what he and his band (now called the Hillbilly Shakespeares) really sounded like in person. So, in 1998, they headed down to Austin to record a more hard core honky tonk swing album with help from local luminaries like Ray Benson, Jason Roberts, and Cindy Cashdollar of Asleep at the Wheel plus Toni Price and Brian Hofeldt (Derailers). Hillbilly Shakespeare, which was due out in 1999, is more straight ahead honky tonk, rockabilly, and Western swing than its predecessor with noteworthy songs such as "I Don't Drive a Truck (But I Live at a Truckstop)" and "Get Hip," a duet with Ray Benson. Chrysler's alter-ego is a music video maker whose clients have included the Derailers, Toni Price, and Asleep at the Wheel; in 1998, while down in Texas, he shot a documentary on the making of Asleep at the Wheel's second Bob Wills tribute, Ride With Bob. --David Goodman, author of Modern Twang: An Alternative Country Music Guide and Directory
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Average Rating : 4              Total Reviews: 1

Eugene Chrysler  01/03/2001            
This album's a lot of fun. Eugene's baritone vocals and witty writing are entertaining. I'd like to see him in concert.
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