Chris Rosser,
Hidden Everywhere
(independent, 2006)

Writers are told to write what they know; musicians are told to write what they feel. Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Chris Rosser takes both of these pieces of advice to heart on his latest album, Hidden Everywhere.

Rosser was born in the tiny North Carolina town of Cosar to a Baha'i' family. The teaching of peace and harmony can be found in his music.

The album of 13 original songs was recorded in Rosser's Hollow Reed Studios in Asheville, North Carolina, where Rosser has produced more than 40 albums and now makes his home. Rosser frequents numerous festivals around the country but has also shared the stage with such notables as Nickel Creek, John Mayer, Shawn Mullins, David Wilcox and Tom Rush.

The use of numerous instruments -- Rosser even plays the washtub -- and different ethnical styles (Indian and Middle Eastern) is not an indication of Rosser wandering all over the place, but a demonstration of his talents and skills as a musician. A line from the opening track of the album gives an appropriate description when Rosser pens, "on a holy mission full of contradictions."

While there are no songs that stick out in your mind driving you crazy, there are some beautiful and interesting melodies, as the title says, Hidden Everywhere.

by Sherrill Fulghum
19 May 2007

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