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Carson Henley – 100 Hours
Tired of working the nine to five at restaurants during the day and playing more cover songs than originals at local dive bars, Carson Henley set out to change his own destiny. But he didn’t do so in any traditional way, which makes this album all the more inspiring. The name of his new album is entitled 100 Hours, which is also the amount of time he gave himself to create, and steer his musical future. In the end he came out with seven solid and soulful songs that will relax the most tense of people on them rather stressful days.
With Grammy award winning producer Kory Krunkenberg manning the boards at VU Recording Studio in Seattle, Carson and a handful of his friends and family set out to create what is now 100 Hours.
The album starts out with “Ain’t Gonna Dry Your Tears,” which musically has an eerie resemblance to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” The album’s first single “Fire” is filled with attitude and swag that will leave your head bobbing by the end of the song. The highlight for me on this album was the song “Go Under.” The song is a slow, marching positive tune that reminds you there is always two ways to tackle your goals. It’s all up to you in the end.
The creation of this song is showcased in the documentary The 100 Hour Project that follows Carson Henley as he attempts to record this album. Directed by Brian Nunes, they capture the struggles of writing and recording an album with a strict deadline.
The only downfall I have with this album is that it does seem a little rushed; some of the walls are missing from each song. I understand the concept of the album and the time restraints were set for a reason therefore you get a sense of urgency. In all, I hope this album does take Carson Henley down the musical path he desires and he is able to get back into the studio and take his time and really build on this foundation he is creating. I’d like to hear more instruments, giving each song the big sounds they deserve. There is no doubt that Carson has a huge soulful voice and is an incredibly talented musician as well, and we’ll be hearing from him in the future. There’s no doubt that this album and documentary is an inspirations to both musicians and fans to be creative every day! I would say that with 100 Hours, Carson achieved what he set out to do, he changed his own destiny.
Rating: 4/5 Stars!
Album Name: 100 Hours
Date Released: June, 2012
Genre(s): Soul, Rhythm and Blues
Location: Seattle, Washington
Band Members: Carson Henley
Record Label: Hey! Listen to This! Music
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