Christie Lenée w/ Rod DeGeorge at Volcanic
Mon, Feb 5 at 8pm
2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion “Christie Lenée” is a captivating performer with a devoted following among instrumental, folk and rock band audiences. Combining guitar virtuosity, lyrical storytelling and passion for positivity, she elevates crowds with blissful inspiration and a fire of musicality.
Christie’s unique guitar work and profound instrumental compositions are well described as ‘Michael Hedges meets Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews.’ Her lyrics are consciously uplifting, powerful and stick in your head as soon as you hear them. With a menu of percussive and sonic effects, and larger than life sounding instruments, her solo shows are said to embody an entire universe of music.
Christie’s pieces have been showcased at the NAMM Show in Anaheim and Nashville, live on National Television and Radio, and on stage with artists such as Tim Reynolds (guitarist for Dave Matthews Band), Andy McKee, Tommy Emmanuel, Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls, and Stanley Jordan to name a few. Her most recent album “STAY” was one of three finalists for “Best CD of 2016” (Indie Acoustic Project Awards), including the song “Love Who You Are” nominated for a 2016 Posi Award in the category “Songs for Personal Transformation.”
Christie spent most of 2017 on tour in the US, Australia, and many countries around Asia. She’s now back in the studio preparing for her next release with a deeply heartfelt collection of new material. Meanwhile her album “STAY” is still making traction, including 3 instrumental pieces produced by the legendary and Multi-Grammy Award Winning Producer Will Ackerman (founder of Windham Hill Records). These glorious instrumental pieces vary, from “Soaring Over Glacier Bay” with 27 cellos and a symphonic essence, to “Sunset Rebirth” with a bamboo flute, and the simplicity of “Sweet Little Piece” on the 12 string Veillette Gryphon Guitar.
The title track “Stay” shines a bright light on suicide awareness and prevention. Christie’s message is that every person is special and has something unique to contribute to this world. In her own words: “I intend to translate to the listener that it’s okay to go through rough times. In those moments when you feel like running… whether from a job, a relationship, or running from life itself… Take a breath. Stay, and know that there is another way. You’re the only one who can be you.”
"It seems today that the respect for guitar virtuosos has been going the way of the buffalo. Thankfully, we may have our savior in Rod DeGeorge, a prodigy from the Philadelphia area. Sharing the stage with the likes of Paul Stanley (KISS), Earl Slick (John Lennon and David Bowie), members of Foreigner, Bad Company and 38 Special, DeGeorge has held his own among solidified music legends.