Odd, Ordinary & Otherwise,’ the third full-length record from New Orleans country-folk songsmith Chris Acker, is a collection of songs brimming with true tales, eloquent songwriting, and fearless honesty.
During his decade-long songwriting career, Chris has explored musical terrain tread by contemporary folk music’s greatest champions: Prine, Dylan, Guthrie, etc. With ‘Odd, Ordinary & Otherwise,’ Acker has forged an unmistakable lyrical style that’s truly his own, containing more reverence than reference to those who came before him. The songs of O-O-O are equally as influenced by months of isolation during COVID quarantine as they are by Chris’ place in the New Orleans dancehall and busking communities in years previous. The album’s thirteen tracks flow gracefully from introspective, quiet tunes worthy of the modern Folk Music cannon, to downright barn burners ready for the dancehall and all the space in between.
Acker’s creative response to the heartbreak and anxiety that defined the year 2020 is primarily one full of life. The vividly painted scenes and stories that define the record are his and no one else’s. Paired with his signature pop sensibility, playful and sometimes humorous language, and a professional sonic presentation, ‘Odd, Ordinary & Otherwise’ is a compelling record that merits close investigation.
All songs written by Chris Acker, arranged and performed with the Growing Boys
Cover painting by Sasha Pearl
Produced by Burt Murder
Chris Acker: vocals, rhythm guitar
Nikolai Shveitser: pedal steel
Zach Thomas: bass
Dave Hammer: electric and 12 string guitar, vocals
Sam Gelband: drums, vocals