New Music Friday: Grammy Nominated Country Artist Curt Chambers Drops Much Anticipated EP "85 South"
Curt Chambers takes his country and hip hop fans on a journey with his new ep, inspired by Route 85 South a road he has traveled often during his music career. From Philadelphia to North Carolina to Tennessee this road has led him to become one of the most multi-faceted artists on the country music scene. He wears many hats in the music industry collaborating, writing and cultivating his sounds, most recently with the legendary David Lee Murphy. 85 South is the stamp on long run of successful single releases including "Roll With It" which premiered in Billboard and his latest single "Different Views" which garnered him a feature in People Magazine. Curt Chambers is not someone who will walk the line, much like Johnny Cash, he is a modern day Highway Man who is willing to create county music that pushes our comfort zone boundaries. "I wanted to make something that brings my hip hop fan base together with my country music fan base. I can get down with this because it sound familiar and comfortable. I wanted to create something different then what I have put out, I wanted to go against the grain. I didn't want to be safe, I wanted to be authentic to who I am. It is not overproduced.. some 808's with some guitar." - Curt Chambers The single "Dirty South" sports a lyric "Girl in LA how she lights up when she hears George Jones" highlights Chambers natural ability to excite the most committed pop or hip hop fan to his music. The overall concept of the album is "trap meets country." It is a bit edgy much like the road he has traveled on 85 South singing and rapping the songs of Conway Twitty and Biggie Smalls (My Radio). He effortlessly weaves a blended musicality that brings together some of the influencers that he has celebrated from Dre, Eminem, Biggie to Alan Jackson, George Jones and Conway Twitty. This ep is pure genius. It will make you stop and listen because while his lyrics are clever and historical in nature his delivery is addictive. Chambers says "Stetsons and my Jordans is a new concept in the style of my. music." The most remarkable aspect of this ep is that Chambers self produced the project. He literally locked himself in his studio and did not come up for air until he was finished. Curt ends his ep with Smoke Break giving his listeners an opportunity to bask in the sounds of his well crafted and legendary guitar skills. It is truly an orchestration of greatness much like the satisfaction you get when traveling 85 South and arriving at your destination.
Curt Chambers is an American singer, song writer, producer and recording artist who has gained notoriety for his unique fusions of rock, soul, country and hip hop. Often described as refreshing and innovative, the Philadelphia native’s gifts as a musician were cultivated at home and in church where he was raised to appreciate multiple musical genres and was influenced heavily by gospel, soul, blues and country. He was taught to play several instruments including, piano, drums and guitar. It is on the guitar, however, where the essence of Curt Chambers comes to life, captivating all who are fortunate enough to witness.
Curt’s immense talent partnered with his wildly diverse blues, country and hip hop power packed performances humbly provided him the opportunity to share stages with a wide array of musical legends such as BB King, and Jerry Douglas as well as rock and hip hop icons Travis Barker, P. Diddy, Dr. Dre, Eminem, the legendary LL Cool J along with Country Stars, Chris Young, Florida Georgia Line, Tyler Rich, Jake Owen, Dustin Lynch and many more.
As a graduate of William Patterson University where he majored in Jazz and Performance Studies, Curt further extended his musical palette making him adept and respected in musical composition and direction. He is a 2018 Grammy Award Winner and recipient of multiple notable accolades including 2 Grammy nominations and an ASCAP award for his contribution as songwriter for the hit “Finding My Way Back” performed by R&B recording artist Jaheim. Since then, Curt’s talent for writing partnered with his genius as a multi- instrumentalist continue to elevate him creatively and professionally having written and co-written for the likes of Eminem, Lenny Kravitz, Miguel, and Jamie Foxx and recently with hip hop pioneer Dr. Dre in which Curt received another Grammy nomination for his work on the critically acclaimed album “Compton.”
With a sound that is unique, multi dimensional and holds no boundaries, Curt Chambers nurtures his love for musical pluralism as he collaborates with the industry's best pop and country artists building a legacy that continues to cross genres and creates cutting edge musical masterpieces.
Curt has been putting down his roots in country music for the past two years, recently signed to WME. His fusion of multiple genres with his country music styling is exciting country music fans, he is truly a Rising Star in Country Music.