Cody ChesnuTT Announces First Full Length in 10 Years: Landing On A HundredRead all
Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Support Upcoming Album
Click Here to Download & Post “That's Still Mama”
Catch Cody ChesnuTT live in NY and SF
Please RSVP HERE
07/11: New York, NY @ SOBs (9pm)
07/12: San Francisco, CA @ Yoshi's
It's been 10 full years since universally acclaimed R&B artist Cody ChesnuTT
released a full-length follow up to his genre-bending double album, The Headphone Masterpiece. Rooted in true blue Southern soul, Landing On A Hundred
will be released on October 9th
on Vibration Vinyard
. The album was recorded with a ten-piece band in Memphis-based Royal Studios, home of some of the deepest works by soul and blues luminaries like Al Green, Buddy Guy and Ike & Tina. To celebrate the release of the album, ChesnuTT is sharing his video for “Everybody's Brother
,” which just premiered on OkayPlayer
and track “That's Still Mama
,” which premiered yesterday on Paste
Cody ChesnuTT is additionally launching a new Kickstarter
campaign and asking fans to support and pre-order Landing On A Hundred. In celebration of the launch of the campaign, Chesnutt will be performing at his Kickstarter Launch Show July 11th at SOBs in New York City and on July 12th at Yoshi's in San Francisco. Tickets for the NY show are available now HERE
. The performance at SOBs will streamed live and viewable.
Tickets for the San Francisco show are available HERE.
2003 marked a breakout year for Cody ChesnuTT when The Roots re-tooled one of the tracks off Cody's album The Headphone Masterpiece as “The Seed 2.0” for the Roots' album Phrenology. The track was nominated for two moonman statuettes at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards and exposed Cody to a wider mainstream audience. That same year, his own album was nominated for the prestigious Shortlist Music Prize. His electrifying performance on Dave Chappelle's Block Party only added to his meteoric rise to near fame. Hailed as a soul troubadour for his frank, socially conscious ruminations on life, Cody ChesnuTT is known for constantly challenging popular notions on what soul should look and sound like. Still reinventing soul and blending elements of rock, funk, soul, hip-hop and blues, Cody ChesnuTT returns with Landing On A Hundred a little wiser but with the same poetic license that his fans know and love.
For more info on Cody ChesnuTT, please contact:
Pam Nashel Leto @ Girlie Action (212) 989-2222 x 111 Pam@Girlie.com
Jess Torraca @ Girlie Action (212) 989-2222 x 123 Jess@Girlie.com
Universally hailed as a thrilling new figure in music for his edgy, lo-fi debut, The Headphone Masterpiece, back in 2002, Cody ChesnuTT is a soul troubadour whose frank, socially conscious ruminations on life continue to challenge popular notions of what modern soul music can look and sound like: a raw storyteller for the people wearing a guitar and a toothpick-chewing smirk; a wide-eyed, intense soul brother in a crazy-fly get-up singing about bedraggled love in the land of Lost Angeles - he’s all of that, but wiser now while still wearing poetic license on his skin like a battle scar. The Atlanta native has always stood his own creative ground ever since he first holed himself up in his bedroom to record The Headphone Masterpiece, armed with his DIY musical arsenal: a drum machine, an array of instruments, a dusty four-track cassette recorder and a giant pair of headphones to block out the world. The result was an unvarnished collection of songs – 36 in total, which alchemized his love of a multitude of styles: classic rock, rhythm and blues, pop, punk and gospel music. Read all
A decade earlier, Cody explored the Atlanta’s early ‘90s R&B scene as a singer, and then toiled in his LA-based band, The Crosswalk. His time spent alone exploring raw new sounds in his bedroom finally paid off in 2002 with the release of The Headphone Masterpiece. Industry tastemakers like music writer dream hampton (and The Roots drummer and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon bandleader Questlove took to the record immediately, hearing in Cody’s music the kind of emotional intensity and savvy, irreverent wordplay that was sorely missing in Black music in the early 2000s as the neo-soul movement sputtered to a near halt, losing several of its key players to their own hiatuses. A song from The Headphone Masterpiece was re-tooled as “The Seed 2.0” for the Roots’ seminal album Phrenology, exposing Cody’s music to a wider mainstream audience. The song was nominated for two moonman statuettes at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, and his own album was nominated for the prestigious Shortlist Music Prize that same year. His fiery performance in Dave Chappelle’s Block Party added to his growing cult-fame status as an electrifying showman and daring genre-bender. The film was helmed by French video director Michel Gondry, best known for directing Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and his pioneering visuals for the alt-musician Björk. A fan of Cody’s music, he also directed the stunning video for “King of the Game,” a song from Cody’s 2006 one-man stage project “The Live Release.”
Landing On A Hundred, Cody’s second full-length LP, marks his return to the music game after a period of family-man retreat and reflection that did a world of good for him after his meteoric rise to near fame. The title is a reference to the slang saying, “Keeping It One Hundred,” or telling the whole truth, and for lovers of true blue Southern soul this new album is a must-have — he recorded it with a ten-piece band in Memphis-based Royal Studios, the sonic birthplace of some of the deepest works by soul and blues luminaries like Al Green, Buddy Guy and Ike & Tina Turner. “The original tracks were cut on two-inch tape,” Cody explains. “My hands were tingling because I got to sing on the actual microphone that Al Green recorded with. Nothing has changed. The downhome acoustic treatments are still in place.”
Topics on Landing On A Hundred cover lots of grown-folks business: a man’s road to redemption after years of womanizing and crack addiction, the power and labor of slow-burning marital love that eclipses mere material expressions of affection. Keeping it truthful is ultimately what matters most in Cody’s songs: how it reveals itself in your darkest thoughts, how it can heal old wounds with a handclap and a foot stomp. Truthfulness emanates from Cody’s vocal chords and the strings of his guitar while his , strong, sensitive voice continues to command listeners with its riveting sound, leading them to their own higher ground.