Chase Your Burden
With the completion of his second release issued through Porch Glow Records, Anthony Neff continues to build upon his reputation as a songwriter and performer of considerable depth. Chase Your Burden, much like it's predecessor Generation X-istential Blues, is built upon a solid framework of warm tones, intelligent lyrics and lasting melodies. Touches of Americana, rock, folk and pop music are interspersed throughout Anthony's songs - yet he manages to avoid easy categorization into any one of these labels. Attempting to capture an intimate feel on this mostly acoustic release, Anthony recorded Chase Your Burden on an analog reel-to-reel tape machine in the living room of Raleigh, NC producer Rob Farris (who produced Anthony's previous release along with releases from Kenny Roby and The Countdown Quartet). Recording the songs on ½' tape (before it was discontinued) was an important objective for Rob and Anthony, as they are both fans of the warm sound that tape recording delivers. The result of these sessions is an intimate recording that places the listener in the same room - complete with creaks in the floor and the sounds of sleet hitting the window on some tracks. Chase Your Burden is sure to build upon the initial success of Generation X-istential Blues, which was released in late 2002. It's title track was featured in the April 2005 Shut Eye Records compilation The United States of Americana, Volume 2. With songs that have been described as 'half Band and half Little Feat', Generation X-istential Blues was praised by critics and fans alike.