REVIEW album Rick Chavez Anyway

DRIVE's Rick Chavez Releases The Sultry Guitar Driven "Anyway"


Rick Chavez

“Anyway” is the latest release from Rick Chavez who is best known as guitarist and founding member of the rock band Drive. Originally from Houston, the band came together when its members were barely out of high school and soon after they moved to Los Angeles, which had become the epicenter of the national rock scene.

They quickly made a name for themselves on the streets of Hollywood and the Sunset Strip and landed a spot on the “KNAC Pure Rock Best of the West Compilation” album with a song penned by Chavez titled “I Need the Nights.” Soon after label offers started coming and the band inked a deal with Rampage Records. Their debut album 'Characters in Time' received tremendous reviews from the industry’s top rock press, including the coveted 5 “K” rating from Kerrang! Magazine and was recently re-released by Warner Music Group. What separated Drive from the other bands on the Strip were their intelligent lyrics, intricate musicianship and suburb vocals.

Post Drive, Chavez continued to write and record and sat behind the board as a producer for some of Houston’s up and coming talent. His solo recordings find him crossing genres and mixing rock n’ roll melody with the blues and even a little jazz creating a strong and original sound.

On his recently released “Anyway,” Chavez writes of the kind of love that you can’t let go of (and probably shouldn’t) backed by rock n’ roll harmonies, a bit of a jazz soaked flavor, and filled with sultry guitar playing. “Anyway” left me wanting more and wondering what else might slip out of the Chavez vault soon.

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