We can all suffer setbacks in life, but the heart and soul can find healing in the aftermath. While creating his third album, Monarch, critically acclaimed guitarist/singer/songwriter and Maple Blues Award nominee Chris Antonik (pronounced "AN-tah-nick," not "tonic") focused inward on his own deeply personal corners, against the backdrop of a marriage coming to an end.
Following up Chris Antonik (2010) and Better for You (2013, named Blues-Rock Album of the Year by Canada’s Blues Underground Network), Monarch closes a trilogy of self-expression. Traveling from an earnest desire to give more and make things better to a destination of peace and forgiveness, Monarch embodies an artist moving on with newfound momentum and an understanding of the past.
Though forgiveness is free, there are tolls to pay along the journey. The songs on Monarch cover every mile of that emotional terrain in a blues landscape punctuated by Antonik's searing guitar work. Joining him are Chuck Keeping (Big Wreck) on drums, Guenther Kapelle (Wild T and the Spirit) on bass, Jesse O’Brien (Colin James) on keyboards, Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar on harmony vocals, and others. Monarch was recorded by multiple Grammy- and Juno award-nominated engineer Jeremy Darby (U2, Pink Floyd) and co-produced by Antonik and Ted Onyszczak (Better for You).
"Antonik is a cross between B.B. King and Eric Clapton." - Gonzo Online, 2013
"For that deep, bluesy feeling, you can go straight to the man’s heartfelt guitar and lovingly constructed solos." - The Edmonton Journal
"We don’t have to wait for history to tell us if Chris will be regarded in the same class as the truly great blues talents; it’s already self-evident. - Rustzine.com
Marty's review: this latest release from Chris Antonik has everything, from brilliant guitar playing, songwriting that comes from the heart, music that punches with brass, soul and funk and an artistic professionalism that shows in each and every track. Chris has put his all into this release and the results are nothing short of exceptional.
Official website: https://www.chrisantonik.com/
Preview and download album on iTunes HERE