Not many artists would head on tour with their wife and two small children, playing gigs in local living rooms and sometimes sleeping in the middle of the woods or under the stars. But for Chadwick Stokes, this is what makes his music come to life.
“Those living room floors, that quiet hum of a small nighttime crowd gathered around casually but intently—it can be the most furtive workshop.” Playing simply on his acoustic guitar, with no traditional amplification, Chadwick says “I would take the reaction and see which songs needed a new bridge, which ones were too long. And I would go home and scrap it or retool it,” he says. “The experience fed the project completely.”
As he sings on the track, “we are on the great adventure of our lives,” Stokes’ adventure has been one wide and varied, taking him from a small town where he grew up, to the streets of Zimbabwe, to fronting two enormously successful bands and selling out Madison Square Garden. Through it all, the main point has always remained the same—to create music that could motivate a generation to not just hum along and to turn that passion to action. To spark a conversation, not drive bank accounts.
So here it is, our Road Session this August is with Chadwick Stokes, performing his track, “I Want You Like a Seatbelt.” Enjoy!