Release Date: 04/17/2012
Christopher the Conquered has always been the primary outlet for the musical explorations of Iowa songwriter Chris Ford, but The Fate Of A Good Man marks an important moment in the evolution of the project, as it is the first album to feature a full band, with Ford staying firmly seated at The Piano. He’s backed strongly by The Black Gold Brass Band, which is featured heavily on the album, with songs arranged to rise and fall with the energy of the five-piece horn section. Joining them is a rhythm section built with bass, drums, and guitar, along with Ford’s keys.
You can download “Free to Try” and “Let Us Not Confuse Our Thoughts With Our Beliefs” here.
For this collection, Ford has written songs as he’s always written songs, using wit and humor to make startlingly real observations of his environment, both Within and Without. As You, the Listener, are no doubt a part of that environment, expect to find yourself placed squarely at the center of each song.
You Are The Good Man.
The difference here, and where The Fate Of A Good Man makes huge advances over Ford’s previous outings, is in the conciseness of the lyrics. When Words have said what they can say, he uses Sound to say the rest. Ford’s reliance on a strong backing band performing almost entirely live in the studio results in moments of spontaneous beauty and moments of downright weirdness, often at the same time; a prime example of the possibility of Sound.
Be ready to hear something New. Something that has been searching for you for quite a long time, and will be happy to finally be held in your arms. Expect to smile and maybe laugh. Perhaps you’ll cry, if you are the type that tends to do so.
Maximum Ames Records is truly ecstatic and proud to present, in the highest quality possible, another beautiful piece of Iowa Art: The Fate Of A Good Man.
The collectible vinyl version of the album comes with a bonus 7″ featuring two previously unreleased songs, recorded at The Pink Lady in Ames, Iowa, exclusively available with this release, as well as an autographed score of the chorale that opens the album. Each LP, produced on high quality virgin vinyl, also comes with a unique download code for a free digital version of the album. Why? Because we love you.
Both the LP and CD version of the album come in beautifully crafted packages, designed by Des Moines artist Avalan Wilson and featuring the photography and writings of Ames’ thinker Jerrod Jordahl.
You can also order a digital copy if that’s the way you like it. A unique download code will be sent to your email address, giving you access to 3 downloads of the album.
Songs Of The Pink Lady Bonus 7″ Tracklist:
- Knocked Around
- Conquered No More
The record comes with a download card packaged in it! You’ll use this to access your digital version. Thank you!