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Side A

1. Calamus

2. Riga Black

3. Moonstone


Side B

1. Eye on the Sparrow

2. Labradorite

3. Balm of Gilead

Personnel, Credits

Chuck Johnson: pedal steel guitar, synthesizers, treatments

Recorded and mixed by Chuck Johnson

at Cirrus Oxide Studios, Oakland, CA

Mastered by Jeffrey Yellen at Ridgeline Sound

Sleeve by Rob Carmichael, SEEN


Chuck Johnson


Deluxe LP in heavy tip-on jacket.

SKU: VDSQ-021 / LP - $20

Chuck Johnson's pedal steel guitar debut delivers a group of pieces for ambient meditation. Recorded in a single two-week session during late 2015, and subsequently arranged/constructed/treated in the studio in spring of 2016, Balsams is awash in layers of tonal perfection. The album constantly evolves while maintaining a unified approach across both sides. Balsams is a record that lives outside genre and time, one that continues to develop with each successive deep listen. A unique expansion in the VDSQ catalog, Balsams is an album created in the hopes of providing solace and regenerative energies for many years to come

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