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CNY finger-pickin' style guitarist Loren Barrigar holds CD release party for 'Chillaxin''

The legacy of the finger-style guitar playing is alive and well in Central New York with native son Loren Barrigar spreading his knowledge of the fretboard with the release of his latest CD "Chillaxin'," the follow-up to his first effort "Dance With Me."

A CD release party is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Elbridge Community Brick Church, Route 5, in Loren's hometown of Elbridge. The event will accept a free will offering with "Chillaxin'"available for $15.

The story behind the title of "Chillaxin'" is as simple as it is complex - a term phrased by one of his friends, as 'to chill or relax with ones guitar.'

Barrigar was asked to perform at a memorial service for Christopher Curtis Simpson in Virginia. Following the service at an after-party, some of the serviemen and women Simpson had served with had mentioned 'chillaxe' or 'chillaxin' as a term that they and Christopher had used.

"Of course," reflected Barrigar, "I related the axe part to the slang for guitar. So on the way home I wrote a song called 'Chillaxin'' and put Christopher's initials after the song."

Along with the title cut "Chillaxin' CCS", the CD features 11 other songs, including eight Barrigar original instrumentals, the song "Brother John" written by Dusty Pas'Cal, and three songs penned by Austn Gravelding, "Never Felt Her Leave," "China Blue" and "Devil's Dance."

The CD includes a bonus track called "Lydia Anne" that was written by Loren, His brother Kevin Barrigar and Peter Ryan.

"The song is about a pre-Civil War Lighthouse in the Gulf of Mexico in Port Aransas Texas," explains Loren. "It features Kevin on vocals and the genius of Lloyd Maines on dobro-baritone guitar, accordion and percussion."

Maines, a legendary producer, is a multiple Grammy award-winner and the father of Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chucks.

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