AUSTRALIAN NATIVE CLAIMS SPOT IN LIGHTNING 100’S MUSIC CITY MAYHEM’S SEMI-FINAL ROUND

 
 
AUSTRALIAN NATIVE CLAIMS SPOT IN
LIGHTNING 100’S MUSIC CITY MAYHEM’S SEMI-FINAL ROUND
 
Voting Continues As Chris Pickering Rides Success of New Album, Work of Fiction
 
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — March 31, 2010 — Alt-country rocker Chris Pickering launched his successful solo career seven years ago in Brisbane, Australia, touring heavily throughout the country, earning multiple Australian music awards and nominations and releasing two full albums before turning his sights state side.  
 
Now a Tennessee resident, Pickering immersed himself in Nashville’s alt-country music scene co-writing with local songwriters and recording his third album, Work of Fiction (Oct. 2010, Other Tongues), in Memphis with famed producer Don Nix (Albert King, Freddie King). The album received rave reviews from both media and fans and catapulted Pickering’s advance in the 2011 Music City Mayhem competition hosted by Nashville’s Independent Radio Lightning 100.
 
Pickering’s song “Fit to Print” from his 2009 release Excuses, Excuses has beat out two other artists’ singles for a place in the “Elite Eight” semi-final round. The next fan-voted round takes place Friday, April 1, where he’ll compete against The Cold Stares for a place in the Fantastic Four Showdown. Fans can log in to the Lightning 100 site and  vote once per round from 10am to midnight on the day of the scheduled round. The four artists/bands left standing will compete on stage on April 9 at Nashville’s Exit/In. The winner of Music City Mayhem will go on to play Live On the Green.
 
Along with headlining tours in both Australia and the U.S., Pickering has performed at SxSW in Austin, MUSEXPO in Los Angeles, North American Folk Alliance in Memphis and Big Sound in Brisbane.
 
“‘Work of Fiction’ – One of 20 New Tracks to Discover”
– Craig Shelburne, CMT
 
“Well written, superbly executed timeless pop”
– Rhythms Magazine
 
“From start to finish this is a polished and graceful outing
from Pickering, with roots that go down deep
into country and soul music.”
– Courier Mail
“…soaring choruses, quiet breakdowns and thoughtful melodies…
it’s like having our own Ryan Adams here in Brisbane…”
– Rave Magazine (Ghost City EP Review)
 

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