PopMatters Review RED ARROW:

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Don’t let the CMT videos fool you and ignore all the accolades from Rolling Stone’s country imprint. Forget the Nashville connections and the Music City Roots videos. Hard as he may try and committed as his team may be to telling you otherwise, don’t believe the hype: Christian Lopez is not a country artist. Christian Lopez is a pop artist.

And holy hell, Christian Lopez is a damn good pop artist.

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Christian Lopez on Embracing the 'Young and Stupid' on New 'Red Arrow' - Rolling Stone

Christian Lopez had just finished high school when his debut album Onwardmade him a standout in roots music circles. The album felt uncannily poised and wise beyond its years – an indie-folk throwback of worldly, self-written songs and old-soul vocals with tracks like "Morning Rise" and "The Man I Was Before" presenting powerful ideas of what a mature relationship might look like. Lead single "Will I See You Again" also garnered more than a million Spotify streams on the strength of its infectious hooks and simple-but-insightful lyrics.

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AmericanaFest 2017: 20 Best Things We Saw - Rolling Stone Country

Christian Lopez had substantial buzz around him leading into AmericanaFest, so it was only fitting he'd play one of the week's many kickoff parties. Held at Razor & Tie's office just south of Nashville, the mid-afternoon event was packed out for Lopez, who played as part of an acoustic three-piece. The young West Virginia native had no trouble filling the room, with the intimate setting allowing the crowd to see him effortlessly modulate between a gritty Americana croon and a soulful brand of modern rockabilly. Lopez's set was short, but he managed to squeeze in a few new tracks, like the infectious "1972," from his forthcoming album Red Arrow. He also made a famous new fan in Beatle Bob, a beloved St. Louis cult figure who spent the half hour dancing and twisting along next to the stage.

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Christian Lopez Finds Inspiration At Sea In New Track “Steel On The Water” - American Songwriter Premiere

Christian Lopez’s 2015 debut album Onward positioned the Nashville-by-way-of-West-Virginia songwriter as an artist to watch. The Dave Cobb-produced album showed Lopez to be a talented storyteller, vocalist, and guitarist, and got the attention of NPRNo Depression, and all of us at American Songwriter.

Now Lopez is preparing to return with his sophomore album, Red Arrow. He teamed up with producer Marshall Altman this time around, digging deeper sonically and lyrically for a collection of songs that take Lopez’s musicianship to an exciting new level.

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Getting Found - No Depression on Hugh Masterson

"There’s an episode of Mad Men in which Don Draper asserts that, “when a man walks into a room, he brings his whole life with him.” Songwriters have always known this. On his new EP, Hugh Masterson isn’t afraid to unpack the dichotomy of life. Appropriately titled Lost + Found, its 20 minutes are a cohesive, self-reflective journey from one end of the spectrum to the other: loneliness and redemption, love and loss, the atrophy of staying put and the freedom of letting go."

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Christian Lopez - "10 New Country Artists You Need To Know" - Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone names Christian Lopez one of "10 New Country Artists You Need To Know" and premieres first track from forthcoming album RED ARROW.

Why You Should Pay Attention: Christian Lopez has only made two albums (his second, Red Arrow, comes out September 22nd), but the West Virginia tunesmith has already worked with two of the most respected roots producers in the business – first Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton) and now Marshall Altman (Will Hoge, Frankie Ballard's El Rio). Only 21, he's crossed the 1 million Spotify streams threshold with "Will I See You Again," and by mixing joyful country and folk-rock with an upbeat pop sensibility on Red Arrow, he's poised for his breakout moment.

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Christian Lopez to release RED ARROW this September - Music Row

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Christian Lopez is set to release his sophomore album Red Arrow on Blaster Records on Sept. 22.

The album, produced by Marshall Altman, finds Lopez expressing his views via his own songwriting efforts, and collaborating with writers including Dylan Altman, Gabe Dixon, Dave Berg, Tofer Brown, Mindy Smith, and more. 

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