Just in time to celebrate national Record Store Day, local singer/songwriter/performer Chris Alvarado is set to release his second album.
This second album is titled simply "Home" and is on vinyl.
Alvarado chose vinyl because "It's a format that is so much more personal than CD or mp3. You can't skip tracks and you have to make a physical effort to listen to the music. It also has a warmer and more natural sound. As a result, vinyl has seen a very large comeback in the past few years. I have already had a very large number of people show interest in this short run of records and expect to sell out pretty quickly," he said.
Performing is in Alvarado's blood. His dad is sax man Al Alvarado, who is well-known in the area.
Chris chuckles when asked about his choice of guitar over the saxophone; a choice he made at age 13.
"I chose guitar because that way, I can play by myself and it's easier to play the songs I hear on the radio," he explains.
He has been performing professionally for four years now at various locales up and down the coast, such as Hog's Breath Saloon, Pompano Joe's, AJ's, the Local Catch, Louis Louis, Baytowne, and at weddings and special events. He also performed during the 30A Songwriter's Fest in January. Every Tuesday, he can be found at Pompano Joe's, and on Wednesdays at Hog's Breath. His schedule of upcoming performances can be found on his Facebook page.
Alvarado said he plays what he likes, and what his audience wants to hear, which consists of what he terms "acoustic songwriter stuff."
"I sound a lot like John Mayer," he says of his sound.
Alvarado writes his own songs and performs those of others. But on his album, the material is totally his.
Alvarado released his first album last year, self-titled "Chris Alvarado," which can be found on iTunes, Pandora Radio, and other online retailers.
He chose to title his second after a song on this album.
" 'Home' is where I am at this point in my life and I'm comfortable," he said of the choice.
As for what inspires him to create music or write new lyrics, Alvarado said it's social things, watching events around him, "love issues we have all experienced," and society.
As for what he gets out of performing, sometimes nine times a week, the artist said simply "happiness."
"That's what I hope to get from performing," he said. "I like to make other people happy and help them forget about the day and its problems by listening to my music."
Alvarado's first album-release event will be at Central Square Records April 20 in celebration of Record Store Day. Alvarado will perform at 6 p.m. with Kelsey Anna.
His second release party will be at Williams' Backyard Boogie May 2 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include a copy of the album on CD. Food plates will also be available for $10 from Grayt Catering. Tickets can be purchased at any Forrest Williams show, at Central Square Records, or by phone (850) 502-6448.
For more information visit Alvarado online at www.chrisalvaradolive.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chrisalvaradomusic.