The Alamosa Live Music Association presents singer-songwriter Antonio A. Lopez in concert to celebrate the release of his debut album “The Romantic and the Realist.” The award winning Don Conoscenti Trio from Taos, NM along with local legend Don Richmond will be the backing band for the CD release show. The show is set for Friday November 11, 2011 at 7:30 PM and will take place at Leon Memorial Hall on the Adams State College campus. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and $5 for students and seniors. ALMA members receive $2 off. A COMPLIMENTARY COPY OF THE ALBUM IS INCLUDED WITH EACH TICKET. Tickets available at The ASC Music Department or Narrow Gauge Newsstand.
The album is a 13-song collection of original material with an earthy modern-folk-rock feel. Nashville based recording artist Tyler James describes Antonio’s music as “raw and beautiful…two traits any young songwriter should strive for.”
Lopez is an Alamosa native and Adams State College alumnus who graduated in 2010 with degrees in music performance and composition. “The Romantic and the Realist” was recorded at the Pearl Recording Studio in Minneapolis, MN with producer Zach Hollander. Commenting on the chemistry that the two had in the studio Lopez said, “It was almost like our brains were wired together. We would be doing 12 hour days and not have one lull in creativity or inspiration. Throughout the whole session there was not one technical difficulty. It was as if all the stars were perfectly aligned!”
To fund the project, Lopez worked five jobs simultaneously, juggling his time as a substitute teacher, high school soccer coach, personal care assistant for a quadriplegic, guitar instructor, and AmeriCorp volunteer. Lopez’s hard work and determination is starting to pay off. Hollander who has worked on over 1,000 records -some with big name bands and artists- says that “the Romantic and the Realist” is one of the best albums that he has been a part of. To listen to tracks from the album visit www.antonioalopez.com or www.facebook.com/antonioalopezmusic.