The songs are as varied as the musical influences of the artist. On 'Right Now' Chip Dolan plays and sings a collection of songs that come straight from the soul. Songs he's written. Words and music he's lived and learned. Stories he's discovered at home, on the road and in the heart. From rockin' roadhouses in Texas, to back road pubs in Ireland and small, smoky piano bars across America Chip has collected ideas, influences and memories. And he's combined them all to craft and create his own music.
And though the songs and the style on 'Right Now' are all Chip's own, he called on many musical friends to help make his vision a reality. Some of Austin's best musicians have joined him in the studio to record his first album. Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, Floyd Domino, Gene Elders, Sara Hickman, Erik Hokkanen, Eamon McGloughlin, Keith Gattis, Gary Primich, Paul Pearcy, Rob Gjersoe, Warren Hood and many others all lending their talents to the words and music written by Chip Dolan on his first album "Right Now." And to produce the record Chip brought in Marvin Dykhuis, his friend, collaborator and an Austin music scene fixture. It's an impressive collection of talent that helps give Right Now a unique and special sound.
Among the special musical moments on Right Now is a truly touching song Chip Dolan wrote in the days following Hurricane Katrina's destruction in New Orleans. Witnessing the devastating impact on the city and its people Chip wrote a song called 'Bucktown'. 'Bucktown' is the area of New Orleans where the first levee broke, and the horror and heartache began. The song is layered with unmistakable sounds and styles that give New Orleans music its unique flavor. And joining Chip on 'Bucktown' is a true New Orleans music icon, Cyril Neville of the legendary Neville Brothers. Cyril's soulful vocals blend with the singing talents of Ruthie Foster and Marcia Ball to bring life to Chip's poignant lyrics, and bring power and emotion to the blues and bayou influenced music of 'Bucktown'.