Carl Chesna & Co.
Asbury Park, NJ
Born in Sleepy Hollow, NY, Carl has been performing on stage since age 13. In his 20’s he moved to New York City’s East Village and formed the indie record label Regular Records. What started as a vanity label for his critically acclaimed EP, “The Psychology of Waiting,” ended up expanding with a healthy roster of NYC-based artists. During that time he wrote and recorded the song, “St. Anthony,” which received worldwide airplay. In 2001 he relocated to Asbury Park, NJ and has been part of the Jersey Shore music community ever since. Chesna is the founder of the Asbury Wax Cylinder Recordings label, and wrote the Mercury Retrograde Society column for The Aquarian Weekly. He was nominated for “Top Male Acoustic” at the Asbury Music Awards in 2010 and played at the Awards ceremony at the legendary Stone Pony.
“There are no locks on story-box”
While it seems incredibly timely and relevant during this era of #MeToo, I actually conceived the concept for my most recent album, “Prayer to
I was going through a lot of spiritual soul searching during that time and NYC is a veritable goldmine for anyone self-seeking wisdom in any
A song I’d written years prior as a teenager while working at Rye Playland ended up fitting the bill too. It was about the Greek Goddess
Yet again, I digress… Or do I? A few years later I moved from NYC to Asbury Park, NJ because it reminded me of one of my favorite places to
I think the gay movement tried to latch onto the women’s movement and the black movement as early as the ’50’s and ’60’s but those groups didn’t want anything to do with us either. It’s no wonder really —women are still the “Niggers of the World” to quote John Lennon & Yoko Ono, if I may be so bold. Their fight has been ongoing since day one. It was Eve who picked the apple. Men never had a glass ceiling to break. (White) men could always vote, be clergy, have power, make decisions for everyone and everything—generally speaking. This was not true for the women folk and the world isn’t much different today. I think that as a culture we may have to stop asking: “what would Jesus
Prayer to the Black Madonna
Cremcaffe. Second Avenue near Third Street, East Village. Acoustic music lovers are under table umbrellas applauding Carl Chesna. Suddenly some dude falls from the sky, crashing through an umbrella. Seems he’d been chilling out on a rusty fire escape overhead and it gave way. Only in New York kids, only in New York. Cindy Adams – The New York Post
From the uplifting “You’re Gonna Shine” to the rockier “New Orleans”, singer-songwriter Carl Chesna captures the moment and takes a look into the future with “The Psychology of Waiting”… Chesna’s distinctive vocal gives the album its continuity. He seems quite comfortable with the folky “You’re Gonna Shine,” but also shows he can do the blues-rock thing with songs like “Dream’s Wake”. In an interesting twist, Chesna delivers a Bowie-esque performance covering Chrissie Hynde’s “Up the Neck.” Staff Writer – PGN
Add Chesna’s name to the growing list… songwriters snagging attention… “You’re Gonna Shine” – a nicely structured tune – seek it out on the fine album, “The Psychology of Waiting.”
Larry Flick – Billboard
As a young boy growing up in Tarrytown, N.Y., Carl Chesna would go out on family outings in their boat along the Hudson River. “One of my favorite things to do was to sit in the back of the boat and watch the trail of water. My parents said, ‘Well, that’s the wake. It’s our path where we’ve been,'” says Chesna from his home in the East Village. For the past six years, Chesna has plied his trade as a singer and songwriter in the fold of his contemporary, Daniel Cartier, performing at East Village spots such as The Spiral, the now defunct Cafe Sin-e, CBGB Gallery, Under Acme, Brownies, and more recently The Baggott Inn…. “When I write songs, it’s not so much about telling a story as it is expressing a feeling,” he says. “I’ve always been interested in the environment, equal rights and humanitarian concerns and I do sometimes address these social issues in my songs, but I don’t want to be too preachy. There’s a certain folk esthetic and rock sensibility to my stuff”, says Chesna, whose “Psychology of Waiting” (Regular Records) varies from the upbeat, happy “You’re Gonna Shine” to the psychological dream world of “Dream’s Wake.” “I try to express a positive energy,” he says. “Our society as a whole focuses entirely too much on results and not about the process towards success and defining what success is. So much of it is about status and I have a big car, a mortgage and a big house in the country. Whatever these little prizes are that people are running around with. Most things don’t just happen. Each process is a struggle. How did you get there? I see people waiting a lot in their lives before they start to live. People place a lot of conditions on their happiness”, says Chesna. Chesna, 29, found himself trapped in the same cycle as he struggled to make ends meet and pay college tuition working at corporate sales jobs in Manhattan while studying, first as an electrical engineering and business major and then shifting to the more artistic side of English Literature and creative writing at Pace University. Chesna decided to give up the corporate dreams for life as a musician and songwriter, and just two courses away from finally getting his B.A. in English Literature from Pace, he’s upon the wake of his dreams. “That’s where life happens,” he says. “Once you get there, you can always change and say, ‘Now I want this,’ because the idea of success in life is really fluid anyway. My idea is to be happy in the struggle, because that’s where life happens.”
Robert Hicks – The Villager
In Review – Carl Chesna – The Psychology of Waiting (Regular Records). There’s a lot of empowerment in this album. From the positive message in “You’re Gonna Shine” to the revelations in “New Orleans.” Carl seems comfortable with exposing deep feelings and memories in his sensitive songs.
Staff Writer – Songwriter’s Monthly
NYC singer/songwriter Carl Chesna’s song “St. Anthony” was recently chosen over 200 other songs to be included on The Acoustic Rainbow Sampler, Volume Four, which will be released to over 1,000 radio shows. “St. Anthony” is from Chesna’s self-released debut The Psychology of Waiting.
Staff Writer – Songwriter’s Monthly
The Asbury Music Awards annually bring together the Jersey shore’s music community for a night of congratulations and camaraderie. But more than the trophies, the night’s performances — carefully chosen to represent every genre of music being played in area clubs — provide a rare chance to take the pulse of the Asbury Park music scene. This year, it is beating strong.
For the second year in a row, Carl Chesna & Co. are playing Porchfest at 3:00 p.m. on the porch of the Hotel Tides on 7th Avenue in Asbury Park.
Source: The Coaster
Source: The Aquarian Weekly
Asbury Park Rising Star
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Playing "Whore of Babylon" at the very first Wave Gathering in Asbury Park!
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As "Tony Clifton" in the streets of Asbury Park, NJ.
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