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Route 66: A song for the Mother Road

Chris Commisso

Chris Commisso

KINGMAN - Local musician Chris Commisso released a new music video on YouTube last week celebrating Route 66. The video had racked up more than a thousand views as of Wednesday.

"Return to Route 66" was filmed in downtown Kingman and transports its viewers back in time as Commisso cruises down Route 66. The video, filmed with 1960's angles and film grain, feels retro. The music sounds more like a mix of the old and new.

"I've worked hard at developing something that musically I could call my own," said Commisso. "I'm very heavily influenced by the work of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys and also The Carpenters, so my sound is a mix of retro along with today's pop sound."

His inspiration came from his friends and family suggesting that he write something about Route 66.

"At first I was opposed because there's already a great Route 66 song that simply can't be topped," he said. "But as I played around with the idea while thinking about the festival and all the people who lived back in the day and actually experienced Route 66 as teens, I thought that would make a great concept for a song."

The video even features his real-life father, Joey. Commisso then gets to play his younger version in the song.

Commisso also lends his advice to aspiring musicians and artists.

"You have to be fully invested and fully committed. It can't be something you want to just 'try,' " he said. "If music is your life and you can't picture yourself doing anything else and you'd be willing to do it for free, because most of the time you will, then go for it.

"Don't take no for an answer and don't look back."

Chris Commisso is a self-taught musician and filmmaker.

His YouTube Channel "ThePianoShack" has over 10,000 subscribers and 1.2 million views. His audience comes from all over the world, and his cover of Ariana Grande's "Problem" just recently took ninth place in a YouTube contest sponsored by Ryan Seacrest.

"Return to Route 66" will be on his new CD debuting at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at Grace Lutheran Church, 2101 Harrison St. Admission is free.

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