Christian Lopez knows exactly how it feels to be a young man looking for adventure. The 19-year-old West Virginia native is the self-starter type who was touring and recording before he could even drive.
So when he sings “My heart told me to leave today” to a perfectly good girlfriend in his first single, “Will I See You Again,” his excitement and uncertainty rings true.
Beginning with a fluttering guitar melody before transitioning into a fully loaded roots-pop stomp, “Will I See You Again” mixes the old tenants of Appalachian songwriting with some mainstream sensibility.
“I love representing West Virginia any way I can,” says Lopez on his website. “Not many rock bands have an old-time banjo picker and a progressive-rock rhythm section playing at the same time. It is the hint of Appalachia in the guitar, banjo and vocal harmonies that define the region where we come from.”
In their new video for “Will I See You Again,” Lopez and his band hit the road in an open-top 4×4, explore the treasures of Grimey’s New & Preloved Music in Nashville and grab hold of their adventure with both hands.
On Oct. 14, the band released their first EP, Pilot, produced by award-winning Americana guru Dave Cobb, the man behind Jason Isbell’s Southeastern and Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. Their next show is slated for the Cox Farms Fall Fest in Centreville, Virginia, on Saturday (Oct. 25).
Check out the CMT Edge premiere of the Christian Lopez Band’s video, “Will I See You Again.”