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‘Straight-up rock’: Chad Ginsburg releases a solo effort and plays at Launchpad

Chad Ginsburg has released his first solo album, called “Rock n Roll Alibis.”

Chad Ginsburg has released his first solo album, called “Rock n Roll Alibis.”

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Chad Ginsburg is loving the transition into autumn.

“It’s nice to have a little cool air at the end of summer,” he says during a recent phone interview. “We’ve been jamming a bunch of new rock ‘n’ roll and it’s nice because not a lot of people have been doing straight-up rock.”

For nearly 20 years, Ginsburg has been touring with the heavy metal band CKY, which he co-founded in 1998. With the band in turmoil, Ginsburg thought about doing a solo album. He moved from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles in hopes that there would be another CKY album, but that never came to fruition.

“I started to write and it took nearly a year to get all of the material together,” he says. “When we finished the writing process, there was enough material for a few albums. It all kept flowing out of me.”

Ginsburg says he holed himself up in the smallest room possible in his house. That turned out to be his closet, where he sat inside with only a bass.

“I started out with a bass line and built on top of that,” he says. “In the past, I used to write with lyric phrases and melody and then put guitars over it. This process was different and it was a good thing.”

After he finished recording the album, he put together a band for the tour.

“The next album will represent the band as a whole,” he says. “They will have input on what comes next because we’re working as a unit.”

Ginsburg produced and mixed his new album, which he also did for CKY.

“It’s a huge undertaking and I’m a perfectionist,” he says. “I’ve been recording for years and I try to put out the best possible music I can. It can get difficult but that’s part of the fun. Now I’m ready to rock out on tour and let people know that I’m doing my own thing now.”


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