Joliet artist releases CD 30 years in the making
By Annie Alleman For Sun-Times Media December 31, 2013 11:40AM
Ted Slowik is the director of PR and media relations at North Central College. | Submitted
Ted Slowik CD release party
♦ Jan. 4
♦ Chicago Street Pub, 75 N. Chicago St., Joliet
♦ Tickets, $5
♦ (815) 727-7171
Updated: January 2, 2014 11:41AM
A project 30 years in the making finally comes to fruition when a local musician releases his first solo CD.
Joliet singer/songwriter Ted Slowik will celebrate the release of his solo debut effort “Comfort Zone” with a CD release show Jan. 4 at Chicago Street Pub in Joliet.
The show starts at 9 p.m. with an opening set by Chris Corkery. Then Slowik and friends will perform “Comfort Zone” in its entirety, along with other originals. The evening concludes when Slowik steps behind the bass guitar for a set by the reunited Big Eddy Springs Blues Band.
“Comfort Zone” is Slowik’s six-song debut collection of studio recordings. The songs were written at various times over the past 30 years and recorded in August and September at Third City Sound in Joliet.
The disc became available for sale in December through Amazon, CDBaby.com and other outlets and downloads are for sale through iTunes, Google Play and other elsewhere.
“It was a bucket list thing,” he said. “My way of thinking started changing in 2009 after my brother passed away at age 59. I was 44 at the time and I started thinking, ‘What if I only had 15 years left?’ This was one of those things I always wanted to do.”
All of the songs on the disc are originals. The style of music can be loosely labeled as Americana.
“Americana is kind of at the crossroads of country and rock,” he said. “There’s some blues and bluegrass (influence), but it’s folk-rock.”
Lyrical inspiration comes from his life: the song “Slowiks” is about growing up the youngest of 12 children.
“I run through the whole family history from 1940 to 1970 in three and a half minutes,” he said. “That’s a fun one to play at reunions. There’s one called ‘Springfield’ that’s about state government. It’s kind of a lighthearted look at a serious situation.”
“Hinsdale” is about an unspecified calamity that occurs in Hinsdale. “Record Store” is a nostalgic look back at buildings that sold vinyl records.
“Dear Editor,” a ballad written from the perspective of someone writing a letter to the editor, is also a nod to Slowik’s time as a reporter and editor for the Joliet Herald-News and Naperville Sun.
“Comfort Zone” CDs will be available for sale for $5.
“This is my first studio recording, and I hope to do more in 2014,” he said.