Rock Music Opinions is a blog site with a goofy name that was created by Chris Callaway, well-published music journalist and author of Reel to Real by ReelReel to Real by Reel. The purpose of Rock Music Opinions is to present reviews, commentary, articles and interviews that pertain to popular music. Just remember that Chris loves great pop hooks, vocal harmonies, emotive singing, imaginative lyric writing and superior musicianship. If all of these items can make it into the same band, same album or same song, then he’ll love it.
Chris has loved music since he was able to crawl on the red shag carpet in his parents’ home and stare at his dad’s reel-to-reel tape machine. He started playing guitar at the age of 12, soon switched to electric bass, and has since performed in many local bands in his native New England and in the Denver, Colorado, area. While in these musical ensembles, Chris handled the majority of the booking, publicity, marketing and management duties. He also co-managed musical artists with veteran manager Mark Bliesener.
In 1994, Chris started writing professionally as a freelance music journalist and has written for publications including Boulder Weekly, Westword, Yellow Scene, HM (recently relaunched as Heaven’s Metal) and RELEVANT.
Chris relocated to Nashville in 1997 after graduating from Colorado Christian University with a BA in communications. He worked in marketing and publicity for two years with a couple different record labels; one was owned by former Prince and the Revolution guitarist Dez Dickerson, and the other was owned by late country music legend Buddy Killen.
Chris moved back to Denver in 1999 and lives with his wife, Erin, and dog, Rylee. His first book, Reel to Real by Reel, was published in February of 2015 and contains interviews that he conducted with rock music legends, complete with introductions that chronicle his formative years and love of music. The artists interviewed include Ray Davies (the Kinks), Mike Peters (the Alarm), Bruce Cockburn, Alex Lifeson (Rush), Neil Finn (Crowded House), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and more. The book can be purchased Reel to Real by Reelhere.
Chris is currently working on a children’s book and continues to write about music. These days, he is listening to a lot of U2, Death Cab, the Kinks, Joe Walsh, the Who, the Db’s, the Zombies, Galactic Cowboys, the Kickback, Brave Baby and, yes, the Jam. The volume goes up when his wife is out. The dog seems to find it relaxing.
He does enjoy craft beer in moderation, sometimes while writing at night. His current favorite is the Man Beer brewed by Bull & Bush here in Denver. The brewery/restaurant also has a very tasty menu item consisting of a steaming plateful of mashed potatoes topped with homemade green chili. It’s incredibly delicious.
Some Articles About Chris Callaway:
“Chris Callaway on His Book of Interviews, Reel to Real by Reel“
“Interview with Music Journalist Chris Callaway”
Able Archer – The Way Machines See Us (album review)
Able Archer – EP01 (album review)
Some Articles by Chris Callaway:
Lisa Loeb (published here in New York and here in Colorado)
Steve Earle (written under a pseudonym)
“Christian Metal: One Metalhead’s Story”
Death Cab for Cutie
Tom Shadyac (movie director)
Flobots (written under a pseudonym)
Dualistics (local band, written under a pseudonym)
The New Pornographers
“Classical Experiments: MinTze Wu Challenges Conventions with a New Local Concert Series
Almost Legends (local band, written under a pseudonym)
Statewide Emergency (local band, written under a pseudonym)
“Matters of Life and Death: New Film Festival Explores Life’s Two Inevitabilities”
Josh Rouse (incorrect byline)
Roger Manning, Jr. – Catnip Dynamite (album review)
Various Artists – Substitution Mass Confusion: A Tribute to the Cars (album review)
Please click here to view a comprehensive listing of pieces Chris wrote for Christian publications (1994 – 2011). Most of these articles and reviews are not available online or require a membership or paid subscription to access.
There are also quite a few older articles and reviews written for the Boulder Weekly that are not available online. We may post those pieces once they are accessible.