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01.09.2017: September 2017

Greetings to you all,

Admittedly, I am not the best at keeping my website updated. It is a question of time.

There is much going on and it has been an amazing year. I did no tours with Klaus Ambrosch outside of Austria this summer, as last year we were in the US , and 2 years ago in the UK. I just enjoyed being near home and going into the mountains and hanging out on the banks of a mountain lake under a shade tree, playing my guitar and reading a book. Isn't that enough?

I spent 5 months recording and producing  the 1st album of a young woman singer-songwriter Bea Serein "Hourglass". Some internationally active musician contributed: Austrian musicians Peter Herbert on upright bass, Reinhardt Winkler on drums, Norwegian Weissenborn player Knut Hem,and from the US...electric guitar player Arkadiy Yushin, and Mary Gaines and Chris Wagoner on vocals and string arrangements.

I invite you to have a listen and learn about Bea's music. She is now living in the Chicago area:

I was also involved in a large voice over project (english to german) for a Peace Ambassador Prem Rawat.

My band "The Living Trees" also did some cool gigs in 2016 & 2017, notable was in November 2016 at Schloss Freiberg. There are videos on youtube to be seen.

In September 2017 I will be recording the Viennesse band "Go Go Gorillo"...a post 60's retro punk band.

In August 2017 I taught Songwiting for the 4th time at the "3 Days of Music" workshop put on in Gleisdorf by Jazz singer Simone Kopmajer and drummer Reinhardt Winkler. It was, as it is each year, a great experiance.

I am also considering recording a solo album again...just acoustic guitar and voice. let's see what the year brings.

Best wishes to all of you who have come to my sight.....good health and happiness!!!

Chuck LeMonds

14.06.2016: Summer of 2016

There are a few very extra ordinary concerts coming up in July and August 2016! On Saturday, July 2nd, we have organized a house concert in Ungerdorf near Gleisdorf where some very dear old friends from Madison, Wisconsin will be playing with Klaus Ambrosch and I:Multi-Instrumentalists Mary Gaines and Chris Wagoner who toured in Austria in the 90's with their band "The Common Faces",and have also played and sung harmonies on many of my albums,will contribute their considerable talents to 2 concerts in Austria. To reserve a place at the house concert,please write us at:

Other good news is that electric guitarist Klaus Ambrosch and I,are currently finishing our first duo album "A Walking Paradise" which we worked on most of the winter. It should be done and available by July 19th,2016.

AND on Saturday, July 16th I will play with my 4-piece band "The Live-in-Trees" on the grounds of an old castle ruins "Alt-Ruine Schieleiten near Stubenberg See!It's limited to 300 people,and the ruins,which will be behind the stage, will be lit up with special lighting. So if you like to dance in an unusal ambient,then please come out this night! The "Live-in-Trees" are: Reinhardt Winkler on drums, Gerald Gradwohl on electric guitar,and Beate Wiesinger on bass.

I will be doing a short tour in the mid-west USA in July and August 2016 playing in Iowa,Minnesota and Wisconsin. Exact dates and times are on my website calender.

On Saturday,November 26th I will be playing with my band "The Live-in-Trees" at Schloss Freiberg near Gleisdorf. This will be an official Rhythm & Paint event with special guest, visualizer and artist Chris Scheuer painting live. Tickets are now available at:

30.08.2015: Summer of 2015

The summer of 2015 has been outstanding in many ways. I did my first tour in the UK with electric guitarist Klaus Ambrosch in July. Then spent some vacation time in Lower Austria along the Czech Republic border,an amazing and enchanting area. I took a time out to write songs at the beginning of August at a rural retreat near the HUngarian border,and then drove to Budapest and took part in the Ripoff Raskolnikov 60th Birthday All-Star Concert,held in a beautiful court yard with massive trees along the Danube River. There was a festival stage and PA system and about 900 people came. A great group of musicians from Hungary, Austria,the US, UK took part and it was definately a 3 hour celebration from beginning to end! I drove from Budapest back to Austria with Ismael Barrios,a legendary percussionist living Graz, Austria getting home at 6am. I slept 2 hours and drove to the next gig at an old ruin of a castle in Stubenberg See and played 2 1/2 hours for a brunch with 50 visitors! The last week in August,I taught songwriting at "Three Days of Music" in Gleisdorf at the music school and put on by Simone Kopmajer,who taught vocals,Peter Natter on sax, Gerald Gradwohl on e-guitar, Karen Asatrian,piano, Raphael Preuschl on bass and Reingard Winkler on drums. It was a very inspirational 3 days!

In September there are some good gigs coming up as well!

Oh yeah...and Klaus Ambrosch and I are planning a Duo album to document all the years we played in duo!

Hope to see you at one of my upcoming gigs! Chuck

30.08.2015: The Rivers Call: Review from Americana UK

“The dictionary definition of sublime (which I’m sure you could look up but I will save you the trouble here) is: “inspiring deep veneration, awe, or uplifting emotion because of its beauty, nobility, grandeur, or immensity”. And there you have – this record in a nutshell.”

“An American artist domiciled in Austria, Chuck LeMonds is a new name to Blabber’n'Smoke although The Rivers Call is apparently his ninth album. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, LeMonds has an interesting back history, detailed on his website, which anticipates a dyed in the wool old time feel to his music but instead he inhabits a world where poetry and lyricism marry fluid and supple instrumentation with a light, airy, almost Joni Mitchell feel.”

“This turns out to be a really tasty CD. And considering The Rivers Call is but the latest in a long series of (nine) album releases since 1988, I'm so surprised I've not heard Chuck's music before. It may just be that those earlier albums weren't anything like as good as this latest, I guess, but who'm I to say? Instead, let's go solely on the evidence of The Rivers Call, which presents a sequence of nine songs that both impress at once with their delicate, light touch and yet contain a heady, intimate soulfulness that's equally irresistible.”

“Americana UK: Writers Best Albums of 2013! Music journalist Paul Villers chooses the new album from Chuck LeMonds "The Rivers Call" as his favorite for 2013. "Its simple really. You put the cd in the player. You play the cd. If you’re still playing the cd at the end of the year then it’s a winner. This record is just exquisite. Cerebral and emotional at the same time. Win/win."”

02.07.2015: UK Tour/ Chuck LeMonds & Klaus Ambrosch July 2nd - 13th, 2015

This is our first tour in the UK and it's shaping up quite well.We will be in the UK from July 2nd til July 13th!

Our dates so far are:

July 4th: Todmorden/ Americana Festival

July 5th: Birmingham/ Kitchen Garden Cafe opening for Hannah Aldridge and Band!

July 6th: Leicestershire/Acoustic Club

July 8th: Berwick-Upon Tweed/ Barrels Ale House

July 9th: Dundee/Clarks on Lindsey

July 10th: Gateshead/ The Schooner

31.03.2015: Chuck LeMonds & Klaus Ambrosch Tour in the UK July 2015

I'm really happy to announce that I'll be doing some gigs in the UK the first two weeks of July with an old friend and outstanding electric guitarist Klaus Ambrosch! We've been working together now for about 17 years as a duo and in all other possible formations imaginable!!!

25.02.2015: National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences

Yesterday I received a mail informing me of my acceptance into the Recording Academy as a voting member,which means I can take part in the Grammy Awards process! I'm very pleased about this honor and connection to this community!

29.05.2014: I have many great concerts planned for this summer!

Tonight my series of summer concerts is starting in Obersteiermark Trofaiach in an old castle for a songwriters series called "Tower of Song"! I got a call from the promoter yesterday,that it's almost sold out! That always feels good. In July(03rd,4th,5th,& 6th) I will be playing 4 gigs with a fantastic rhythm section consisting of Reinhardt Winkler on drums and Herfried Knapp on bass! We will play in a trio which has it's challenges and it's pleasures! On July 19th & 20th, I have 2 house concerts with an excellent songwriter from New Foundland, Canada: Ian Foster (

Other concerts are being planned at this time and will be announced. I also have been invited to take part in a music workshop from August 25th to the 28th in Gleisdorf:3 Days of Music. I'll be teaching songwriting and working with an ensemble!

I very much hope to see you at a gig this summer. If you'd like to book a concert or have questions,please contact me at:

Thank, Chuck

11.11.2013: Chuck LeMonds' new album "The Rivers Call" is now available!

Chuck's new album is available as CD and high quality Mp3 at:

16.10.2013: Tour in Germany and the Netherlands in October 2013

Looks like I'll be doing some traveling this fall in Germany and the Netherlands, making some music and meeting old and new friends!

27.09.2013: My new CD "The Rivers Call" is available and will be released on October 15th, 2013

My 9th album is finished and will be released on October 15th,2013 on my new label "Live-In-trees Music"!

It is available as CD,as well as downloads on I-tunes and Amazon! The CD's can be ordered at : or ordered direct at:

13.09.2013: Small tour with Josh Harty and Chuck LeMonds

I'm really happy to announce that I'll be doing some gigs with Josh Harty September 13-22, 2013 in Austria! We met a few years ago when doing a house concert in Madison,Wisconsin when I was releasing my last album! Josh is a great singer/songwriter and guitarist:  have a look!


23.03.2013: Julia Motz' new album is finsihed !

Since last summer,I've been working on Julia Motz' new recording,her first release of a fine collection of her songs! We recorded and mixed it at Live-In-Trees Studios and then mastered it in the Czech Republic at Velvet Mastering. The album "So Close" will be presented on Friday, April 5th in the cafe at the Kunsthaus in Graz at 8pm!For details and to hear a few cuts:

30.10.2011: 3 video's from a session in Wisconsin in August 2011

In August, I was at home and recorded 3 songs at Ivar Lunde's Skyline Studio's in Eau Claire, Wisconsin with two musician friends,a national treasure and blues guitarist Howard Leudtke and Grammy nominated flutist Peter Phippen.We've been working together for 25 years and I've recorded a number of projects with both. Both have also come to Austria to travel and play as part of my tours here in Europe. We filmed our recording session and will be releasing the video's hopefully by the end of this year. The songs will be released only as downloads. I have also been working on a one hour meditation CD with Petra Schaller called "Fliegen". It will be done by Christmas. We will release it on my new label "Live-In-Trees Music".

19.08.2011: I'll be doing a few gigs and a studio session with friends in Wisconsin when I'm back in the US this summer.

It looks like a gig is planned for Friday, August 19th in River Falls, Wisconsin with the Chris Silver Band, as well as a recording session with Grammy nominated producer/flutist Peter Phippen and a musical national treasure, the guitarist Howard Leutdke in a studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

05.12.2010: 3 More DJ's in the Netherlands play songs from "LeMonds"!

In the past few days, we've heard that 3 more DJ's in the Netherlands have been playing songs from "LeMonds"!


Thanks to DJ Paul van Gelder, who has a syndicated radio program, "Life Insurance With The NRA" was played on 5 radio stations!


Many thanks as well to DJ Jos van den Boom who played "Keep It To Ourselves" on his program Crossroads!

and much gratitude to  DJ Michael van Bruggen who played a cut from my previous CD "Mississippi Angel"..a song called "All The Reasons" on his program Landslide!

The first DJ in Holland to pick up a song was Peter van Zeijl at Dollard Radio, where he passed it on to Radio Girl Johanna J. Bodde.... they been playing a few of my songs...thanks so much!

16.11.2010: The new CD "LeMonds" is getting airplay in Holland

The new CD "LeMonds" has found favor, in Holland with the roots DJ's it seems!  It started with DJ Peter van Zeijl on his program Folk en Zo on Dollard Radio in Northern Holland!

A tour in Holland is now in planning for May 2011!


16.11.2010: "LeMonds" is getting airplay in the US, Holland and Australia on folk and roots radio programs!

I'd like to thank all the radio stations internationally that are playing some of my songs! Hope to see you in the coming year!

Out Of The Woods in Concord, New Hampshire with DJ Jon Colcord of WNEC Radio

Back Woods in California with DJ Laurie DesJardins of KVMR Radio----

Saturday Cafe in Eugene, Oregon with Frank Gosar of KLCC Radio -----

Transition Radio in Santa Fe, New Mexico at KBAC-FM 98.1 FM ------

Hootenanny Power in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with Taylor Caffery of WRKF-FM

Grass Roots Revival in Colorado Springs, Colorado with Stephen Harris

Folk and Acoustic  in Miami, Florida with Michael Stock of WLRN Radio ----

Modern Troubadours in Indiana, Pennsylvania with James Rogers of WIUP-FM Radio

Folk and Roots in Melbourne, Australia with Colin Fielding

Radio Girl in Holland with Johanna J. Bodde for Dollard Radio

Folk en Zo in Holland with Peter van Zeijl for Dollard Radio

Chuck LeMonds is working on his 8th CD

Chuck LeMonds is working on his 8th CD01.10.2009:

Chuck LeMonds is working currently on his 8th studio project, which he is recording in the tower of an Austrian castle where he has set up his studio.

It will be recorded partly in Austria and then tracks added in Wisconsin, USA with musicians that Chuck has played and toured with during his 30 year music career: mandolinist and guitarist Chris Silver, singer,cello  and bass player Mary Gaines and her partner violinist, singer, mandolinist, multi-instrumentalist Chris Wagner. For the first time Chuck will be presenting the work of Belarussia born guitarist Arkadiy Yushin. The release is planned for the winter of 2010.