Sidewalk Chalk



release date June 2, 2017


All songs written by Sidewalk Chalk, except: 
Bloom Again written by Sidewalk Chalk Lili K
How written by Sidewalk Chalk Chris Turner

Produced by Robert “Sput” Searight

Recorded by Jeremy Deaton & Rick Carson at Make Believe Studios
Additional recording by Ty Caughell at VSOP Studios & Danny Harris at Earhole Studios
Mixed & mastered by Rick Carson at Make Believe Studios, except: 
A Suite For Black Lives” mixed by Nic Hard at Atlantic Sound Studios
Assisted by Connor Murray

Maggie Vagle - vocals
Rico Sisney - vocals
Charlie Coffeen - keyboards
Josh Rosen - bass
Xavier Breaker - drums
David Ben-Porat - trombone
Sam Trump - trumpet

Additional musicians
Robert “Sput” Searight - drums, percussion, keyboards
Zachary Hurst - harp
Anders Nordstrom - guitar
Lil Chaz Holloway - guitar
Veronica Houston - vocals

String Arrangements by Geoff Stradling

About sidewalk chalk

Sidewalk Chalk continues to lead the contemporary evolution of hip-hop, soul, and jazz. The band’s third album, Shoulder Season, is compiled from seven live performances across the US. Its title signifies transition, a time in between two places, a feeling of expectation for what is to come. Sidewalk Chalk’s roots are firmly planted in Chicago where all eight members bring their respective talents together to update a sound first heralded in the Native Tongues era but never so musically diverse. The group’s unique arrangement allows them to incorporate numerous styles seamlessly: an MC and female vocalist; a trio of keys, bass, and drums; a horn section with trombone and trumpet; and a tap-dancer.

Following their sophomore album, Leaves, and their debut release, Corner Store, this new album finds the group venturing into more cerebral musical space, accompanying songs about the duality of our lives and our world. The essence of each performance is captured, with electric and energetic crowds playing as much of a role on the album as the band itself.

The group has shared stages with ?uestlove, De La Soul, Action Bronson, Jean Grae, Hiatus Kaiyote and other notables. Individually, band members have acted as musical director(s) for Brother Ali, toured with Jazzanova and played behind Buddy Guy and Talib Kweli. Sidewalk Chalk was named "Most Outstanding Group" at the 2012 Chicago Music Awards, and its MC represented Chicago at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China.

Sidewalk Chalk is:

Rico Sisney (MC), Maggie Vagle (Vocals), Charlie Coffeen (Keys), Garrett McGinn (Bass), Tyler Berg (Drums), Jumaane Taylor (Taps), Sam Trump (Trumpet), and David Ben-Porat (Trombone).


release date: february 3, 2015