Becket-based singer-songwriter Randy Cormier is ready to launch his solo career to the next level.
Tonight at 6, he will host a CD release party at Sullivan Station Restaurant in Lee for his first solo country album, "The Simple Life," recorded in Nashville.
Cormier is a Berkshire music scene veteran who also travels some seven months out of the year to play various gigs. Many know him as a guitarist and vocalist from the country rock band Whiskey City. He's also played with another rock band, Xavier, which he co-founded with Abe Guthrie, another Berkshire native and veteran.
Tonight's event will be an evening of music and storytelling as Cormier's joined onstage by his longtime friends and fellow musicians, Abe Guthrie, Dan Teichert, Darren Todd and Pat Muraca.
"The Simple Life" is the title track and theme of the new album, and also a code Cormier says he's chosen to live by. He says he's teaching his children about pursuing such a lifestyle by living his dream of "traveling, playing shows and experiencing first hand all of the amazing landscape of this great country!"
In the past year alone, in addition to the New England states, he's performed in Nashville, New Mexico; Austin, Texas; Fort Myers and Cape Coral, Fla., and will be getting ready to head to Asheville, N.Y., later this month.
Asked in an interview about the difference between this recording and his previous work, Cormier said, "It's a bit more personal. I wrote about the road, experiences and personal life. I did record a couple songs that I wrote while in Whiskey City as well."
The musician began writing the songs for "The Simple Life" while home in the Berkshires last year. He also launched backed in the spring an indiegogo.com campaign to garner financial support for the 10-song album. Eight of the songs were recorded with a modern country-rock band in Nashville's Beaird Studios. The last two "bonus" tracks were recorded at Brian Benlien's home studio in Dalton.
Cormier said he plans to continue to split his time working on music and touring, and is happy with reaching his goal of now having something tangible he can share with fans at all the shows he plays.
Asked what compels him to continue traveling as a singer-songwriter, he said, "I love it! I enjoy the creation of songs and then making them work in front of an audience. [My lifestyle] also lets me do that anywhere in the country. I can always count on music to bring me an income no matter where I am."
For now, Cormier said he's eager to have one night in the Berkshires to share his experiences and his new work with family and friends.
"I've done other albums but they have always been with one of my groups. This is my first real solo album and it was done in Nashville where the best musicians in the world are there to back you up on your tracks," he said. "I believe it shows up in the album just how good these session musicians are that played the music that I wrote. I always try to listen to one of my projects as a person listening for the first time and not knowing who or what the music is about and I truly believe this album is good!"
If you go ..
What: CD release party and concert for Randy Cormier's debut solo album, "The Simple Life." This performance will include musical guests Abe Guthrie, Dan Teichert, Darren Todd and Pat Muraca.
When: 6 p.m. Thursday
Where: Sullivan Station Restaurant, Lee.
Tickets: $35 for dinner and a show; $10 for the show and appetizers, standing room only.