Alternate Root ranks "ONWARD" in their TOP 25 Albums of the year: "Nineteen year old singer and songwriter Christian Lopez scribes his debut, Onward, with a narratives wise beyond his years."
Put any preconceptions on the shelf and it’s easy to see that Christian Lopez has a rich career ahead of him. It’s a concept he alludes to in the disc’s forward looking title and proves on every song of this impressive first effort.
For those disillusioned by the glossy, overproduced sheen that’s lacquered on so many mainstream country records, Christian Lopez Band’s Onward will be a much-needed respite from the pop-country deluge. While Lopez and his band do write crisply produced tunes full of great hooks, there’s never the sense that he’s glossing anything over, but rather refining what are some supremely catchy tunes.
There's something special about teen-aged artists who gravitate toward roots music because you know they aren't in it for the fame or fortune. Instead, they come to the traditional forms for the music itself. It speaks to them and through them, reaching a new generation with their re-telling. Sarah Jarosz and Parker Millsap are two perfect examples of that forward motion. With his upcoming release, Christian Lopez is ready to join their ranks.