Back In The Saddle and In From
Just got in from the cold. 20
days of touring with the NGDB in western Canada. A few
snowstorms, one tour bus breakdown and two outdoor shows in 40
degree temperatures just east of Vancouver will do that to you. The
promoter was taking that global warming stuff too seriously I
think. The crowds in western Canada are always so enthusiastic
and appreciative. They seem to know what a schlep it is to get up
there and travel around to play music for them. We did a few new
tunes from the new CD "Speed Of Life" in the shows.
It's always such a blast doing new material.
Had the pleasure of playing some
shows last year with friends Poco, Firefall and Chris Hilman's
Dessert Rose Band. Festivals are always a great way to catch up
with old musical cohorts and get a chance to jam at the end of
the sets. To check the tour schedule visit NittyGritty.com. Hope
to see you out on the road this year.
Just finished up recording a new
CD with the Dirt guys. Soon to be released "Speed of
Life" was recorded over the last year in Nashville at George
Massenberg's "Room Without Walls" in the Blackbird
Studio Complex. George, who we have always wanted
the chance to work with, engineered and produced along with our
buddy Jon Randall. George's
credits and awards for records he's done (Linda Ronstadt, Lyle
Lovett, Little Feat, etc) and sound recording and
software design is too long to list here. I encourage you to
Google him and the Studio and check it out. Jon is a Grammy
Award winning songwriter, recording artist and a great picker and
singer (Earl Scruggs, Emmylou Harris bands) and sat in with us on
some of the tracks. How lucky am I to work with these folks?
We tried to flesh out the
sessions and record as much as the music as we could live,
including the lead vocals.
More details soon on the NGDB web
I got a chance during the process
to get back in touch and write with my old partner Tom Kell as
well as long time co-writer Jeff Hanna and new co-writers John
McEuen and Phil Soussan. Each has his own style, in this case
folk, country, bluegrass and rock (Phil wrote and played with
Ozzie). This kept the song writing process challenging at times but
contributed to the uniqueness of the songs and the satisfaction
of being able to blend the genres into a finished piece of music.
It's always a mystery as to what songs will come
together just right in the studio and then fit into the fabric of
the CD. You just have to write as much as you can and then see
which songs catch the ear of the band and producers.