I am so excited about my new album. I am determined to reveal who I am through this record, as much for my benefit as for anyone else’s. I’m not going to edit myself to please others – I’m going to let my instincts rule this record. Chord progressions, treatments, production values – MINE! :-) You see, this is a journey to discover who I am as 2017 ripens.
Some of the songs are southern soul, some straight up rock, some are bluegrass. This might result in a kind of uneven record – I can’t help it – that’s whats been written through me and I shan’t edit my selections based on genre. I made the decision to put a solid investment in my drummer, Dwayne Nitz. If you have good drums, then you really have something to build on. If you cheap out on your drummer, you might have recurring problems trying to deal with weak spots on the track. I’ve put two soul tunes into the capable hands of Jon Carroll. He says they’re right over his plate! Then Im looking to have Jack Gregori sing one of the songs, a rueful, languid tune I’d like delivered in his rich bass. I brought in my pal Buddy Dunlap to race away on his flat top and fiddle for the more bluegrassy tunes and man, those songs kick! I explored a young guitar player, Ian Ferguson, for Cool Water but he’s not there yet. I think I’ll turn to the inimitable Gary Ferguson to give me the telecaster I require. So you can see I’ve been giving this a lot of thought!