About My Music
It has always been my dream to make a great record. I had no idea how I would achieve this goal, but once I clearly decided it would be done, crazy stuff started happening and eventually it fell into place.
The initial recording took place at "Icehouse Studio" in Andover, MA. My engineer friend Will Hunt and me gathered up the best musicians in town, ordered four 4 reels of 2-inch tape, and we all played live!
The musicians featured are David Brown who has done extensive work with Billy Joel, playing guitars and dobro. Wolf Ginandes plays the bass. Tom Hambridge, who works quite a bit with Buddy Guy and Susan Tedeschi, is on drums. I am playing guitar and singing. I am the only song writer.
A second "phase" of this project unfolded when I went to Nashville, where I had lived from 1991 to 2002. Through a series of serendipitous events during that visit, I got connected with Chad Hailey, who had just finished working with Neil Young on "Prairie Wind."
I went back to Nashville and worked with Chad at Masterlink, one of the major, world-renowned recording studios there. (Sadly, closed in 2010)
After mixing 8 of the songs, (and falling in love with the studio), Chad offered to set up a recording session there for me. Thus, I was able to add 4 more of my songs, recording live with Karl Himmel (Neil's drummer) and David Santos on bass, who is most known for his work with Elton John. Later we brought in cellist John Catchings, (on "War is Blind"), and we even got the infamous Charlie McCoy to play harmonicas.
We finished up the last phases of the project at Sound Emporium in Nashville. Later, Glenn Meadows of Mayfield Mastering who worked on Shania Twain's "Come On Over", added his genius mastering touches.
Here is a list of songs and who played:
Addicted, Turn This Train Around, No Regrets, Another Place, I Feel You, Something, and Why Now were recorded with Dave Brown, Wolf Ginandes and Tom Hambridge and engineered by Will Hunt.
Marla, New World, Shine On, and War is Blind were recorded with Karl Himmel, David Santos, John Catchings(on" War Is Blind") and Charlie McCoy.
I Will Be There: With literally minutes to go before we had to finalize the recording and get out of the studio, I told Chad I wanted to get on the piano and do this. It is a first take. Neil was passing through town and was just down the street having dinner while we were recording. We missed the call to join them. I have had to convince myself that getting this song recorded was more important than having dinner with Neil Young…