5/14/08

And now...

Okay...the record is done. Wow.

Almost a year ago I started work on a new record. My plan was to do everything myself as I had on the EP. I didn't really want to do it that way...I just didn't see many options. After a month or so of writing and recording, I was not excited by the results. I got anxious...it felt very important to me to improve upon my last effort and I wasn't quite hitting the mark. I decided to ask around a bit and see if I could find someone to come on board and produce the record. Zac Rae offered his services and I said 'yes, please'.

Zac has a great studio in Burbank, CA. The plan was to work there whenever he had a break from the rest of his busy schedule. I decided that it would make more sense to just move to LA than to travel back and forth for months and months. I moved.

Zac put together a band to play on the record. I was a little hesitant at first; I wasn't sure that slick LA session players would get the right feeling across. Zac said 'they're great'. Man...they really are. Blair Sinta and Sean Hurley (drums and bass, respectively) came in for two days and recorded all of their parts. 11 songs, two days. They hadn't ever heard the songs before. They really, really sounded great. David Immergluck came in for one day and played pedal steel, mandolin and dobro on half of the record. Excellent. Mike Farrell came for an afternoon and played accordion on a couple of tunes. Nice. Alexis Stevens sang on two of the songs and sounded great.

Then Zac and I went to work, chipping away at the record here and there over the course of the next few months. All in all, I'd say the album took 21 days, give or take a few, to record.

It was great...Zac worked extremely hard and kept his eye on the ball the whole time. He's a pro.

The result is 'Ten Cent Souvenir'. I am very happy with it...I've heard it over and over again and it still holds up. I wouldn't change much at all.

So, I'll start the process of getting the word out. I'll play shows, send it off for reviews, try to get it on the radio, etc. Hopefully it will find its way to the surface somewhere, somehow. We'll see!

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