OUR FIRST RECORD: Its actually a concept album...
Our debut self titled album is actually a linear story from start to
finish. A connective plot thread holds each song together, telling the
story of a man who's bad luck finds him eventually executing a bank
robbery and on the run from the law.
Song one, "Die A Happy Man" begins the story with our unlikely hero
pining for the love of a woman whom he feels will make his life
complete. After a rocky romance he asks her to stand by his side, but
eventually she "Runs Away" and he is left analyzing what went wrong.
Plagued by insomnia and his own heartache the man eventually decides
he's had enough when he loses his job due to bad luck and car trouble,
and he makes the choice to rob a bank. Once he does he quickly realizes
it doesn't help his heartache but instead only causes him more trouble
and pain. His "Restless Soul" eventually decides "Even If I Fail" I
shall take a risk and start over to find happiness in Mexico. After one
last failed attempt to drink away his heartache in "Tipped Over My Jug",
he finally makes a run for Mexico, but not before unexpectedly needing
some help to make his final escape as described in the last song on the
album called "Note To The Bartender".
The first TWO albums have a guest artist!
T Johnson performs the keyboard riff on "Come Midnight", "Sweet Mother
Oregon" and "Painted Heart". He wrote and recorded his piece on these
songs after the recording was completed.
recorded our self-titled album with vintage old school analog gear,
live in the same room, and on 1/2" reel to reel tape. We chose this
method in an attempt to recreate the feeling and sound of all our
favorite classic rock records we each grew up on.
The rock records that came out in the 70s had an amazing sound. Thick,
creamy, amazing bass, and an unparalleled drum sound. When things began
to go digital, rock & roll lost a lot of that crucial sound.
While digital is forgiving, analog is not. You have to keep recording
until you get the best take. No tricks in editing will save you, because
analog reel to reel is 100% honest. You don't get 2 hours to nail a
solo. You have to nail it live, and that challenge appealed to us. We
found an amazing and talented recording engineer Mark T. Johnson of Bluejay Productions
who was able to find the vintage gear we needed and who had the right
ear for what we were trying to re-create. The music was recorded in
three days under the guidance of Mark and the advice of local musician
and legend Sandy Ficca of Firefall fame. The album was recorded in
winter of 2012 and was released early the following year.