Well, after what seems like a lifetime of waiting, the CD,
'Blood From A Stone' is mastered, printed and in my hands. I'm pretty happy with the final result.
I feel I would be remiss if I didn't give shout out to local sound engineer and magician, David Farrel for his mastering wizardry and calm, Yoda-like presence & endless knowledge.
He was originally recommended by another ex-local music luminary, Mark Bingham, of the former Piety Street Studios.
I was not sent astray.
A brief look at David's collection of gold records and Grammy awards dissolved any doubts that may have been building. Once we sat down to work, it was an effortless road of discovery, getting the best sound possible from the format at hand. Somehow, the chore became a very pleasurable experience.
I would also like to thank my friends in the local music ranks who came by to contribute some appearances, making this recording a much better listening experience, and taking the time to see my vision of where it was going, adding their talents along the way.
Dave Easley - pedal steel guitar
Tom Chute - drums
Keith Hajjar - drums
Ratty Scurvics - Drums
Francene Machetto - backing vocals and bass guitar
Irene Sage - backing vocals
Katy & Shanece - backing vocals
Tommy Giblin - harmonica
Hubie Vigreux - chimes
The digital download & music sampler are here:
This recording was done at the Skull Club, in downtown New Orleans, without the input of any label, producer or outside entity. The idea was to create an homage to rock & roll, rock, blues and ballads, even a sort of sea-shanty, in a personal way. It was my intention to create for, and share with, listeners directly. I hope this offers some small glimpse into those various styles.
Finally, I am often told how much music fans miss 'the old stuff', made during that heady time when songs stood on their own, as they do now, but the collection of them also worked in it's entirety.
I would ask that one take 45 minutes out of their busy day and join me on this trip through imagination & song.
I look forward to hearing feedback from any & all of you.