At long last, Ehren Ebbage and I have finished with the tracking for the new album.
Ebbage is off to L.A. to do the mixing. Release is scheduled for the Winter. But soon, I’ll be trickling out a handful of samples as they become presentable, offering a free download or two.
As the 12-week surge of adrenaline recedes slowly from my veins, I get back to the more even pace of rehearsal, booking, promotion, and gigging. Not to mention the CD artwork and publicity. (I’m excited to begin working with Green Light Go, a company of robust stature.)
At the outset of this recording, I confess I was in no condition to make an album. On the heels of a dry spell, re-entering civilization from Yellowstone life, and fighting off a medical issue, I had trouble slipping into my imagination and flowing with ideas. But Ebbage, producer extraordinaire with a great bedside manner, convinced me that there were a dozen gems amongst my latest 31-song batch, then he hauled my ass up to Crossroads Productions
From there, we kept moving forward until the damn fine thing was done. And I feel certain that it’s going to be the best so far the Shipester.
Ebbage and the musicians below, I thank deeply; for they are truly responsible, not just for this album, but for getting me through tough personal times:
Sean Peterson (bass)
Kevin Powell (drums)
Mike Walker (organ, piano, accordion)
Al Toribio (guitar)
Alice Blankenship (violin)
Amy Danziger (cello)
Tim McLaughlin (trumpet)
Johnny Clay (vocals)
And the Feel Good Singers: Mike Last, Jerry-Groove Abelin & Brendan McCloud
Most of all, my lovely & talented wife Amy Wray, who always steps up when it counts–photographer, actress, and occasional feel-good singer.