LAST UPDATED: January 30th, 2020
I have begun 2 new projects with the start of the new year. The first project on my radar is the writing and recording of a follow up CD to my last two recent releases from October 2019, "The Hard Road" and "Hindsight". The tentative title for the new CD is "Playing To An Audience Of None".
Back in 1984, when I purchased my first multi-track recorder (A Fostex X-15 four track analog job), the very first project I did was a private cassette release (20 copies only) and IT was titled "Playing To An Audience Of None" as well. It was never officially released due to the less-than-stellar recording quality, (not to mention the less-than-stellar performances by yours truly). By releasing THIS new project officially under the same title, it brings things full circle, so to speak, even though none of the tracks on the original cassette release will be featured on this new OFFICIAL release.
The writing of new material and the harvesting of some of my older, unreleased material, as well as the recording of the first two tracks for the project, is already well in the works. I will make every effort to have the new CD recorded and targeted for an early summer 2020 release date.
I will shortly be releasing a single from the new CD. The single in question is titled "Happiness Is In My Life". Look for an advance "working" copy of the new single to pop up on Facebook within the next several days.
In addition to the solo project, I am also collaborating at this time with another solo artist (who will remain anonymous for the time being) on a possible joint project, which COULD spawn a joint release, hopefully by year's end. Since we both write our own material and both have our own unique styles and takes on those songs from other artists that we choose to cover, I am hopeful that these joint sessions we are working on at this time will produce some great sounds that we both can share with the world. Time will tell, but I am open to the releasing of a CD as a duo as a result. If that's not in the cards, I'm certain that at the very least, we can sit in on one another's sessions and further one another's current recording endeavors. It goes without saying that I have the utmost respect for this individual, who is a longtime fixture on the St. Louis, MO music scene. Stay tuned!!!
And as always, in closing, thanks to all of those who take the time out to listen. With all of the stellar artists out there from which to choose from, I am eternally grateful that you have given my material your support. And thanks go out ESPECIALLY to those who take the time out of their busy schedules to listen and then PURCHASE. I just could not continue living my dream without YOUR support. I will ALWAYS continue to compose and record, but I just could not continue to self-finance my releases without your support. It is truly a disadvantage to remain an unsigned artist. THANKS AGAIN TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!!!
FROM OCTOBER 27, 2019:
I'm pleased to announce that I have just released three albums simultaneously and that all three of the releases, "Shades Of Blue" (a re-release from 2017), "Hindsight" (a 17 track compilation album containing the best tracks from the 2006 - 2016 time frame), and the newest offering, "The Hard Road", have gone live on several platforms as of 10-23-19.
The "Hard Road" CD features 12 new tracks, all of which are original compositions, which is a first for me personally, being as past releases have generally followed the formula of 1 cover song per every 2 original compositions. This time out, I am standing on my own composing chops with no cover versions to lean on, and although I have ALWAYS been my own worst critic, I'm really very pleased with the results. I think "The Hard Road" is my best effort to date. At least three of the "new" tracks are some of my earliest compositions, dating back to the 1968 - 1970 time period. The title track, also titled "The Hard Road", was written in July 2019 in honor of my parents.
In addition to the upcoming "Hard Road" release, I have ALREADY begun work on the next project, tentatively and aptly titled "Playing To An Audience Of None". I had enough tracks left over in the can from the "Hard Road" sessions to warrant working on the new project. This new CD will also feature some session work from an old high school friend, Kevin "Basil" Carmody, who has contributed in several ways on past releases, ranging from verbal input (making suggestions) to guitar work and keyboard work (past releases) to co-composing ("All Systems Go", from the "Shades Of Blue" CD). As always, Kevin has been indispensable throughout. In addition, the new untitled CD will feature some session work from a friend, Dale Bayer.
Regarding my past releases...
Earlier this year, after almost 8 years of availability, all 4 of my prior releases, "Retrospective", "Fresh Tracks", "Living By The Numbers" and "Shades Of Blue" all went out of print, but as mentioned above, the "Shades Of Blue" CD is once again available through the re-release. All tracks from the other prior releases, however, are still available on an ala carte basis at this website, so they are STILL available as downloads. In addition, for those who may still be interested in obtaining physical copies of those earlier out-of-print releases, they are available here at this website. All you need do is contact me and I will have them made available through Amazon on an "On Demand" basis.
The "Shades Of Blue" re-release and the new album, "The Hard Road" were timed to coincide with yet ANOTHER new release that was also submitted at the same time, a compilation CD titled "Hindsight". As mentioned earlier, the "Hindsight" release will be the equivalent of a double album release, and features 17 tracks from the now out-of-print releases ("Retrospective", Fresh Tracks", and "Living By The Numbers").
In closing, I wish to thank each and every one of those who take the time out from their busy schedules to listen to my warblings. I am eternally grateful to each and every one of you who does so.