It’s amazing to find myself putting out a retrospective record. I’ve been a professional musician for twenty-two years, though, so I guess it’s time! Over those couple decades I’ve put out ten records, and the eleventh, coming out now, is a look back across my years of making music. I considered calling it “Greatest Hits,” but then it would have been blank, so we went with “Best Of”. If you’re ready to pre-order it for delivery in early November, or download it immediately, click here. If you want to hear more about it first, read on…
The CD includes fourteen tracks, including three older songs I have re-recorded with some lovely guest artists; Grey Eagle features Josh Goforth on mandolin, Song for You has a contribution from national hammered dulcimer champion Joshua Messick, and Chris Rosser plays piano on a new version of We Are Each Other’s Angels. On the one song I haven’t recorded before, legendary drummer Bill Berg, who played on Bob Dylan’s album Blood On The Tracks, sits in on a newly recorded version of Traveling Shoes (Death Come a-Knocking), recorded live at the White Horse Black Mountain.
I’ve been working with some great designers at Kudzu to create the CD package as well, which includes notes about each song, some great pictures of me as a very young musician and this poster, which is roughly 10 x 18″. CD packaging has come a long way in recent years, and this one will be printed on recycled paper with a plastic tray made entirely of recycled soft drink bottles.
The cover art is by artist Scott Neely, who doodled this guitar drawing while actually sitting at a concert of mine, listening to me play my instrumental song Shadows. This poster (roughly 10″ x 18″) is also included in the CD.
Here is the track list:
1 – Water
2 – Grey Eagle
3 – Crawl Inside
4 – Lens Cap
5 – We Are Each Other’s Angels (Chuck Brodsky)
6 – Hope
7 – Peter
8- Hard Earned Smile
9 – Butler Street
10 – Shadows
11 – Dark and Deep
12 – Deadline
13 – Travelin’ Shoes (traditional)
14 – Song For You
Thanks for listening all these years. I couldn’t be more grateful.