Photography: Monica McGivern
Design: Jacob Kaplan
Camp Thunderbee Records
Silence of Sleep:
Deric Dickens, Dan Bonebrake and I tracked this over at Elegbaland with Marc Ward in January 2008. I recut the vocals sometime in 2012 while living in Abingdon, VA. Mixed here in Hitsville, Fla in 2015. It took a while to unwind. My favorite things on this track are Deric's absolutely masterful rendering and Dan Bonebrake's dancing bass line working as one. Some of my favorite playing from both of those guys. For those of you that recognize Deric's name, he also played the drums on the 7" I released with 24 Hour Service Station. And he is a phenomenal jazz drummer...check out his site www.dericdickens.com
This is a love letter to my buddy Jeff Snow: "My friend had a kick, snare, tom, cymbals, and van". There were many vans over the years and he was always the one that owned the van as his personal vehicle and kept us out on the road. And really, Jeff's parents too, who were tireless supporters of us as we started out on our trip through America. Jeff's first van in fact was a hand me down from John and Claudette. It's a thankless thing to be the guy in the band who owns the touring van that doubles as your own personal transportation when you aren't touring. I guess this song is my way to say "Thanks, Jeff. Would've never seen all the places we've been without you."
Started demoing this one on piano in 2007 at Elegbaland with my man Marc Ward. In 2009, I picked it back up with Jeff adding drums (again at E-Land). It stayed just drums and piano for a long time. Somewhere along the line, I ditched the piano.
Last week the song finally started to feel finished. I added some keyboard parts with Val's direction using my Alesis Micron for the fake brass/flugelhorn. Susan Snow added the violins you hear. The dabs of harmonica were added during mixdown, though mostly they sound like add'l violins.
When we decided to "tour" we didn't know it would turn into almost 2 decades of making music and living on the road. To quote Robert Hunter, "What a long, strange trip..."