Update from the studio w/ the Backroads

Throughout the last several months we’ve been excitedly working on this next record. As one might expect, this new material has a slightly different vibe than the last record. I’ve been lucky enough to be playing alongside my backing band The Backroads (Randy Neal on pedal steel, Mark Bateman on drums, and Ryan FitzSimmon on bass) over the last year or 2. So this record will have a much more “live band” feel than my Art of Not Knowing album from 2009. We’ve also had a few guests (including myself on Fender bass and Ukelele bass) such as Forrest Guiberson on upright bass, and Kate Lynne Logan on harmony vocals.

The basic tracks were recorded with Mell Detmer on 2″ tape at her killer studio just down the street from mine. I’ve been engineering overdubs at the studio I work at down in Sumner, with some much appreciated additional engineering from studio owner Pierre Ferguson.

Thanks for the continued support over the years at shows and for everyone who bought the last record. If you haven’t gotten your hard copy or mp3′s, now is a great time so we can continue the progress on this next one. Stay tuned!

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Happy Birthday to legendary American songwriter John Prine

John Prine has influenced some of the best songwriters in the world. Many of those songwriters are in Seattle. This October 10th will be Prine’s 66th birthday. Come put a few back with us at the Sunset Tavern in Ballard while local artists cover some of Prine’s best work. 5 of these 7 acts will be backed by Norman Baker & the Backroads with the sweet rhythm section of Baker on bass, and Mark Bateman on drums. Randy Neal plays pedal steel for the Backroads and will be performing his own set in addition to joining all the other acts.



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