Immediate download of 8-track album in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited mobile access using the free Bandcamp listening app.
Eco Jacket of Better Man or Ghost with CD and four-panel insert.
Includes immediate download of 8-track album in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited mobile access using the free Bandcamp listening app.
In early 2012 I inquired about a Craigslist ad selling recording gear. While emailing back and forth about the item, the owner decided to check out my Soundcloud page which was displayed in my email signature. Thats' the beginning.
I decide that while I'm this far from home, I should be playing music and start playing an open mic at a bar in Chesapeake. I hike my guitar up higher than most people - folks laugh at that. I meet Mark who tells me he's "not a great talker, but a good engineer." I listen to his work and call him. Still the beginning.
Fast forward a few months, it's now May of 2012 and spring both looks and smells mighty fine within the state of Virginia (it's no Nebraska but it will do). A local songwriter's gathering is in search of a final writer to complete their songwriter showcase; a small group putting on house shows. I am on a plane home from The Good Life when the owner of the recording gear I mentioned in the first paragraph tells me he dropped my name to the songwriter's group. I get invited to play. I accept. We're slowly transitioning out of the beginning.
At the show I meet such a concentration of talent that I think I may be in a dream world of sorts. I meet drummers, bassists, vocalists, and other songwriters. I had lived in Virginia for years and had never stumbled upon a group of writers so well-developed in their craft. I tell a few of them I'm trying to put out a record and they say they can help if I need it. I need it.
Many of the people I met on that evening are on this album; they play drums, guitars, bass, and sing. They are wonderful people with more talent than I can comprehend most days. They made these songs sound how I always thought they could - more than just me and my guitar.
I know this seems like a long, drawn-out explanation of one small time in my life, but the random occurrences that came from one Craigslist ad still make me smile even now that I consider everyone mentioned in this section a good friend.
This album is every bit as much theirs as it is mine. It represents an incredible time of growth in my life and I cannot thank Virginia enough for the friends, the memories, and all the things I am still very much looking forward to accomplishing. Establishing a musical identity in this age is tough, but I do think that these people are helping me establish mine.
released 08 March 2013
Mixed by Mark Padgett
Produced by Mark Padgett and Logan Vath
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