|Lonely In America|
(Released January 2012)
As a songwriter and oft producer of my own recordings, the challenge for me has always been to get the kind of energy out of a studio performance that I seem to be able to muster live. To that end, I once again tried a few new ideas this time around. Concentrating on my own performance first, I tried to capture a raw vocal and acoustic guitar track when I was ‘in the groove’ [read: in the mood, in the zone, not too buzzed, had the money or was in close proximity to a friend’s studio...]. As a result, these songs were cut in five different locations and studios, [The Clubhouse - Rhinebeck, NY, Analog Audio Farm - Brockville, ON, 3 Bays Studios - Red Hook, NY, Signal Path Studios - Almonte, ON and The Isokon - Woodstock, NY] between May and October, 2011.
I then brought in the musicians and in some cases performed with them, in others had them play to my pre-recorded basic tracks, always with the intention of keeping that initial performance in the forefront and staying true to what each song seemed to require, rather than to an overall concept of the album’s sound – in other words, ‘song first’.
Song Titles (Click song title for lyrics):