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Great Expectations

As with all ‘great expectations’ things don’t ever really go to plan. The day we pressed the ‘go button’ on the album project, after many months of preparation and scheduling, we discovered that one of our much loved singers had a life threatening disease that required urgent medical attention and, a considerable ‘timeout’. As you well know, in times like these, people, family and friends become, all of a sudden, much more important than making a record.

But after a few days hesitation, and with some mixed feelings, we were soon back on some kind of track and in the studio, plucking strings, tickling the ivories, hitting (perhaps harder than usual) inanimate objects and singing our hearts out… always with an eye on the door, hoping our friend would make a grand entrance and belt out that high C.

As we neared the final days of recording, the album was sounding soooo good… better even than I had first imagined it could be, but on a particular song… the one earmarked for our friend to lead… there just seemed to be missing something.

Now… I know it reads like a Hollywood Movie, but on the actual final day of recording, this beautiful soul turned up at the studio, and pushing through the pain barrier and the effects of the medication… sang the song for us. I am not sure if ‘sang’ is even the right word, for a story was shared that surpassed the lyrics I had once written. The song has a whole new meaning to me now.

We are now mixing the album and finalizing the artwork. In truth we are a bit behind schedule and concerning our budget we will be able to get across that finishing line because of several gracious ‘IOU’s’.

I wish you all could hear the album now… but you’ll have to wait another week or so… as it in parts like a dissembled engine, waiting for the master mechanic to put it all together.

Many thanks for sharing this journey with us,

Cheers,

Chris

In The Studio

Dear friends, my apologies for the tardy correspondence. We have been working hard in the Honky Abby studio these past two weeks (I have the tan to prove it) .

We have tracked most of the instrumental parts and starting tomorrow, Linda McCrary and the gang begin to lay down the smokin’ gospel background vocals. I can’t wait.

We probably have about two and a half weeks of recording and editing before we go into the mix mode of the process.

In a few days I will send out a video and some additional information for all those who have generously volunteered to sing in our world wide gospel choir. There’s still time to sign up for this… just go to our website and click on the “Sing on Our Album” button.

Thanks again for continuing to blow the wind into our sails. We are moving forward and gathering pace…

Cheers,

Chris

P.S. The video above is of David Raven laying down the drums on “River Child” and new song of ours about Redemption and identity… in the style of Robbie Robertson… this is a very rough mix with final vocals to come.

 

Singing in the Solstice

We were on tour in the UK and were booked to play pubs, Churches and a few night clubs, including the famed Cavern, the birth place of the Beatles.

The most interesting gig was to be at a new age festival, that for some reason, a local promoter had considered a perfect fit for our ‘psychedelic jamming music’.

Lets just say that when the organizers of the festival event, catering to folk from the Wicca religion and various other esoteric tribes, realized that we were a gospel blues band traveling round the country singing about our Jesus experiences, they tried to kick us off the festival bill.

But after a discussion about contracts and integrity and shared musical tastes, we were given permission to play two songs as the opening act… during the late afternoon before too many of the new age patrons arrived.

On the afternoon of the event we walked up to the festival stage with our guitars, amps, drums and B3, and to say that we were unwanted would have been an understatement. The tech crew, the musicians in the other bands and the festival helpers all kept there distance.  There was even a rumor floating round that we had actually helped burn witches at the stake.

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