Just So Songs Ready to Rock the Indie World
It took me a while to put this one together, but Just So Songs (scheduled for release in October) is the followup to 2021’s Sugar Sweet. This one is special, with guest appearances from Lou “Coyote” Castro on occassional guitar, bass and backup vocals, and Steve Hodak adding some tasty guitar licks on “The Pain She Gives.”
Why the title? I don’t know. Why not? One of my son’s favorite books when growing up was Rudyark Kiplings “Just So Stories.” They were a wonderful collection of whimsy and imagination, explaining the world through a child’s adventurous eye. For me, each one of these songs brings a different texture or feel. Of course, they’ll be some fun Brit or Power Pop you’ve come to expect, but perhaps a few surprises here and there.
Sugar Sweet is Coming!
The fourth solo studio (bedroom) release is about to drop on most online music distribution sites. The collection represents the most recent compositions, including “True,” “Sugar Sweet” and “Everything Rolled Up in One.”
The Live Band
Over the past few months, I have been working with a small group of core musicians to help me realize my next album and play live shows. They are all phenominal musicians and I want to personally thank them. So, let me introduce you to the group.
Brian St. Aubin
Brian is a tasteful guitarist who always seems to find the perfect sound for each song. His axe of choice is a Fender (Tele and Strat), but you’ll also find some acoustic tracks or licks of his on the next album. You’ll also hear his harmonies on a few tracks. In short, he’s what the other students call a “righteous dude.” (If you get that reference you’re as old as I am).
He is a talented singer/songwriter. Listen to his compositions and recordings on soundcloud.
Bill has been instrumental and a key part of my live performances for over a year now. He plays, well, a lot of instruments. I usually call on his bass skills. I swear he tells a story about being able to play along even after falling asleep during a show. And I almost believe him. He is always steady and dependable.
He is also a talented and witty singer/songwriter. I’ll post a link soon.
One of the best bassists I’ve come across. He has spent years as a pro session player in New York and has toured with international acts. On this next release, his bass shines on both “Sweet Emily” and “She Doesn’t Know.”
I used to make a standard joke, when people ask what instrument I play on my recordings, of just saying “I don’t percuss.” And I don’t. But I have gotten better at programming drums. But truth be told…I hate them. Rich is the only human drummer I’ve worked with in a long time. He is rock solid with a keen sense of letting the song shine. And while he doesn’t actually play on the next album, don’t believe for a second that I didn’t do my best to take some of our live recordings and copy his patterns.
His arms must be tired. He also plays with Day Tripper (a super cool Beatles cover band I’d love to jam with), BroadBand and Brenda and the Boys.
Okay, these aren’t final. But I’m hoping to have a video for each track off next release. The videos below give you a preview of things to come.