Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Free Download: 'It's So Easy'

Here's a brand new song...'It's So Easy.'

Sometimes it's fun to go a little over the top, production wise.  Which is exactly what I did here.  It started sounding like a an R&B song, so why not take it all the way there?  That's my boy Matty Alger playing the drums.  Matty is like that comfortable sweater you put on on a cool day...it just fits perfectly.  He shares my rhythmic sensibilities and just knows how to play my music.  Mark Rudin added his trumpet to my trombones all the way from Mexico...and the rest of the track is just me having fun!

I found that this particular track sounds great turned up loud with the windows down on a beautiful SoCal Day driving through the canyons!

Download it for free below and please pass it on

Monday, May 20, 2013

I Won't Back Down...Stanfordizing a Petty classic

You know when you hear a great song and its power hits all at once?

I'm a big Tom Petty fan, and  I've always loved his song 'I Won't Back Down'.... I heard it on the radio while I was driving right before Rivie was born, and the simple message of the song really resonated with me deeply at that moment as I faced so many unknowns.

I started working out this arrangement on my acoustic guitar plugged into my little fender amp and would play it over and over on the guitar for River as he sat in his little chair watching my fingers go and making funny faces as the delay effect bounced around.  I fell further in love with the song each time I played it and tried to make it my own.   Download it if you like, and please pass it on!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

New Album: Update 1

After an incredibly productive week and half in the studio with the awesome Shane Smith, I'm back in my home studio, ironing out some vocal tracks with my 2 month old boy River taking a snooze here with me.  He's already feeling pretty comfortable in the studio, is way cuter, and smells much better than many folks I've co-inhabited studio space with.   Here he is, napping the session away as i work:

After the last few weeks, I have basic tracks (meaning my guitar, bass and drums) and my vocals done on over twenty songs!  I've spent a lot of time and money in studios over the years and this was by far the easiest and most productive studio week I've ever had.  I attribute much of that to my incredible band, Matty Alger and Spencer Wright.  These guys really poured their heart and soul into my songs, and after having playing most of them for several years live with me, we didn't need more than  a few takes on each tune.  It's funny how in this age of pro tools and digital recording, a great live band playing together often takes a backseat to creating an illusion of musicians playing together....well not on my new record!  Over the past 4 years or so playing with these guys, I feel like I've really rediscovered the heart of good music and making a great record:  get some great musicians in a room together with solid songs and LET THEM PLAY!  It's seems so simple...and it is...but making records like this takes a lot of experience from everyone involved....It's like doing all the work on the front end rather than editing and trying to create something after the fact.

I'm keeping this new record simple...trying to let the songs and musicians speak for themselves without a lot of bells and whistles.  I'll be heading to the amazing JT's studio in Reseda, CA on fri to get his piano and organ on a handful of these songs, and after a few background vocal and horn section overdubs, this puppy will be cooked up ready for a great mix!

I can honestly say, that this will be my best yet!

More to come