ALBUM READY NOW
This has been a difficult album to create for various reasons and it's been hard to try and keep the impetus up but I am pleased to say it's now finished.
The album offers songs which are descriptive and releveant to each and every one of us; it's an observational look at the world around us and documents our interactions. I couldn't have written some of these songs in my youth as it takes world weary eyes to try and make sense of some of the things you see. I touch on subjects such as trust, dementia, regret but also thankfulness, hope and kindness.
I hope you enjoy the music, put it on, close your eyes, listen to the words and reflect a while. Some songs are just meant to be chilled to.
1 TICKET TO MEMPHIS
2 DIXIE DIXIE
3 DOBRYI VECHER
5 I FOUND YOU
6 HELLO MY FRIEND
7 HOMEWARD BOUND
8 JESUS ON THE WALL
9 ON THE RUN
11 I WOULD STILL LOVE YOU
12 WALK IN STYLE
13 DOING TIME
14 THOUGHTS & PRAYERS
WHAT'S ARE THE SONGS ABOUT
1 TICKET TO MEMPHIS - I was in Houston and some acquaintances had flown out to represent the UK in the blues challenge in Memphis. I knew a while back it was happening but left it to the last minute to get a flight to go and support them by which time all the cheap flights had gone. I always leave things to the last minute and loose out. So it's really a song about support, which we all need and going for the moment and not leaving things too late.
2 DIXIE DIXIE - You can choose friends but you can't choose family. Dixie Dixie is torn between hypocrisy and family reliance .....until she breaks free.
3 DOBRYI VECHER - This really is a thank you to Boris, for his great hospitality and marvellous conversations over breakfast which we had when he offered me the opportunity to visit Russia. I played with some amazing musicians and met some wonderful people. Dobryi Vecher .......It's the only thing I can say at the shows in the native tongue !!
4 FRAGILE - This song is about trust and the fragility of friendships and consequences of ambition, where betrayal is an accepted part of someones ambition.
5 I FOUND YOU - When you find some one who you can really rely on it should be celebrated.
6 HELLO MY FRIEND - I wrote this after attending a funeral, more common a place now then it ever used to be. It dawned on me that on these occaisons I meet people who I haven't seen for a while. We chat, reminisce and both leave with a more acute sense of our own mortality and a realisation that perhaps we should change a little to reflect this. Hello my friend dressed in black........
7 HOMEWARD BOUND - just a celebration that most of the clarity of thinking is done when at home. I love coming home to my own castle, it's comfortable and a paradise in a world of hassle.
8 JESUS ON THE WALL - If Jesus on a white washed wall in a church could talk what would he say, would approve of actions and deeds of things done in his name. Would he rather rock n roll ?
9 ON THE RUN - The story of wise guy Henry Hill seen through his Childs eye - taken from the book On the Run - cracking read
10 REMEMBER - A simple story of love for someone suffering dementia
11 I WOULD STILL LOVE YOU - A simple story of love for some one
12 WALK IN STYLE - Be yourself - don't walk like a sheep - Bah Bah Bah
13 DOING TIME - Judges can be prejudiced just like all of us, buyer beware
14 THOUGHTS & PRAYERS - A song which questions the validity of stock thoughts and prayers given like a habit to tragic events. Surely words and positive actions to resolve issues should be a more resolute response. Saying anything too often without deep sincerity means the impact is lost and it becomes meaningless.
WHO PLAYS ON THE ALBUM ?
Richard Townend : Guitar , Vocals, Backing Vocals, Keys, Banjo, Mandolin, Trumpet
Phil Wilson : Bass , Backing Vocals track 1
Steve Morris tracks 1, 3, 5, 6,
Glen Buck tracks 4,7,9,11,13
David Booth tracks 2, 8, 10, 14
Greg Camburn Sax track 9
Philp Ockelford Rhythm Guitar track 9
Phil Pawsey Keys track 7, 11
Jane English BVs track 8
WHERE WAS IT RECORDED ?
Recorded, Engineered and co-produced by David Booth in the Recording Booth in Suffolk
Additional tracks recorded at Mundon Home Studio and
Drum tracks and acoutsic Guitar for 4,7 recorded at Rooks Yard Essex by Pete Crisp