Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Piano, Vocals
Organ & Electric Guitar
JAMES “HUTCH” HUTCHINSON
Electric & Double Bass
Chamberlain, Piano, Samples
Mixed by Tom Hall
Mastered by Pat Sullivan
Electric Slide, Lap Steel & Pedal Steel Guitars
Piano, Wurlitzer, B3
Vocals, Vocal Coaching
Psalng / sahng n., explicative from Greek psongos/ Song sung with a harp, harpy, or harpist to whomever else will listen often celebrating love, light, and liberty or the profound even spiritual readiness to flip off the Pharaoh when called for.In 2006 Danny Patton encouraged me to demo some songs. When we were done he said that we
In 2006 Danny Patton encouraged me to demo some songs. When we were done he said that we should send them to Brian Ahern. Brian started out producing for Anne Murray’s first record, Snow Bird, in 1965. He recorded Neil Young live at the Riverboat in Yorkville in 1970. Since then he produced 15 Emmylou Harris albums, 10 more Anne Murray, John Cash, George Jones. He worked with Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Dr. John, and many others. Danny met Brian while working with the Alberta band Beautiful Joe.
About six weeks after he sent the demo off to Nashville, Danny was at his computer emailing me that he hadn’t heard back from Brian when his phone rang. “Danny? BA. The record’s already pretty good. But, you know I think I could work with this guy.”
That was a hell of a day. We arranged to met Brian in Toronto, knocked things around and started making some plans. A few months later they were in Los Angeles and Brian took me to T-Bone Burnett’s house. T Bone made coffee, we sat in the den and listened to a demo. T Bone’s advice – first call Jim Keltner.
Jim has drummed for John Lennon, the Traveling Wilburys, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Mick Jagger, Joe Cocker, George Harrison, John Lee Hooker, Randy Newman, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, James Taylor, Boz Scaggs, Manhattan Transfer, Delbert McClinton, Linda Ronstadt, Ringo Starr, Indigo Girls, B.B. King, Rickie Lee Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, Brian Wilson, Fiona Apple, Neil Diamond, the Bee Gees, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Rita Coolidge and Harry Chapin. To name a few.
The lead break came on the demo. T-Bone says ‘Who’s that?’ John said ‘me’ and T-Bone says ‘Well, we’ve got our guitar player.’ I was probably looking like a kid who just got away with something. Jim took the call and accepted Brian’s invitation. Everybody we called after that said “sure” once they knew Brian and Jim were in.”
Dean Parks’ discography (deanparks.com). It goes on for about twenty pages and it does make about an hour’s astonishing reading.
James “Hutch” Hutchinson plays bass for Bonnie Raitt. He’s played for Willy Nelson, Jackson Brown, Joe Cocker, Taj Mahal, Brian Wilson, BB King and David Crosby. And many more.
Greg Leisz plays all kinds of guitars but is best known for slide and steel. Greg is simply a wonderful guy. He doesn’t talk much about what he does. He came around when we were doing some post tracking work, said he had some sessions out in Malibu, some other stuff. By the time I got home in November I had picked up a couple of CDs. Joni Mitchell’s first in about 10 years, John Fogarty and the Eagles’ latest. There was Greg on all of them.”Matt Rollings was the youngest player in the band. He plays for Lyle Lovett and tours with Mark Knopfler.
Matt Rollings was the youngest player in the band. He plays for Lyle Lovett and tours with Mark Knopfler.Mac McAnally plays acoustic guitar for Jimmy Buffet and is a great Mac McAnally plays acoustic guitar for Jimmy Buffet and is a great
Mac McAnally plays acoustic guitar for Jimmy Buffet and is a great song writer.Patrick Warren plays chamberlain (the eerie retro synthesizer named after the man who invented it in the
Patrick Warren plays chamberlain (the eerie retro synthesizer named after the man who invented it in the 50’s and that everybody knows from the opening bars of Strawberry Fields) and other exotic keyboards like tack piano, field organ and all kinds of synthesizers and samplers. He also wrote and conducted the string sections on John’s record. He has played for Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann, the Chili Peppers, and tours with Tom Waits. And the came Al Kooper. BA and I were driving across Santa Monica Blvd. when BA called Al and told him about the project. Al waited about a second and said ‘I’m in.’ Legendary. Al played B3 on Like A Rolling Stone. He was playing at the Newport Folk Festival when the crowd booed Bob Dylan for turning to
And the came Al Kooper. BA and I were driving across Santa Monica Blvd. when BA called Al and told him about the project. Al waited about a second and said ‘I’m in.’ Legendary. Al played B3 on Like A Rolling Stone. He was playing at the Newport Folk Festival when the crowd booed Bob Dylan for turning to electric, when Pete Seeger tried to literally axe the power cable to the PA. He started The Blues Project and Blood Sweat and Tears. He did The Super Sessions with Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills. I looked at BA in astonishment. Al recorded with the Rolling Stones, the Who and Cream. He produced Lynyard Skynyard His first rock and roll gig was when he was 15. He played guitar on the 50’s hit 45 “Who Likes Short Shorts I Like Short Shorts.”And so I had a band. It is pretty much impossible for a guy from my day to imagine what it would be like to
And so I had a band. It is pretty much impossible for a guy from my day to imagine what it would be like to be in a studio with this crowd much less playing with them much less having them playing my songs. I’d say this was more, literally, than most would even dream. And yet when I sat down with them, they were all just ordinary guys. Guys with awesome tales to tell, but ordinary all the same. They drank coffee, joked about and just dug the opportunity to play together. They had played with all the prima donnas, knew where that was at, had way more than enough of it. They welcomed me as just another guy. At lunch break we’d order in so as to not break up the momentum too much. We’d sit around in the Studio D lounge (Village Recorder, West LA) and they would bs about tours with Eric, going on the road with Graham and David, the day they went out to Bob’s ranch at Malibu to audition and Bob gave them a bag of fresh eggs. The day in New York when they were working on different sessions but met in a favorite hole in the wall and jammed with John Paul Jones till dawn. Hanging with Ringo. Ordinary guys with extraordinary stories to tell.