RIYL: Steve Earle, Tom Waits, Malcolm Holcombe, Tom Russell, Emmylou Harris, Paul Burch
One of my goals on this project was to feature my road compadre, Sergio Webb. Sergio’s guitar playing is mind boggling. On electric or gut string, he takes chances, skates on thin ice, goes out on limbs and makes a song much more compelling than it would be otherwise. And I wanted to capture that on a studio album. Sergio had worked with Paul Burch and had many good things to say about his time in the studio with Paul. So I contacted Paul and we had a cup of coffee and discussed working on a project. Soon after, Sergio and I got together in Paul’s studio and the three of us began putting songs down on tape. Paul played drums and engineered. The first song we did was "Girl Up On The Hill". First take. Paul later added a fuzz guitar and bass. That first session I think we got three songs, all on first or second takes. Paul is such an empathetic player and producer. He cuts to what is essential and does not waste time and energy on frills. The performance takes precedence over production. More sessions followed and always with the same joyful result. We tried different styles and different tones, serious and playful. The basics stayed the same. Sergio and Paul and I having fun. Dennis Crouch threw in on a song ("Look"). The impeccable Fats Kaplan added a touch of fiddle and lap steel ("Cruel Symphony", "Walkin’ Blue"). Jen Gunderman played some beautiful keyboards ("Things Fall Apart", "Long Gone Daddy"). And Tomi Lunsford contributed haunting vocals ("Cruel Symphony").
Playing and writing have been the core of my life for more than forty years. I think of myself in musical terms. What I do and what I am are virtually the same. I have learned from every recording experience, have found new ways of expressing myself every time the recording light turned red. It is a pleasure and an honor to work with others who feel the same.
~ David Olney
released December 10, 2013
Produced By: Paul Burch
Recorded and Balanced By: Burch at Pan American Sound, Nashville, TN
Mastered By: Eric Conn and Don Cobb at Independent Mastering, Nashville, TN
Featuring the Voice and Archtop Guitar of David Olney with Sergio Webb, Lead Electric and Spanish Guitar and Paul Burch, Drums and Bass, Fuzz and Rhythm Guitars.
"We're All Innocent In Here" features Paul Burch, Lead Guitars.
"Long Gone Daddy" & "The Beginning And The End" feature Jen Gunderman, Celeste and Organ.
"There Was A War" features Sergio Webb, Ukulele.
"Walkin' Blue" features Fats Kaplin, Hawaiian Steel Guitar.
"Cruel Symphony" features Tomi Lunsford, Voice; Fats Kaplin, Fiddle; and Dennis Crouch, Upright Bass.
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John Drumbo French from Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band worked with Thompson on two albums along with Fred Frith and Henry Kaiser.
Those two French, Frith, Kaiser and Thompson albums led me to this.
Also, Richard Thompson taught Hugh Cornwell (of The Stranglers) how to play the bass guitar in a band when they were both at the same school (Emil and The Detectives?).
With a career spanning 50 years and playing with two of my heroes (French and Cornwell) Thompson has produced a fascinating EP.