Bottom of the Blues

“This thing has legs!” So they say when a new project takes off. It’s a fascinating journey throughout the long process of album conception on down to completion of mixing. Producing a record is a little like piloting a space ship that could easily veer off course to wind up in parts unknown. Reaching a conclusion … or a deadline … is usually the moment when you finally realize what you hold in your hands. This time we both couldn’t have been happier with the result. Bottom of the Blues is a record we want people to hear. We want people to hear what we’ve made here.

Big thanks and shout out to all our friends who contributed to make this such a rich experience, and hopefully a rich listen as well. Our home is our studio, as any of these players will attest, and there’s nothing finer for us than to have folks over for a session that includes food, drink, conversation, and music making. Thanks to Ed Friedland, David Carroll, Rich White, Johnny Mac, Jimmy Ruggiere, East Side Flash, Beth Chrisman, and Peter Schwarz, for all their ideas and passionate playing. These guys provided the richness and depth of musicianship that came to define this process. And, I need to give a big nod to Cris Burns for his expertise at the mixing station, his great ears, and his attention to detail. We were in good hands with him for the finishing touches and final polish on this one.

We hope you’ll give us a listen once again to see where this evolution is heading. Thanks to everyone who has come out to support us on this musical and human journey. See you ’round the town …

Mv & Sm
June, 2014