Rhythm & Western
This was a project started in 1992 and layed aside until 2009 and then completed in 2010.It represents a musical journey with a steel guitar across time and space and from Arizona to Alaska to Hawaii and back again several times. I've been very fortunate to get to play with a lot of folks over the years and especially all involved with this album musicians, songwriters, singers supporters and friends. Thank you for your patience and sharing. The Bayriders have been a personal labor of love and collaboration of musicians stretching over the last 20 years. I'm only a part of it. Many played in the group besides those on this CD. And all were important to the synergy and the evolution of my musical education. And I was the luckiest of all just to share the music and good times. The steel and slide have always been a signature sound quotient of the Bayriders and one of my true loves and passions. It will continue to be. To the true masters of pedal steel out there I can only bow my head to and offer this as a humble homage to the instrument and art. My heart is in the right place even when my fingers are not. So here's thanks to the players: Rachel Burnett- for your energy, spirit and giving the songs new life Richard Neville- for sharing your freeflow of musical ideas and a lifetime of musical experience Kevin Johns-for 35 years of friendship and music with 35 more to come Bob Blasi- the "Delivery Man" whose passion for life and the blues is unequaled Jeff Lusby- for patience, discipline, knowledge and without this project would not have been a reality Atz Kilcher- a true Alaskan Renaissance man and cowboy, your songs, storytelling, the laughs, and companionship John Luzadder- thanks for helping me in those early years and giving this project it's original chance Mike Stahmen- thanks Inflatable, for the classic playing and the good energy Craig Stempniak- one of my favorite tonemasters and friends, for always playing like you mean it Randy Rush- was that a drummer or a drum machine? One of greats! Jim Roebuck-all your help in making this finally come together Dave Webster- my personal King of the Sax, another great influence, friend and player Steve Cornish- for your great acoustic track on Bayriders and continuing to be a part of Homers music Eddy Baratini and Ethan Rea- thanks for pitching in and laying it down Hobo Jim Varsos- for the inspiration and the song The Boats: the Vixen, the Time Bandit, the Independence.