Ease My Worried Mind
A blues lover's delight. Tasty, soulful harmonica blues. Beth Kohnen is a full time musician based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has also taken her music to Paris, the South of France, and New Orleans. 'Ease My Worried Mind' is her third album and offers an hour of mellow blues with Beth on harmonica and vocals accompanied on guitar by WC Handy nominee Rusty Zinn. From Beth on the making of this CD: 'Ease My Worried Mind' contains mellow blues good for thinking or day-dreaming or really listening. It's a great CD to play in the car. I like to play it on the way home from high adrenaline gigs to come back down to earth. It was a pleasure to work with Rusty --- we recorded all the tracks at my home studio. Then I took everything to Wally Sound to be mixed and mastered. Wally took the time to understand my vision and at once offered to use a vintage plate reverb effects monster machine taking up an entire wall of his studio. Consequently the reverb on the CD is not an emulation - it is the real thing used in the 20's and 30's. He also used a touch of real echo effects on the vocals which totally blew me away. On the graphic side, there is a photo on the inside of the CD package that looks like a painting. It was made by my artist-daughter Hannah Kohnen from a film she shot of a gig Rusty and I played at Armando's in Martinez, CA. Hannah and I designed and created the graphic package and it was finalized by Tony Johnson who owns Reeltime Music in San Rafael. I am immensely grateful to Rusty Zinn, Wally Sound, Hannah Kohnen, and Tony Johnson for all the work they did to bring this CD to completion. I also want to add thanks to Willy Jordan, my partner and the last drummer to tour with John Lee Hooker for his constant positive input, and to Michael Kohnen who saved me from the tangles and frustrations of Photoshop. Beth Kohnen, April, 2011.