Big Dream Empty Pockets Broken Heart
Gary Knox is a singer/songwriter from NYC who's been keeping the dream alive in cabarets, cafes and rock clubs for many years. As owner, engineer/producer of Batcave Recording Gary has worked with some of the most famous and infamous musical characters of the music scene. Along with Gary Knox on vocals, accoustic guitar and harmonica, Nick Balaban on piano, organ, synth and background vocals and Mike Guba on drums, this album was performed, produced, arranged and mixed. Guest musicians are noted in each songs. This CD features songs which are impressions of the many colors of his lifetime palette. Big Dreams, Empty Pockets, Broken Heart: This New Orleans style modern American anthem is a reaction to Jiminy Cricket who told us that all we had to do was wish upon a star to make our dreams come true. In the great cosmic Chinese restaurant I cracked open my fortune cookie and it read, 'Big Dreams, Empty Pockets, Broken Heart.' It features electric guitar by Dan Hovey and standout piano from Streetheart Nick Balaban. You're Not The First : The dream reaction that every guy has to a romantic breakup. They'll all come back once they realize what they've lost. Streetheart Nick Balaban arranged the horn section which includes Walter Hawkes on trombone, Dan Levinson on clarinet and Jon -Eric Kellso on trumpet. Walter Hawkes also plays Ukelele . John Wachter is on electric lead. This song can be heard in the movie' Peace, Love and Misunderstanding ' starring Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener directed by Bruce Beresford. Face To Face (with the human race): Every time we turn on the news we find ourselves constantly amazed at man's inhumanity to man. And yet, through all that alienation, in the end we come to see that we're all connected and must make the best of it. All that with a rockabilly beat and the killer guitar of Dan Hovey. Rockin' On The Razor's Edge: A little bit of anger and a little bit of hope . Harmony through the primal scream. Quite a balancing act singing and playing on that razor blade. Fantasy Street: Song of the mighty dreamers. Features the mandolin of Barry Mitterhoff . Ghost Train: Come for a ride on the Rock n' Roll Railroad where you forever keep groovin' along into the great beyond. Features the ghostly bass of Jay Spero,the phantasmic harmonica of Blake Brocksmith, and Jon Diamond with his electrifying guitar. Scufflin': Tells the story of the romantic love -hate relationship the artist has with choosing the musician's life. We're cursed with the blessing and blessed with the curse-nothing could be better and nothing could be worse. I always open with it when I play live. It features Barry Mitterhoff on mandolin and John Putnam playing the John Amato pedal steel arrangement. Peter Robbins is on Bass. Whoever Are You?: I was all alone, on a Wednesday, in an abandoned loft on West Broadway when the shadows first showed themselves. This was my question to them.They are still answering. All that with a Reggae beat with Jay Spero's bass and John Wachter's electric guitar. Open Heart, Open Road, Open Hand: This song is really about a state of mind that allowed my friends and i to hit the highway and learn the great lessons of the road. Every line tells of a true experience. And to think, I might have never left the Bronx!.. Featuring the pedal steel of John Putnam and Mike Rubin on those baritone guitar fills. Night Vision: Where our hero learns how to see in the dark and make friends with all it's famous monsters. Jon Diamond plays monstrous guitar. Every Heart Needs A Home: Obviously, the homeless problem grows in direct proportion to man's lack of compassion for his common man and must be addressed now more than ever. I got the title from a pot holder that read 'Home is Where The Heart Is'. In true John Lennon wordplay I switched the words around and created something new. Dan Hovey plays swampy slide guitar. Night Cafe': I wrote this one while having a magical connection with Vincent Van Gogh's painting of the same name. My guitar and I sat down at one of the tables in the painting and didn't come out until I had this song. It's lyrics are also inspired by the years I spent playing as an opening act in 'The Improvisation'with my pal Matthew Auerbach. Once again John Putnam is playing a John Amato pedal steel arrangement with Peter Robbins on bass. 'Let me call you Streetheart, I'm in love with you.'