My Father's Hat
Produced By John Whitehead. Recorded, Mixed and mastered by David Hedding at Glacier Studios, Minneapolis, MN. Additional guitar tracks recorded by David Tousley at Root Bass Studio, Minneapolis. This project percolated for a long time before completion. I made a first stab at a solo album back in 2006, recording four tracks at Gary Bartig's nordeast Minneapolis studio. Then I hit a wall and lost momentum. I got back on the horse at David Tousely's studio in 2007--completing basic guitar tracks for six tunes but still no cigar. Brian Wilson once said you need two main things to succeed as a songwriter-confidence and persistence. By the time I met David Hedding in 2009, I had gained enough of each and was able to finish the project. I learned an enormous amount doing this collection. I hope I live long enough to make another record. But at the rate I'm cranking them out-don't hold your breath! Thanks to all the musicians who lent their talent to the project: Robin Fox, John Haer, David Hedding, Pete Hennig, John Jenkins, Kip Jones, Nick Jordan, Alec James Knutson, Eric Paulson, Rahjta Ren, Brian Roessler. Special thanks to Deb Carlson, an amazing singer, harmonizer and friend. Ditto to the Blue Yodel N0. 9 boys-Stew Lelievre, Scott Washburn and John Haer for putting up with me and supporting my music. Thanks to Gary Bartig and David Tousely for lending their ears. Merci, Mr. Roland Trenary for lyric editing on "Pygmy Bone". Kudos to my online friends at Macjams.com, especially John Jenkins (Woofer John) for piano on "Original Sin". Muchas gracias to David Hedding who brings so much to the table with his musicianship, Buddha-like calm, and painterly approach toward sound. Finally... thanks to Suzanne, my skippin'stone, for her unconditional love and support. There's still lovin' enough.