This "solo" project is a special batch of eclectic songs that I wrote separately from the material that I write for my longtime bands (Moonlight Rodeo, Namely Us, and The Funny Farmers). I call this release "Dream State" for a couple reasons. One is that I get many of my ideas for songs, both melodies and lyrics, in my dreams. I've learned over the years to appreciate these "gifts," and to capture them and use them to the best of my ability. The other reason is that I feel blessed to live in a dream state: California. For this project, I used a talented local duo for the rhythm tracks: Julia Harrell on drums and Trevor Kinsel on bass. We recorded our parts very "organically," that is, live in the studio in one or two takes. To this, I added some parts by some very special friends: Pat Campbell (bass) Ramblin' Jack Elliott (vocals) Vikki Lee (vocal) Cynthia Lewis (vocal) Nick Otis (drums): son of Johnny Otis Lucky Otis (bass): grandson of Johnny Otis Will Scarlett (harmonica): founding member of Hot Tuna Steve Schuster (sax): Performed/recorded with The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Sly Stone & Family Stone Suzy Thompson (fiddle) Dave Zirbel (pedal steel) I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1975 to go to school (College of Marin, SF State, and UC Berkeley), but I was really drawn here by the music. All the amazing SF bands were a huge influence on me. Over the years, I've come to know many of the musicians from those bands. Consequently, I've performed, recorded, and/or written songs with members of the following bands: The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane/Starship, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Country Joe & The Fish, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Blue Cheer, The Charlatans, Ace of Cups, Huey Lewis & The News, Sopwith Camel, Steve Miller Band, Rowan Brothers, Sons of Champlin, It's A Beautiful Day, Sly & The Family Stone, Elvin Bishop, and The Youngbloods. Whew! It's been a dream come true. A highlight for me was writing songs with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter for the 'Rio Lindo' CD release by my band Moonlight Rodeo.