Tales from the Mud Room
Personnel: Leo Finn piano, keyboards & vocal Joe Finn guitar Jim Ferguson upright bass Chris Brown drums Dwight McConnell electric bass Bryan Owings drums Jeffrey Scot Wills saxophones Jeff Jordan guitar Ben Weaver percussion Produced by Leo Finn Co-produced by Dwight McConnell & Brian Harrison Technical and pre-production assistance: Dwight McConnell Recorded by Brian Harrison at The Rendering Plant Nashville Mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master Nashville A little about the musicians: Leo Finn plays Yamaha pianos & keyboards, Roland keyboards & modules, uses Native Instruments B4ll, DP5 & Cubase software, Prosonus & Macbook Pro hardware. Joe Finn plays Greenfield guitars. Visit Joe at: joefinn.net Jim Ferguson is a national treasure. Please go to: jimfergusonmusic.com Jeffrey Scot Wills can be found at: jeffreyscotwills.net Chris Brown: BM North Texas State (jazz), Chris has extensive touring and recording credits with people like: Maynard Ferguson, Nashville Symphony, Terry Gibbs, Mundell Lowe, on and on. Endorsements: Remo, Zildian, Vic Firth. Jeff Jordan: GIT alumni, recording/touring with T. Graham Brown, Billy Dean and plays Fender and Gretch guitars. Dwight McConnell is a UT grad. (music), tour vet, music staff writer and plays Fender & Tobias basses. Bryan Owings: recording/touring with Emmylou Harris, Shelby Lynne, Ray LaMontagne, Delbert McClinton. Endorsements: Bosphorus, Pearl, Evans, Innovative Percussion, Rhythm Tech. Ben Weaver teaches and freelances in Nashville Brian Harrison records extensively at his 'Rendering Plant' Nashville, there he produced two Shelby Lynne projects and one grammy nominated record with Lucinda Williams. His studio features a Neve VRP 48 console, Studer A827 tape, B&W 805 & 801 speakers, and a wide array of outboard gear, keyboards, guitars & amps. About 'mud room' I rarely compose music and I always compose music. Generally, I prepare tunes for live performances, a practice that has been good to me. When I play for my own enjoyment, I like to improvise over interesting rhythms and chord progressions. Improvisation is the most common expression in jazz. It is a form of composing that is instantaneous. The player must rely heavily on his understanding of rhythm and harmony, and have an arsenal of licks at his disposal if he wants to communicate effectively with listeners. It can be a thrilling experience for all involved. Fortunately through years of listening, practicing and working as a musician, I've been able to develop a few of my musical ideas into song forms. 'Tales From The Mud Room' is such a compilation. The Track "Mud Room" was conceived before I was 10. "You're a Goner", "'Swaiting", "Six Blocks" & "B.I.L.Y." were written before I was 20. "Neon Leon" & "You Can Do It If You Want To" were written by 30, 'Afterthought' by 40, while "Your Focus Is Broke" is most recent. "Goodnight" is the only song that is not entirely original. My Dad composed it. It was one of many, but unfortunately the 'A Section' is all that I can recall. I hope he would approve of the replacement 'B Section' I've provided. Sadly, nothing he composed was ever written out or recorded while there was a chance. I have only faint memories of him seated at his old Steinway upright, down in the mud room, and a muffled idea of what his music sounded like under his fingers. Ironically today we can record a similar event as simply as pressing a button on our cell phone. "Tales From The Mud Room" is my second record. For me, it's the thread that connects the past, present and future. -Leo Thanks: The late greats Bill Evans & Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Jan Hammer and the many other wonderful pianists/synthesists for their continuous inspiration; my sons Michael and Leo Finn, My parents Katherine & Leo Finn, Joe Finn, my sisters Loretta & Marianne, Father Joe Madden, Dan Block, Stephen Gitto, Jamey Aebersold, Mrs. Neilson, Dave Miller, Edgar Raspovich, Carl Erwin, Vance Smith, Sam Powell, Nick Brignola, George Leary, Joe Colelo, Penny Knight, Fred Gray, Lisa Robilotto, Ralph Garaphalo, Bill Rezzi, Aejal Raynes, Gary Smith, Alan Saunders, Kevin & Chuck McNeil, Myron Thomas, Gabe Garland, Jonas Vece, Angelo Yanuzzi, Gary Anderson, Roger Vantry, Gary VanZeeland, Lee Hager, Mike Marino, Mickey Maloney, Steve Forrest, Angelo Mastrio, Mary Petrowitz, Gary Goetz, Steve Cantor, Tommy Cooper, Darren Conden, Scotty, Bruce Zarka, Mike Diberi, Jeff Davis, Chris Farina, Luciano Gherardi, John Salzano, Rusty Rustad, Joey Campese, Dave Po, Ronnie Fabre, Gene Sironen, Randy Anderson, Tammy Pemberton, Gary Olds, Tim Fahey, Pete Sevino, Mike Davoult, Doug Keller, Sherri Gordon, Mark Allen, Jeff Johnson, Dana Berry, Karen Nelson Bell, Bobby Gill, Mary Lytell, Banny, Kenny Trantham, Harvey Sharp, Danny Demoralis, Roby Turner, Jet Loring, Carlo Marino, Bobby Rich, Vern Gosdin, Wayne Bridge, Buck Jarrell, Pat Lassiter, Mike Durham, Rob Smith, Keith Gaddis, Judi Martin, Dana Heideman, Donnie Delozier, Wayne Dahl, Donna Hammit, Tim Atwood, Steve Kennedy, Dave Dunseath, Dale Johnson, Richard 'Sticks' Stickley, Dan Shaffer, Reggie Wooten, Terry Ballard, Carolyn & Dave Martin, Brian Fullen, Tim Watson, Robin Ruddy, Jeff & Kim Carson, Van Abbott, Randy Hess, Mike Calley, Bruce Phillips, Bobby Roberts, Tom Theilen, Paul Easter, Mark Savage, Steve Mullins, Brian Steele, 'Muskrat' Reams, Drake Leonard, Luther Lewis, David Adcock, George Lawrence, Dwight McConnell, Jeff Jordan, T. Graham Brown, Jody Jackson, Al Klingan, Doug Bernstein, Mike Maki, Mike Caputy, Bryan Owings, Joe McGlohon, Ian Wallace, Jeffrey Scot Wills, James Pinnebaker, Rick Kurtz, Jimmy Hall, Jimmy Buster, Jim Kirby, Geneva Keene, Bob Doerschuk, Jody Faison, Ben Weaver, Mitch Ballard, Sandy Smolen, Chuck Mandt, Charles Dungey, Romy Smith, Billy Sans, Joe Locasto, Jackie Woodar, Dean Madonia, Jimmy Maddox, Deirdre Reilly, Mike Behymer, BJ & Gloria Thomas, John Francis, Tom Wild, Larry Chavis, Billy Joe Royal, Bobby King, Brian Harrison, Jim Ferguson, Chris Brown, Willie Cantu, Jim DeMain and everyone else that ever got into the proverbial 'mud room' with me.