Blue Sky has heart and soul (if I do say so myself.) The emotion comes across by way of the music and lyrics; the words are more suggestive than telling; they match the music or maybe it's the other way around; in either case it is all of a piece. The guitars sing and crunch; they are melodic but sometimes a tad dissonant. Matt Rae's Telecaster 'sings' electrically on 'Candelaio.' On 'Over and Under' he plays a Martin, concert acoustic. He 'sings' on that one, too. I based the song 'Candelaio' on a passage from a play by Giordano Bruno. I have Alan Powers to thank for 'turning me on' to the passage (not to mention his translating the play from Italian.) The songs on Blue Sky are fairly tender though somewhat abstract, and then there is 'I'm Your Garbage Man,' which is simply in the blues tradition ( a good man willing to take the time to listen.) That said, the song drives pretty hard. The task of defining the album with words is complex; the music is simpler. When I think of the songs on the whole, I would say the guitars can get edgy in places because they have to. Dan Tressler came in with some spirited violin playing on 'Riding with My Baby,' an acoustic version of a song I wrote as electric blues for 'Bread & Jam,' my first album. The acoustic version is light, crisp, and sunny. Stuart Stahr played the drums on the album. He really understood the music and added natural tone and rhythm. I hope you get some good feelings from the songs. I know that we felt good about playing them.