Be on the Lookout
This album began as something of a lark. I had the songs 'Jamie Knows', 'The Truth Is' and 'Hell Or High Water' lying around from playing out at restaurants as an acoustic solo act and feeling I ought to be able to come up with something original. Friends had asked me for several years why I didn't record some of my songs. Finally I took last year's tax return and did just that. I got a lot of positive feedbeack from the initial sessions so I just kept going. The wide variety of sounds is partly on purpose, to capture as wide an audience as possible, but also reflects my own love of artists as diverse as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Yes, The Mars Volta, James Taylor, Porcupine Tree, Genesis, Radiohead, and Andreas Vollenweider (the latter being a big influence on my acoustic guitar style). Steve Howe and Stevie Ray Vaugn are probably the biggest influences on my electric style, though I'm learning from Jonny Greenwood and Steven Wilson.