Drake Blake Returns
This EP was recorded in the space of 4 days, using the incredible talents of Ricky Carter, Kevin Lofton, Betsy Adams, Dan Eisenberg, Kyla Danysh, and Renata, Caitlin, and Mariel Austin. Damien Rasmussen mixed and mastered, and he and Ricky and I co-produced. My good friend, Richie Rayrao, did the cover art. The way this happened: Ricky and I met in Guatemala. He played some of his stuff for me, and I played some of my stuff for him. Basically he felt my stuff didn't suck, and he would be willing to session on drums with me. Got back home and told my friend, Kevin (who I never felt would like my stuff, so I never played it for him) about meeting Ricky the drummer. And, of course, Kevin knew him. Played with him before. He said 'Ricky likes your stuff...shoot, I'll session with you.' So, suddenly, I had a rhythm section. These guys were/are really busy gigging, so it took about six months before I could get them together to lay down the rhythm parts. First session, Ricky's setting up (it takes him a while) and I mentioned I could really use a 'genius guitarist' to add to the sessions. Ricky makes a call, and about an hour later, Betsy shows up and she and Ricky and Kevin proceed to make my songs way cooler than I imagined they could be. Towards the end of the sessions, I mentioned how it would be really cool to have some keyboards. Ricky made a call and, voila, Dan Eisenberg was on board. I think it took Dan about 3 hours to do all the stuff he did. My daughters, Renata, Caitlin and Mariel did backing vocals on Me and Jo Lee and Bad Alcohol. Renata played accordion and Mariel the trombone solo on Me and Jo Lee. Kyla Danysh played a traditional Irish fiddle tune, Music in the Glen, for Dancing Days, the only song whose lyric I didn't write. I borrowed/appropriated a poem by William Butler Yeats (public domain). I must say, of all the music in which I've participated, I am the proudest of this project. I really hope I can get these cats together again and do some more stuff.