The new year is a time for reflection. 2016 brought us many surprises we never would have expected. Playing over 30 shows, recording a full length record, as well as meeting and working with so many new friends! We haven't even been doing this together for year, so to look back and see all that has happened is astonishing. Working with producer/engineer Bart Thurber in Oakland at House of Faith has been a definite highlight. Using one inch analog, live recording to create our sound and express these songs in a fresh, new uninhibited fashion has been absolutely invigorating. Along the way all I kept hearing was "no" you can't do this, or "no" you're not ready. And maybe we weren't? That's why I kept pushing us into these situations that perhaps we weren't ready for, and the recording and gigs would easily give us those answers. By doing these things we may not have been "ready" for, we pushed the pace toward a new understanding of the process and how to achieve a level communication through our music we never could have expected in this short 8 or 9 months as a group.
After our first show in Felton, CA on April 3rd at The Trout Farm Inn on a Sunday afternoon, I had scheduled a trip to Oakland for a recording session the next weekend. I spoke with Bart about doing it different this time. I wanted the band to be in one room. I wanted us to be able to see each other and communicate our energies rather than being separated by different rooms. Wow! What a serious pain in the ass and challenge. I expected it to feel like being in the rehearsal space, with speakers filling the room with sound, reverberating voices and sounds swirling. Not the case! Bart had us in one room and quiet as humanly possible. Bill and I were playing acoustic guitar only at this time and Bart just mic'd us. The room volume was nonexistent. There was no vibe at all, but only severe, quiet focus!! We could barely hear Scotty's drums and had to go deep to focus on the material in a new way. The session was going and the vibe was up and down and then we had our special guest join us! Mike Lewis, who was on bass for this session, had invited his childhood friend and former bandmate, Robbie Hoddinott to come sit in and lay some tracks with us. Robbie had toured the world, played with every great player and legend and been considered one of the great guitarists of the Bay Area. When Bart heard it was Robbie coming, he couldn't believe it. Bart is a huge fan of Robbie Hoddinott and described watching him play as a kid and having his mind blown with Robbie playing so uniquely with riffs like jazz and horn parts cutting his own path. Robbie had been out the scene for nearly 15 years before this day. Health-related issues and the lifestyle of a rock star had taken its toll. Nonetheless there he was, ready to lay some tracks with Eric Morrison & The Mysteries. WTF!!! In the end the day ended providing three tracks: Mountain, Things are
Gonna Change, and Something Going on Down Below. We could have never expected anything like this and it was nothing short of miraculous to even have occurred. Robbie came in cold and was able to add a signature sound to each track he attempted. Somehow he is able to address the genre or personality of a tune instantly and jump right in with appropriate additions. I'd never worked with somebody of this type of talent level and it was really fun to see and work with such as amazing talent. What a way to get the process rolling for this record that we will be releasing on March 11th 2017. "No Wolves" Not a bad first day of recording in the end. In fact just plain amazing!!
More to come, thanks for checking in.