A Tale to Tell

A Tale to Tell


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  1. Roll Call

  2. Flirty Skirt

  3. Phelps Flats

  4. The Bells of Tina's Kitchen

  5. The Queen's Bog Roll

  6. A Tale to Tell

  7. Liar's Lullaby

  8. At Every Twist and Turn

  9. That San Francisco Freak

  10. Maybelline

  11. EL Majestic

  12. The Piping Plover Waltz

  13. .......and why not?

  14. When the Whistle Blows

  15. Nokie's Blue Bottle

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Album Description:

My second CD is very much a quantum leap from my first one, "Crossing Crystal Lake". "A Tale to Tell" represents all the musical influences that have affected me since childhood, and like a 'reduction' in cooking, the flavors are condensed, robust and, I think, very satisfying. Unlike 'CCL', which was totally instrumental, this one contains instrumentals, 4 vocals tracks and lots of bottleneck in solo and overdub form. There's even drums and upright bass on a couple. The compositions (all original except for a cover of 'Maybellene') are as diverse in their rhythmic and tonal structures, as they are in their musical style derivation. There are a couple of waltzes, some 'straight 4' blues, heavy 2 & 4 rhythm pieces, etc.Whether or not there are drums on a track, there is never a doubt as to 'where and what' the groove is. My lifelong fixation with drums and bass helps with that. I've also sprinkled in some 'orphan licks', as I call them. I knew, many years ago, that some of these tunes would never get any longer, but they have always felt 'right', so I used them as 'bumpers' to lead away or lead into another longer track. I think they add a lot to the flow of the cd. I almost always end up recording songs on the instruments on which they were written. The use of 6 very different kinds of guitars on this recording only adds to the diverse palette of aural textures contained herein.

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