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Today is release day!
My first solo album ‘Sausage Dog’ is available on all streaming service, today!
The album was recorded in a home studio from April – October 2020. It’s a solo album from start to finish. I played all the instruments, programmed all the computer stuff. Recorded, mixed and mastered it. As I write this, it feels like a bit of lonely experience. That’s what a global pandemic will do right?
During its production I’ve learnt a lot about recording, mixing and everything in between. I’ve learnt that my kids are guaranteed to run down the hall just before you finish what would have been an awesome performance. And so I’ve learnt that I often just had to do it again. Or perhaps that the dead of night was a better time to record. Just don’t wake them up!
It’s my first full length, solo album. I’ve been wanting to do this for some time now. So why not when locked in a house, home schooling your kids during a pandemic? Slightly mad, very naive, I thought that I’d knock this out in a month. It took me 7!
The songs are all centred around acoustic guitar with relatively simple arrangements. I generally refer to the style as blues guitar but there’s a lot of jazz and folk influence in the tunes, with a big helping of finger style guitar.
I have been playing many of these songs at live gigs for the past year or two. Over that time they have evolved a lot. Improvised parts have been locked into the arrangements, instruments that I don’t have live (acoustic bass, strings etc.. ) have been added albeit in a very subtle way. Ultimately I wanted this collection of songs to be simple, acoustic guitar and not much more. Sometimes I just can’t help myself though.
If you have Spotify, Apple Music or similar streaming services have a listen this weekend. If you’re into CDs, I’ve got you covered too!
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