Hey everyone, I just want to thank everyone for their support towards this album release. We have a couple more things we're working on before we release "The Moonshine" to streaming platforms, but I promise it's coming soon. I can honestly say I've never been happier with my career path as a musician and I'm beyond ecstatic over how these songs turned out sounding.
Iain McNally did an incredible job playing majority of the instrumentation, and the incredible musicians who accepted his invitations to be featured (Janna Leduc and Jay Riehl of Thorn and Roses, Rick Roach and Tony Rozic of Soul Tripper, Paul Intson, and Steve O'Connor) added so much to substance of each track. Paul Intson did an incredible job mixing and mastering, and I can't express how thankful I am to have connected with him. He's quickly becoming one of my favourite people to converse with.
As I write this blog entry, I have 2 copies left of the first batch of units that we made. A fun fact is that every unit of this album has been personally packaged by myself and Natalie. I don't know if I'm a big enough deal yet for that to make this album more special, but I thought I'd throw it out there. I want to thank everyone for their excited energy they've shown this album, it's a major confidence boost. I remember waking up one day during a time when I didn't have much going on. I logged on to Facebook and saw some people sharing their own incredible news. I started getting really worried that no one would really care about any of this, so I wrote "Don't Let Me Break", it's now the last track on the album. You've also proven me very wrong, and I've realized that I sometimes I just get really restless.
It's looking like "Love You Anyhow" is going to be the first single that we start pushing, which is a major piece of irony. I wrote the song in the days after walking off stage at a show to a guy telling me my band was 10 times better than me. I couldn't get a two syllables into the conversation at a time as he told me how terrible my gear was. He told me my Traynor Custom Valve 80 and Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin needs to be traded in for "a Marshall stack and solid body Gibson". In that moment I reached a new level of hopelessness and started doubting myself because it seemed no matter how much I upgraded, I kept having people in my hometown scene telling me I needed to upgrade. I started thinking I'd never be good enough. I thought about quitting for a third time. Then I started thinking about the first two times I attempted to quit and how miserably I failed at quitting. So I wrote this song about how I can go anywhere, but music is just a part of me and I'm probably going to end up playing there, somewhere (the first city I did this in was Nashville at The Bluebird Cafe open mic). There's a big world (Canada alone is big enough) outside of my hometown, and if I'm meant to fail, I might as well fail doing what I love across the globe. Thankfully, it was just life's kick in the ass that I needed to really broaden my horizons, surround myself with new people, adopt Wayne Gretzky's philosophy that you miss 100% of the shots you don't take. Just go for it and see what happens.
As my 2019 album got closer to completion, I started thinking it would be a neat idea to share an acoustic preview of the songs. Now I'm just going to do my best to put my candid thoughts here as regularly as I can.