Watch this on a mobile or tablet in fullscreen mode to get the best idea of what it’s about. The idea is that your device is part of the show. We shot this in fast and slow frames to give the idea of a person having a bad day and how it can seem that time is dragging for you while the world speeds by.
I have been getting back to the studio with some regularity, working with all the same trouble makers as before. The new albums in the works may take some time to come to fruition, but the broad plan is that the next one will be called ‘Black Sheep’ and will be mostly the punky-new-wavish stuff I write from time to time, after that there will be a guitar and singing only album, one with finger-picking and some flat picking then perhaps an Irish traditional music one.
So really there are about three or four in the works, oh yeah, right after Black Sheep there is another which is more like the first one ‘Cracked Up’ it’s of songs that weren’t completed or record ready at the time as well as some that came back from the dead via the Jody Smith files. In any case, there won’t be any shortage of new material on the way soon!
I was pleased to see my new album get a review from an actual music critic (as opposed to a music fan with an opinion) in the Sunday Business Post on the 26th of March. Johnnie Craig was the person who did it, a big ‘thank you’ to him – we’ve never met – for being so frank and pulling no punches.
The review isn’t stellar, a first outing usually isn’t the best you’ll ever make, but what it does do is point out some of the strong points with a fair dosage of the albums weak points.
I’m a sucker for that line about it sounding like ‘sun-soaked, dusty, free-wheeling Americana‘, I couldn’t think of a better set of adjectives if you gave me a month and a good bottle of bourbon to go with it.
I wrote a lot of songs in the time I’ve had, this is one from back around 2005 which I put down in a studio in 2007 and did a video of a year later. I never released the studio work but got the files and have had them remastered so they’ll be part of the 2nd album which is due out soon!
This is the stripped down, single take (that’s my codeword for ‘mistakes included/warts and all’), the studio version has the usual accompanying instruments in there.
New album ‘Cracked Up’ available on Spotify and iTunes
I’m very pleased to say that at last my first album is available on Spotify and on the iTunes store. Here’s the link to it on Spotify. I hope you will give it a listen and if you like it let me know (if you don’t like it you can let me know too but assume you’ll just listen to something else instead!).