I want to thank Andrew Hooker, owner of the cave studios In Liepers Fork,Tennessee.  Andrew has a true gift for music, engineering, editing, mapping, and all the tools one would need to make their songs stand out like never before.  His easy going, relaxed attitude, diversity in genre, and organization skills are a must for proper use of in studio time.  I hope to record with him again in the future.  In fact, I wouldn’t have been as happy with the final result of my first album, “On The Warpath,” without him steering the ship for me.  for more information on The Cave, or to inquire about some studio time of your own, please visit:

The Cave Studios

 

I met Dave Southwick through a mutual friend the summer I had planned to make this album. Dave and I began rehearsing, amd quicky developed a musical connection.  We fit in our style and influence.  When I shared the goal of the album, Dave was more than ready and willing to take part.  We spent the first week in Nashville tracking the songs with Eli on drums, working tirelessly.  Near the end of basic tracking, I began to realize I had found something in Dave with music I hadn’t had before.  As a bassist, he was not only providing a foundation to the music, but he was proactively taking a firm role in the development of the song.  The music was about to the music, not about the musicians.  I've played with many bass players over the years, but Dave showed me what an in sync rhythm section can be.  He is the core to this album because he organized it from me.  The best way to describe Dave and I working together is as if I am the brain with a thought or a vision as random and unpatterned as can be.  The thought is good, it sounds good, it works, but it’s all over the emotional map.  Dave is the hands that takes the thought and channels the emotion into an organized and complete sound wave, becoming a song other musicians can add their gifts to.   Its not hope Dave and I will work together on another album, it’s a must.   There’s not enough syllables in the words "thank you" for what Dave did for “On The Warpath.”  Check out his rocking bass solo in “Country Boy.”  You'll see for yourself.  

 

 

 

I would like to thank Tim Neill for coming to  Tennessee to join me for this Album.  Tim and I have been playing together since our freshman year in High School. Weve been through every decade of music together.  The fun and silly, to the deep and life changing.  We communicate best through our playing together, and for the most part, know each other a little deeper than most friends due to the connection.  I'm eternally grateful for his contribution.  Tim is a gifted artist, and his art is something to behold.  if interested, please visit:

TimNeil  to see some true beauty.

 

Abby Biser joined Tim and I in High School and the 3 of us have remained entwined with music over the years.  Her vocals on the album are debuted in "It was With You."  the song was written for my late wife in 2009, sung at our wedding in 2010, and subsequently at her service in 2017.  I don't believe there is a better fit for a duet than with Abby.  I also note her vocal contribution in "Libby Bell,"  written in memory of my daughter Libby.   

 

 

 

 Dan Tyack is an astounding and well known musician.  His pedal steel has been added to such a long list of albums over the years, as well as his constant live playing.  Based in Washington State, he lived in Nashville for almost a decade, working the clubs and studios and meeting many musicians who influenced me deeply.  When Dan rolled into town, the songs were sent to his headphones, resulting in one take or occasionally 2 to get a solid recording.  Being my cousin, I was so honored to finally play with this man.  I hope to play with him again on another album as soon as we can get it under way.  His contributions on "Prairie Moon," written for my late daughter and "Slow Drifter" continue to mesmerize my ears. If you'd like to hear more music from Dan, visit his YouTube channel:

Dan Tyack YouTube

 

Nathanael Howland is a self taught incredible Harmonica player.  I've known him since High School, and always enjoyed playing music with him.  His depth of sound and diversity is unmatched in my ears.  He can rip the blues, play the folk, country and the slower ballads.  His signature sound on "Libby Bell"  parallels a John Coltrane type feel of jazzy, roots blues with heartfelt twist.  I am so honored to have had him travel to Tennessee to record.  His sound is on 6 of the 9 songs of the "On The Warpath" album.

 

Brit La Palm Adgie joined the drifters in Tennessee as a backup vocalist.  She contributed to Vicious Highway and Dead River on the album, and tracked a 3rd track which was omitted from the final album.  The song, "Conman Railroad."  It will be released at a later date to preview the next album.  Brit has a unique voice which gave some contrast to a few tracks for me, and was a sound I immediately knew I would appreciate on this album.  she fronts the band Moody Hollow, as lead singer.  I am so appreciative for her contribution to this album and the support she wanted to give to the cause we embarked on.  check out Moody Hollows website at:

Moody Hollow

I would like to thank Ben Probus for providing the fiddle and mandolin for many of the songs.  Ben is one of the best violin/fiddle players I've come across.  After sitting through a song with him, I shared what my venture was regarding the album prior to tracking violin on "Prairie Moon."  I could see right off that Ben plays with the heart of giants.  His accompaniment on "It was with you" and the albums lead song, "Miller Hill,"  was phenomenal.  I hope to have him join me again for a follow up album when I am ready.  Ben has a violin repair shop and sells high quality, good American made vintage instruments.   He is also available for any studio work and all sorts of session work. Please visit his site to see some of his violins and if you'd like some professional studio musicianship on your album.

Ben Probus

Probus Violins

I would like to thank Jake Clayton for providing the incredible banjo tracks.  His skills are something to behold.  I couldn't believe my ears when he first laid down the banjo to "Crooked."  being my more personal of songs, I watched it transform into a magical track, beyond what I imagined.  Jake is a professional musician, with his own group and touring dates. He also tours with many country artists, s you can see on his site.  He provides session work for hire when he's available in the Nashville area.  I'm hoping to have him join me for some of the new songs I'm writing about my bloodhound and her adventures. Please visit his site for more information: 

Jake Clayton

 

 Eli Adelman has my respect as one of the best drummers I’ve worked with over the years.  Meeting him for this project was by a small miracle so to speak.   I went to school with his younger sister, as he was originally from my area on the north shore of Boston.  He's Nashville based now, in the music business, and I connected with him through his family while working at my sawmill merely months before the recordings.  i explained to him the project and  the cause, and he enthusiastivally agreed to help.  His giving to the album included 50 hours of tireless session work for the first week.  His 4 on the floor toms for "Dead River" are worth the waIt through the intro.  I hope to work with him again, and would recommend him for any live or in studio work.  For more information, or to inquire about session work with Eli, please visit:

Eli Adelman

 

Nichole Divietro joined us via Project Sound in Haverhill Mass.  Nichole first contacted me after reading my blog, and we had a shared interest in writing.  We were both experiencing cancer as a direct observer, and a friendship was struck rather quickly.   I shared with her my plan for the album and cause, With which she was very supportive of the idea. After hearing some of her piano playing, I asked her to join me on "Libby Bell,“ which was written for one of my late daughters.  When the time came for her to play, she had a rough idea of the song, but the official “mapping” of the song wasn’t discovered until we were in studio in Tennessee. With literally only a few hours of practice and listening, she was able to nail her piano solo on a Saturday afternoon in Haverhill.   I am still in awe of this today, and the piano solo will catch one‘s ears and envelope them throughout the ballad.   Nichole is a piano instructor and leads music at her husband‘s congregation in N.H.  I hope to work with her again on a project if given the opportunity.  it was the cause and the giving back from the album which hit home to Nichole, as well as others who joined the Drifters.  Cancer in one way or another has affected each of us.

 

It is with deepest gratitude I thank everyone who took part in the project for this purpose.  Without the experiences of the disease, I’m not sure all of our paths would have intertwined In this way.  I find it a mixed emotion to say I can thank cancer for the new friendships we discovered from it.  While networking the album post production, I’ve listened to countless experiences from others who wish to help with our project through sharing this.  

With a soft smile I merely say, ”Welcome to the Dead River Drifters, you’re among friends here.”