Mesa Bluemoon Recordings
It was the best of times, it was… the best time! ...for (my sons) Jonathan and Nathan, and myself, and for the music we have made together for years. We knew we were ready.
This was strangely similar in many ways to the social conditions of the period when I put together the "Will the Circle be Unbroken" album with my brother Bill and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band back in 1971.
We made this music in the midst of what some are calling the worst of times.
When Nathan posed the idea of recording together, we all agreed it was time, and he made the initial arrangements for when and where.
As that time grew close, we agreed that each person would choose three songs they wanted to do ,which would be supported by the other two, and then we’d vote on three more songs as a group. This album is the result of those efforts.
I am very fortunate to have spent countless hours on the road with my “boys,” traveling and performing. Jonathan and I..., well, it seems like we’ve done a thousand shows together. Nathan and Jonathan have done countless shows together, and I have put Nathan in hundreds of situations where it was just he and I. The ‘trio’? Not enough yet, but we've done a bunch of shows since 1994 which were great experiences leading to this album. I am proud of the men they have become.
Recorded at the incredible Tree Sound Studios in Norcross, Georgia, over a period of 6 days, the best category to put this recording in might be Americana; we look forward to seeing what others ‘call’ it.
Influences from classic rock, bluegrass, traditional folk, the Beatles, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band come together with this combination of both classic and original songs. Most songs were first take tracks, and we then ‘hired’ each other as our own session players for overdubs.
Each song has an historical and/or compelling reason to be there, other then just fitting musically. All vocals are done by Jonathan and Nathan, (they sing like brothers!) backed with us playing piano, acoustic guitars, high-strung acoustic guitars, open-tuning guitars, electric guitar, electric bass, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro and some of the percussion.