New plans for a new year

God willing and the creek dont rise an album release in April/May followed by a bunch of shows. I have began a partnership with Gijs at Harvest Music in Eindhoven who will be booking gigs and running a promotion campaign for the release of "Country Star" this year. I'm pretty happy to be on board they have brought some great music to Europe and run a tight ship. Down to Earth, no bullshit. After that I will be doing a run of shows in Australia then back for some more in Europe. In the meantime I'm busy recording another record. "Country Star" the new one is a full-blown studio album and now that I have got that off my chest I feel the urge to get simple again so I have set up a stereo ribbon mic in my dogbox studio at home and when the mood grabs me I sing a song into it. I'm pretty happy so far with those recordings as they are - most of them anyway. Some of them are asking for more sounds or the input of other musicians but a lot of them arent. That kinda stuff fascinates me once I get started - it's as if the song knows what it wants. Follow the song. And, well, I cant wait to get back to the place below. Nice full moon pic I found of the Macleay River



Studio 150 Live Show

We have have just been back to Studio 150 for a live recording session in front of an audience. This was just so cool.  We previwed material from the upcoming new album COUNTRY STAR and

tried sme new stuff out as well



Story Song Time

Ive done a handful of these. They are 15-20 minutes long. I place them on my youtube channel or on social. I tell a story or an anecdote, create a little film footage and play a song or two. This one is called "Jungle Perch". It's me and a childhood friend of mine out on the river fishing and spinning yarns. 



Taking it slow in mix-down

Zlaya is working from a semi-permanent studio in a hotel basement in Barcelona that he's recently moved into. I dont have a picture of him or his set up. Thats a bummer really he deserves some attention as his role as a partner in this adventure is crucial. But here are a few more pics of the SONG CREW I recorded with in Studio 150 in Amsterdam back in May instead. So yeah - getting started on mixdown took a while because Z was between work spaces, and now that he's into it its taking a while again coz it just does when you start trying stuff out. I like it this way tho. No deadlines. Do what you can when you can....and get it right is the motto. I just got a rough mix of a song from him today that Im pretty happy with it. Ive also decided to record a different version of it. So...the mixing is part of a circular process not a straight line to the finish...more like a meandering trail with some side-tracks and back-tracks and re-records as new sounds spark new ideas. Focusing on the finish line just takes me outa the process and away from dealing with what comes up as it comes up. And.... Im enjoying the process.... it merges mixing with performing. Getting it right. Everyone in a hurry - fuck that. We got all the time in the world (photo Misha & Madelief)


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