Exciting news - a new album is almost ready!
And it seems like a long time ago we started on it. If I didn't hate the word with a vengeance I'd probably call it a journey. If I do that just shoot me now.
But back at the tail end of 2020 when we released the first song - I'm Going Fishing - from an intended acoustic blues album, we really hadn't grasped quite what the scale and length of the pandemic would mean to music-making.
As gigs and proposed tours were successively cancelled we continually postponed: there seemed little point in releasing an album when you couldn't get out and play people the songs. That was partly why we diverted in 2021 and instead released the retrospective collection A Little Something From The Attic.
But now we're back and rolling. The album that started life in October 2020 is finally coming to fruition. We are in the final stages of mixing the final songs. The first release for this year will be the song Born To Bad Luck, due on May 14, followed by the full album timed for a physical release at the Port of Tauranga National Jazz Festival over Matariki weekend at the end of June.
I'm going to write regular blogs about the recording process and more over the next few weeks. In the meantime let me fill you in on some of the basics...
- The album is called Workhorse
- It contains 10 songs, including I'm Going Fishing, Highway 29 Blues and SunDog
- 9 of the songs are mine, one is Nigel's
- It was recorded entirely at The Boatshed Studio, Whakamarama, New Zealand
- Sonia is currently taking a break and doesn't feature on Workhorse
- The only musicians from outside the band are two keyboard players, Alan Norman, who played accordion throughout, and Grant Winterburn, who contributed piano and Hammond organ, one song of each
- The cover art is from a painting by Edvard Munch