Back From The Crossroads (5:12)
Blue Sunday Morning (2:04)
When We Were Young (2:59)
Loosen My String (4:48)
Rebop Bounce (2:46)
When I Die (3:29)
How Long Blues (2:01)
River Run (5:11)
A Quiet Place (10:01)
Hoochie Koochie Man (8:03) (recorded in 2008)
(Rick Hales: vocals Chuck Lee: bass guitar Brian Bozzato: rhythm/lead guitar/mouthharp André Germain: lead/rhythm guitar)
All of these cuts are improvisations self-recorded in my living-room at various times between 1988 and 1995. I've never had a music studio or any fancy recording equipment at my disposal. So, armed with a couple of guitars, sometimes an amp, an old TEAC reel-to-reel deck, a casette deck and a single mic, when I got the urge to ego-trip, I set about trying to record some "stuff". Often a comedy, or more accurately, a tragedy, of errors. Get all set up, start playing and realize I'd forgotten to hit the pause button. Or forgot to hit the "monitor" button and all kinds of howling feedback. Or reach over to hit the record button and knock the mic over with my guitar. Or get halfway through a piece and the phone rings. Or often, get most of the way through and flub badly when my fingers trip over each other, a common occurrence. And then the logistics of trying to lay down a rhythm track on one deck, then feed that into the other deck while trying to record the other track at the same time. Near the end of "A Quiet Place", if you listen closely, you'll hear a dog barking... Well, here I was about 7 minutes into that improv, a piece I hoped to use as the soundtrack for a canoeing video I'd done, playing my venerable old Gibson SJ-25 with a RadioScrap lapel mic (I'd foolishly sold my Shure SM57) clipped to the right cuff of my shirt (talk about "off the cuff" recording!), pointed in the general direction of the soundhole of the guitar,trying to keep my pickin' hand at the right distance so as to keep the recorded sound fairly uniform, when old Shogun, whom I'd let out on a cold winter day, wanted in (can't blame him, it was COLD out there!) and was barking at the door. Almost blew that recording but I did my best to ignore him while keeping on playing the guitar. Could have taken his barking out with this digitizing software I'm now using, but hey, poor old Shogun died a while back and when I listen to this tune, well, it's like he's back here at the door wanting in. He was a good dog...
NB: These tracks sound MUCH better after a couple of snifters of brandy!!!
copyright 1995 by André Germain.