Stylistically creative, lyrically poignant, instrumentally interesting, vocally and harmonically exciting, heartfelt MUSIC.
*CD may be available at concerts.
Eat, Drink & Sing came together with a magical stroke, a coincidence in events, and songs that just seemed to fall into place. Bear Dyke, my friend and the founder of Mira Winery, was in the process of launching his fantastic wines to the world. At the same time, I was in a very creative space, and had recently written a song that he and I were both wild over, “Words Just Ain’t Enough”. There just HAD to be a way to work the two things together…after all, who doesn’t enjoy a glass of premium vino while listening to music? That proved our answer…I would record a disc of cuts that could accompany the Mira wine experience, and Eat, Drink & Sing was born.
The material that makes up the disc came together quickly; some songs had been recorded earlier but had remained unreleased, including Words Just Ain’t Enough, Living Slow, Another Round, The Back of her Hand, One Picture, and the J.D. Souther song I’ll Be Here At Closing Time.
As an added bonus, Eat, Drink & Sing features an outtake, Too Drunk To Say Goodbye, from my former group One Flew South. This, in itself, makes the disc extra special, as the band had been signed to the legendary Decca Records in 2006. This track is a special moment from a special time, and it deserved to be unveiled.
Also on Eat, Drink & Sing are new songs; the honest, pained lyric of Hold On To You, the sprite realism of Somewhere In The Middle, and the countrified blues of Alcohol Heart.
The production approach kept the material acoustic (there is one electric guitar solo, for the fun of it), which honors the true nature of these songs in their original habitat. The voice at times is raw, and the arrangements are adventurous and free to roam.
Producer Dave Matthews and I discovered things about this music. We discovered our mutual love of powerful musical presentation in small packages, and a poignant, expressive lyric to go along. In that process, as happens in the organic science of brilliant wine, art happened – meaningful, welcoming, and oh so great to experience over, and over again.