III, Martian Acres new CD is in production at CDBaby and will be available later this month. The road to completion was littered with plenty of obstacles like inertia, technical issues and at times to much focus. It was important to step back and gaze from a distance at the work. At times it was not clear that the end was worthwhile. With an eye toward the future we are happy with this work and know you will be as well.
This photo is part of the artwork that is in the new CD jacket.
I have been working hard at finishing up a Martian Acres CD called "III". I pushed the approve button on the CDbaby page today so it is in the works officially. First I want to say I am glad I did not leave this music in the dustbin! It sounds really good! Most of it was recorded years ago and I never got around to finishing the mix and master process. That process was harder than i thought it was going to be and took many tries before it was presentable.
Many thanks to my songwriting group for their feedback on the mix's that kept me pushing this thing up the hill. I want to acknowledge Kelly and Max's steely resolve for not stringing me up! I did play these songs a few to many times in the house. Thank you and I love you!
In any case today I ran across a video I created with Kelly Shanafelt that uses music we produced some years ago. I thought it should be promoted because it is a cool thing to see. We took a shot for every piece of glass that went in and then synced it to the music. It shows the process of creating Kelly's unique style of glass art. Enjoy.
Phil Mislinski took this great photo and dropped in some interesting comments. John Jonaitis of the band Funky Weather was wanting to know what the heck i was playing! Dude I am in the key of Bob Storian!
I sat in with the band at Manhattan Middle School for a fundraiser to aid the school band in buying instruments. It was a great success with many of the band students joining us on stage to perform.
This show was also my first experience of using my Boomerang Looper as a solo performer and it was fun! This is a very deep instrument that i hope to use in more live situations with other musicians1
Lisa's new CD is a collaborative effort that showcases her fantastic voice and lyrics written with Lisa Simmons and Bob Story. Check out her live version of Bring the Love from an ETown Hall concert.
Dennis's first solo album is a great collection of songs. Check out Open Up Your Heart one of my favs on the CD performed live at ETown Hall.
It is a new year and Lisa Bell's The Italian Project is complete and soon to be a CD you can buy! I sat with James Tuttle of Airshow Studios today who mixed the music and finished the final tweeks to the CD. Fingers are crossed!
The many tracks making up the CD arrived from various world locals via DropBox uploads, DVD and CD deliveries. This CD is truly the work of many.
It began with Lisa Bell's desire to capture the love we felt after our trip to Italy in 2010 to tour and perform with Hippie Tendencies. Lisa, Lisa Simmons of Hippie Tendencies and I started by writing the songs via Skype upon our return from Italy. In 2011 after finding Mario Pagliarullo (bassist) living in Denver, a new LA, CA. transplant we where off and running. Mario helped us get the form and feel down in the production tracks we sent out to musicians. Cesare Valbousa (drums) sent drum tracks back from Italy after jamming to the tracks produced here at OilPan Studios. Then Mario Pagliarullo in Denver sent bass tracks while i started adding acoustic, lap steel and electric guitar to the mix here.
Mark Oblinger helped Lisa capture her vocals at his studio and sent those files for inclusion as well. Lisa also made another Italy trip in 2011 to capture some background vocals from Lisa Simmons, Christian Codenotti and keyboard work from Marco Cremashini. It is a wonder how well the process worked using every bit of the technology available today! Thanks go out to these wonderful artists and musicians who make the CD rock and groove. Mastered by Domonique Maita of Airshow Studios.
Look for the CD on ITunes and around Boulder at our gigs coming up. More info can be found at www.lisabellmusic.com The artwork looks wonderful as well with the colors capturing for me the warmth and beauty of a drive we took through Tuscany.
Lisa, Maro and I are moving ahead with the Italian Project with drum tracks arriving daily from Cesare in Italy. Solid and inspiring they are going to be fun to work with. We have done most of the pre-production using Chris Sheldon of Great American Taxi. Playing a banjo drum kit of his own making helps with the groove and feel. It sounds so good we are going to use it on one of the new songs.
Wow! I can't believe it but I have found the best guitar pick I have ever played! My friend Tim Johnson gave me one of these Bigcity picks by Wegen in the Netherlands. It gives the most even tone of any pick i have played. Either the design or the material help make it feel just right for alternate picking. With other picks it has always been a struggle to get an even alternate stroke which i have always chalked up to bad technique on my part. This Bigcity pick seems to have solved that issue allowing the right arm to flow.
They have picks for mandolin, bluegrass guitar, large and small picks. He will do custom order sizes as well. Tortoise shell players seem to love the material.
This month i have gigs with Lisa Bell at Estes Park Performance Park
7PM-8:30PM, 417 W. Elkhorn Ave. on the 22nd and Nissi's in Lafayette on the 26th with Signel-Z. This is from 7PM-10:30PM. See you there!
I am letting you know about a new musical project I am working on. Please check
out the Italian Project video and the links to many of the artists involved. If it
does well I do well!
Consider joining Lisa Bell in this endeavor and become a part of our
Italian musical project. I am writing and playing guitar with Lisa as well
as mixing all of the music here at OilPan Studios. Here is a bit of the
It turns out that the Italian drummer I performed with last summer and that
we are working with now, Cesare Valbusa is also John Jorgensons (Hellecasters , Desert Rose Band) drummer when he plays Italy. Recently I was able to tell John about this connection while hanging out at "Guitar Town" which is 3 days of fantastic guitar performsnce at Copper Mountain.
We also have Mario Pagliarulo on bass who tours with Trevor Hall and recently played with System of Down artist Serj Tankian on the Jimmy Kimmel show. Lisa will also have Emmy winner, Mark Oblinger record her vocals at his studio in Boulder. Somewhere in this time frame
she is flying to Italy to have her friend Lisa Simmons of Hippie Tendencies add her parts. Upon her return it will be up to me to blend all of the tracks into a killer sound experience. Whew!
It is a great pleasure to be working with these individuals and your help
will facilitate this taking place so please sign up early and often. Please
pass this on to any and all fans of great music!
Most happy with a guitar around my neck though it is starting to weigh me down!