I’ve been patiently awaiting the delivery (albeit a digital delivery) of the mastered version of Audio Guide for my review. Admittedly, patience and I know very little about each other, so we’ve been taking some time this morning to get formal introductions out of the way.
Who am I kidding, I’ve been so anxious to get my ears on this thing that I stretched out my run this morning an extra couple of miles in the hopes that it’d curb my impatience. It didn’t work, but that’s ok. Part of my goal behind this new site is to keep you guys in the loop about the recording process, from studio to release, and I guess my anxiety is as big a part as the rest of it. With the help of compadre Matt Powell, and studio wizard Britton Beisenherz, we were able to pull in some top notch players and put together what I believe to be a really remarkable album. Now that we’re about to reach the final step in the physical recording process– the completion of the master– it’s almost time for us to start looking toward the next step: marketing.
I know much more about music than I do marketing, so some of it will be out of my hands, to say the least. While letting go of something so important to you is a little nerve wracking, it is a necessity. We’ve got some really cool ideas in the works already, and I’ll be back to share them with you when we get a little closer to rolling them out to the launching pad. What I can tell you is that I’m excited. Really excited. More excited than I’ve been about anything in my musical career. I think those of you that have been tuned into me and my music can probably tell. I’ve never been too adept at hiding my excitement about things. Especially this thing, so I’m not even going to try.
Speaking of studio work, Josh Grider played some of his new album for me recently, and I have to say it’s utterly incredible. Josh and I have always stayed pretty close when it comes to our musical adventures, and for some reason, our steps have always seemed to fall in line when it has come to pushing our careers forward. I’m really going to enjoy watching this next album push Josh in the right direction– a record as solid as his will only help to put him head and shoulders above a lot of our musical competition out there. That should come as no surprise to anyone– he’s really one of the best things going out there.
In other news, Rodney Hayden and I continue to push The New American Voices tour into places relatively unknown for us. We’ll be heading off for shows in Germany and Italy soon, as well as a show at the Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe in Galveston on July 31st, the day before we wing our way over the pond. I’ve been wanting to get into a room as venerable as that for a long time, and I’m excited that it’s on the horizon. Touring with Rodney has been nothing short of a superb experience. I think our music is very complimentary on stage.
Well, back to pacing. It shouldn’t be long now!