I know it’s kind of blurry right now– it’s hard to see things when they’re that far away… but out there, past where I’m pointing, just below the setting sun (also making it harder to see), and above that cloud of dust (hey McMurtry, are those buffalo or combines?)… do you see that?
It kind of looks like a new record.
And a book– wait, is that a book? It looks like a book, anyway.
So, here’s your update.
The recording of my next album, Fresh Water In The Salton Sea went remarkably well. I cut it at one of the best studios around, Ramble Creek (Austin, TX), and surrounded myself with a remarkably talented and able cast of friends. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. We’ll be throwing some things your way piece by piece as we lead up to the release– some behind the scenes stuff, some interviews, et cetera– to give you a good idea of how things went and what to expect.
The one thing you can definitely expect is a collection of really solid songs. I wrote five of the tunes on my own, which has been par for the course as far as my previous records go, but this time around I’ve also reached out to some of my friends to help shoulder the writing weight with me. So, on top of my five, you can expect to hear songs that I wrote with Walt Wilkins, Rodney Hayden, Josh Grider, Stephanie Briggs, and Rob Baird. I really love the balance that it provides, and I think it puts the album on a completely different level, literately, than my records have previously attained.
It sounds killer, too… but you’ll have to trust me on that.
Speaking of literature, I recently wrapped up the first draft of a novel which is intended to serve as a companion piece to the record. It will carry the same title, Fresh Water In The Salton Sea (tentatively, anyway) and I’m looking forward to putting the finishing touches on it. It’s been a really fun and rewarding process, and with a little polishing, I think it will stand up, quality wise, to prove an able match to its already strong musical brother. More on that as things develop.
So, if you’ve been wondering why I’ve been a little quiet on the blogging front, there’s your answer– cutting a new album, writing a novel, and keeping up with a hectic touring schedule. I apologize for keeping you in the dark, I just wanted to make sure we had some quality stuff on our hands before I let the cat out of the bag.
Well, technically, the cat isn’t out yet, it’s just kind of peering out of a claw-made hole it cut in the side of the bag. Paper, of course, not plastic.
In the meantime, I’ll be out there crisscrossing the highways and byways of the country, playing joints big and small in front of crowds of the same measure. Please do come out to a show and say hello, won’t you?
I don’t want to jinx anything, but it looks like Old Man Winter has finally split town down here in south Texas, so if that’s the case, here’s to hoping everyone has a wonderfully rejuvenating spring.
Thanks for your continued support, we here at Drew Kennedy Music (which is just me, really, but the ‘royal we’ is just so much fun sometimes) couldn’t do it without you.