This CD is my first since the release of NECK STOP in 2004 under the moniker HOO WUT Y. In the 80's I stopped following my own muse to work for other artists, mostly STU BLANK and MAN MACHINE. In 2001 I got back to doing my own music.
I love to sing but I'm primarily a songwriter/instrumentalist and wanted to take my new songs to another level. Happily, four talented Santa Cruz vocalist/friends that I approached came along for the ride. Naomi Wilder (VictorySweet.com), Russ Leal (Extra-Large.net), Stephen Snyder (ZunZunTunes.com) and Grammy nominated Tammi Brown (TammiBrown.com) knocked their contributions out of the park.
Guitarist Mike Schermer (Mighty-Mike.com), drummer Marty Dodson (NathanDJames.com) and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Snyder have been helping me with my tunes for about a decade. The rest of the artists involved are: Huntley Chamberlain - guitar, Jim Greiner - conga, Johnny Blimling - drums, Annie Steinhardt - violin and Bob Hertzler - organ, (Bob passed away earlier this year). All are creative friends, old and new, who helped make this journey a deeply fullfilling and fruitful experience.
Working with this gracious crew of cohorts washed away what felt like mountains of late-night frustrations, missteps and unavoidable delays. Allowing the CD's timeline to evolve organically and not rushing it enabled a couple of pleasant surprises to occur; like Tammi Brown who dropped into my life in time to add a cherry to the top.
I've also posted some songs from HOO WUT Y. Those players also include Laura Chavez - guitar, Fenton Murray - keyboards, Keith Crossan - saxaphone, Gwynne Cropsey - vocals, Allen Frank - guitar, Blaine Deaton - organ.
And I couldn't resist putting up one song "I'll Be Free" by RUSHIN RIVER from 1970. Those players are Bobby Kent - vocal, Steve Sunderbruch - drums, Bob Hertzler - organ, Steve Leonard - bass...and me on guitar.
Some of my songs tell a story or convey a belief; others serve up a rythmic or playfuful melody just for the groove, some both. When they're brought to life by musicians who can really deliver the goods, you've got a shot at something special. Pursuing those kinds of 3-4 minute gems has been my main motivation since the first notes and lyrics of this latest CD my popped into my head.