When John and Judy started making music together in the studio and onstage, the #1 record in the country was Roberta Flack's 'Killing Me Softly", and Bill Withers was #7 with 'Lean On Me'. After decades of studio and stage work, Judy's hit solo career, getting off the road and John’s retirement (or so he thought), they are now coming full circle to start something brand new. For the first time they are writing, performing and recording their own project.
The spark was lit by a conversation between John and Judy one night after having watched a broadcast of James Taylor and Carol King at the Troubadour in NYC. They decided that if they could make music with that level of mastery and magic, it might be worth the thought of playing again.
Not long afterwards, calls were placed to some musician friends who agreed to woodshed some songs Judy had written through the years. It was extremely fulfilling, so a showcase was booked.
On September 17th, 2012, a Monday night complete with torrential rain and a competing CMA show on TV, this as-of-yet unseen band drew a crowd of a couple hundred at 3rd & Lindsley club in Nashville. The captured audience roared its approval with two standing ovations. They received their first independent critique… a rave review from journalist Dave Carew which appeared in Nashville Underground.
After a few more gigs, Judy and John began to find discover a new muse between them. They had written one song together which was very well received at their shows, so they started playing around with more grooves, lyrics, chord progressions, melodies and keyboard sounds. Within a matter of weeks, several more songs were born that they both loved. And the labor was easy!
The next step was natural. Coming full circle, Judy and John went back into the studio and came out with music they created together for the first time. Listening to this project, it’s clear that after all these years, they saved the best for now.
John reported it like this:
“We have recorded the tracks. In my career in music, I have had "perfect moments", watching Rudolf Nureyev from the orchestra pit, seemingly suspend in air, gotten to play some really good jazz one night with Marvin Stamm sitting in, playing "The Pines Of Rome" where the orchestra played as one player, handing my tambourine to Sammy Davis, Jr. so he could sing "Mr. Bojangles" unaccompanied, played in a Memphis cover band where I met Judy. The music we created this week in the studio tops them all."
"I've been on the top of the Billboard charts, featured all over prime-time TV and performed on some of the biggest stages in the world. This is the best music I've ever made. Creating it now with John, after all our years together, is profoundly fulfilling. I can't wait for everyone to hear the magic."