Sophisticated songwriting, presented in the most elemental manner; one voice, one guitar.
The clean simplicity of the cover of "Voice and Guitar" speaks to the elegant approach taken in presenting the musical contents. Unadorned and direct, allowing the songs to stand on their own merit without distraction. Recorded and produced by James Hurley, mixed by Michael James (New Radicals, Robben Ford, A.J. Croce) and Matt Forger (Michael Jackson, Simon Lynge), and mastered by David Donnelly (Aerosmith, Nelly Furtado, Journey), this is an album that celebrates the essence of the song.
Includes three songs from past albums as well as material written expressly with this recording in mind. Of the songs from prior albums, two; "Mountain" and "Walk Away", were originally recorded in a fully-produced band context, the third, "Whisper", in a fairly stripped down manner. But all three have evolved as solo arrangements through years of performance. So they, along with every other song on this album, are presented in exactly the same intimate manner audiences hear them at shows; nothing but Voice & Guitar.
Sparkles with honesty, depth, humor, and heart. Stories of a world that is sometimes amusing, occasionally maddening, and often inexplicable. Told with musical and lyrical imagery that captures the imagination and paints pictures for the mind's eye.
When I first set out to put this album together I had a whole bunch of songs written and no clear idea which ones I should record. So instead of carefully selecting a dozen or so and rolling up my sleeves and going to work, I just began recording...one song after another, hoping and trusting that somehow during the process the songs themselves would determine which ones belonged together...Well, they did indeed, and "Tempest in a teacup" is the result.
This album covers a lot of territory in both musical style and lyrical content and it's quite possible some people might take issue with that...More than once it's been suggested that my career would be much better served by focusing on a single genre or style and pursuing that as a brand or a product...Probably true. That approach has worked really well for a lot of very successful artists. But for me, these albums represent the living of a life. And it seems perfectly reasonable and appropriate for them to be multi-faceted...'cause that's how the life we're living is...It's a journey from laughter to tears and back, with stops at every station along the way. I dunno, makes sense to me ;^)
So anyway, I really do hope you enjoy this collection of songs. And I hope something here gives you pause to think, reason to laugh, or perhaps even brings a tear, 'cause if so, the connection's been made and that's really all I can ask of a song.
Melody and imagination take this song-oriented acoustic guitar based album well beyond the genre of singer-songwriter. "Jazz-like virtuosity on acoustic guitar" - minor 7th Magazine.
First let me say this record was a helluva lot of fun to make. It was recorded in a very short, and intense, period of time using the most fundamental of recording techniques. We used microphones to record real musicians making actual sounds on musical instruments...and other things. We even invented a thing or two, kind of a "make it up as you go along" approach...very creative atmosphere. Combine that with the caliber of musicians I was lucky enough to work with, and the degree of commitment and participation each of them brought to the sessions and wow!...something wonderful happened.
About the songs...Each and every one means something very special to me...I chose to record these in particular for that very reason, and hopefully, that'll be apparent when you listen...Thanks for taking a look,
Blues, Jazz, and Rock with an earthy, rootsy feel polished with memorable melodies.
To my way of thinking, this collection of fifteen songs is an album in the truest sense of the word. Each song is like a photograph. It's a time, or a place, or a feeling, that's been captured in music. The styles of the songs range from rock to jazz to blues and pop, which reflects the huge wellspring of influences from which they came...
I should probably mention that this was never intended to be a commercial release, it's actually a collection of "Demo's and Sketches" that I put together as an archive of places I'd lived or visited musically. Two of the songs (Whisper and London Bridge) I ended up re-recording on the subsequent CD "The Sun and the Moon"...the fidelity was better, and I was able to flesh them out the ideas a little more, but these initial recordings retain an indefinable "something" for me, so I decided to retain those songs on this most recent edition as well.- J.H. 6/06
...By the way, for those that enjoy the acoustic side of this album, here's a link to another album I have available here on CDBaby!