Ultimately, as the title suggests, this is a collection of stories. The feels may veer from Delta blues to a ballad or a shuffle, but it's all Americana-influenced tales gathered from family lore, personal experience, modern society, and political turmoil.
I feel lucky to have been able to work with some of the finest musicians in the area on this project. They helped to make this my favorite recording to date and I just want to give them a little shout out:
Larry Melton (bass) and Brad Kimes (drums) are the rock-solid rhythm section with Ryan Cullen coming out from behind the mixing board to make a cameo appearance on drums for “Little Napoleon”. Meg Murray and Dan Haas perform beautiful backing vocals, Tim Stanley (trumpet) and Jennifer Krupa (trombone) coming in with the horn section, and Erin Snedecor adds the gorgeous and mournful cello parts. Topher Sisson brings his magic to acoustic and electric guitars as does Ahren Buchheister, who also adds accordion, melodica, dobro, and pedal steel to the mix (a man of many talents). Ryan Cullen, owner and engineer at Annapolis Audio Lab, did an amazing job pulling it all together as co-producer of the project (and percussionist). Thanks to everyone!