All Is Sideways release to be announced. Experts say album available “soon.” Place your order now!
UPDATE: All Is Sideways is out. Order now!
What began ages ago as mere inklings of thought, vague notions of concept, and a few sparse melodies has now â€” at long last! â€” become a physical reality. The audio is mastered, the artwork polished, and the replication of my album has begun.
In a few short weeks All Is Sideways will be available in a variety of digital formats from the gamut of major online digital retailers, but those that preorder a CD will receive the album first (and signed too).
If you have followed the progress of this album, you know what a long, troublesome, and strange process it has been. The project began with a chance encounter with Jared Ribble in Nashville years ago while on tour. As time wore on and the tour meandered about the country, more chance encounters with musical friends (new and old) led to the creation of key components of the album. All Is Sideways features dozens of players in as many places playing all sorts of instruments. In as much as America is a melting pot, so too is this album a sonic stone soup. The individual tracks may seem too disparate to make an album, but one thing rings true for these songs:
They are part of me.
Time and again Iâ€™ve nearly given up believing that Iâ€™d ever finish this project. Attempting to make an album, one with your heart and soul embedded in the ones and zeros, can nearly break an artist. That goal is even more difficult when you’re a lone vagabond. You end up questioning everything â€” every note, phrase, idea, inclination â€” and not being sure of any of the answers you come up with. I found myself in a cyclical pattern of creating things, building layers, finding problems, giving up hope, discovering clarity, trying again, learning more than I wanted to know, rethinking my songs and myself, driving long silent hours on the road, questioning my purpose and plans, and eventually coming to terms (I think…) with the process. Album making is like psychotherapy, but the lines of professionalism and privacy get messed up because youâ€™re both the patient and practitioner. Itâ€™s a head game and your results get published. Humbling.
So you can imagine why, even after all this time that Iâ€™ve had to work on the album, I feel a bit reluctant releasing it into the wild. While Iâ€™ve been really eager to get this album out there to you, my friends and family, part of me doesnâ€™t feel ready. But as my friend (and engineer for most of the album) Lynn Graber often says:
â€œAn album is never done. Eventually you just have to let it go.â€
Heâ€™s right. Iâ€™ll never be finished with these songs. Every time I play them, listen to them, or think about them, I discover something new â€” a note to work on, a finer nuance to express, a deeper meaning of a lyric, a greater understanding of myself. I supposed thatâ€™s a place of growth or maturity or something else profound. In that regard, the songs may never be done and thatâ€™s probably a good thing.
Finished or not, the perfect moment will never come, so Iâ€™m letting the album go. Here it is: the button that lets me know that you want to hear what Iâ€™ve made for you. 😉
Track list for All Is Sideways
- â€œAll Is Sidewaysâ€
- â€œDrift, Drift, Driftâ€
- â€œDeath of Seasonsâ€
- â€œMedicine Manâ€
- â€œOceans of Bloodâ€
- â€œCome On Up To The Houseâ€
- â€œGolden Slumbersâ€
- â€œIf Ever In Doubtâ€
- â€œO Sweet Graceâ€
- â€œBring Me All The Way Homeâ€
Over the next few weeks Iâ€™ll be publishing more content about the songs on All Is Sideways via the internet tubes. Stay tuned.5 Comments >