Over the last twenty years I’ve been lucky, privileged
and fortunate to play with many of the greatest blues
musicians in the world. This CD contains just some of
those people. To put a project like this together
starting from scratch, recording everyone involved at
the present date, would be a logistical nightmare and,
more importantly, impossible to recreate
the essence of what each band had at the time of their
If, at first glance, you thought compiling a bunch of
tracks from cassette tapes would be a cinch, know that
you would be painfully, horribly wrong! Imagine twenty
years of practice tapes, live board and walkman tapes,
rehearsal & demo tapes, tapes sent to me in the mail,
given to me at gigs, late at night in parking lots, in
hotel lobbies and on planes... get the idea? But
here’s the kicker.... none of them was marked other
than the name of the band (and maybe a date or venue).
That’s right, no song titles or play lists...nothing!
Not even on the ones I recorded (what a bone head!).
This compilation represents over 150 tapes and months
on end of listening, editing and logging. Which brings
A WORD ABOUT SOUND QUALITY, HISS AND NOISE REDUCTION
It was not only very difficult to decide who and which
tracks to use as far as performance and mix was
concerned but also what to do about the sound. Truly I
wanted the sound to be the best it possibly could be,
especially because it would be Roseleaf Records debut
CD. That being said, I was faced with a real dilemma: how
much noise reduction (NR) should I implement? NR has
some advantages and disadvantages. It can take away
the 60, 120, 180, cycle hum as well as some very high
hiss, but as it does this it inevitably cancels out a
certain amount (sometimes a lot) of tone and nuance.
I decided to let the performances speak for themselves
and altered them as little as possible.
WILL THERE BE A VOLUME II?
I can’t say exactly what will be on Vol.
II because I haven’t put the final tracks together yet. However, there are several contenders including :
Distance Call”- Mark Hummel with Luther Tucker and Mississippi Johnny
Waters live at the Chi Chi in San Francisco 1985
“Buzzin”- Miss Honey and myself live at the Notodden Blues
Festival, Norway. circa 199? or in Byron Bay,
Noise”- Bill Stuve and myself live in So Cal 199?
The Fabulous Thunderbirds live at the Rhythm Room
2002-3? featuring Kid Ramos and Troy Gonyea
Also, I have plans to try and bring Volume II up-to-date by including some of Portland’s finest musicians on several tracks. I’m not at liberty to talk
about it at this point but I’m very excited about it!
More info later...... Jimi