are five songs we recorded at Mountain Ears recording studio in Boulder.
We were going for a pretty organic sound, and I think we got it. Buddy,
for example, insisted that the drums be recorded with just one microphone,
overhead. We recorded more songs than these, but these are all that
The story of how we came to possess these recordings is pretty amazing. Here's what Barry Lee, a DJ in the Lawrence/Kansas City area, wrote to me:
"about 2004 or so, kory willis told me that he had a reel to reel tape of billy's he had found when KAW radio was in the basement of liberty hall. i believe someone had indeed thrown it out. he mentioned it to me one day when i was in love garden and i told him i had just bought a studio tascam reel to reel from a studio that went out of business in lawrence. i transferred the tape to cd for him and gave him a copy, and kept one for myself to play on the radio. (i'm a dj at KKFI in KC). "
Ultimately, Billy was contacted and got the tape.
Jimmy Ray Law plays all the acoustic guitar.
Buddy plays all the drums, as well as the mandolin parts.
I play the upright bass.
Below are the only two photos we have of that recording session, both of J.B.
|Shine, Shave, Shower
- Junior is featured on this Lefty
Frizzell number, and we achieve a very nice vintage swing feel, I think.
He plays the electric guitar and Bob plays the steel guitar.
Your Name Still Lingers (on My Lips Tonight) - this is a song I wrote, inspired by a phrase uttered by Jimmy Ray when remembering a young woman's charms from nights before. Bob plays banjo and Junior plays steel. I wish someone had told me I didn't have to "put on" a bluegrass twang in my singing. Buddy sings the high harmony.
(Could it Be Your Love for Me Is) Out of Season - Jimmy Ray Law wrote and sings lead on this song. I take the low harmony and Carol takes the high. Junior takes the six-string electric, Bob the pedal steel.
Janet's Tune - an instrumental song that Billy wrote (or borrowed). Junior takes the pedal steel, Bob the six-string electric.
Truck Driver's Queen - a staple song of Junior's repertoire, originally done by Reno and Smiley, I think. Bob plays pedal steel. I take the low harmony, Buddy the high harmony.
One of the pieces I borrowed from Carol was a couple of contact sheets of an entire photo shoot, taken on a live gig.
One of the wonderful things about the digital age is that you can image a contact sheet and easily enlarge the tiny little rectangles - and they look pretty good!
All of the photos are individual shots. You see "X"s on some, meaning that we chose them for printing.
There are too many to put on this page, so you can click to look at them if you wish.