Trouble Coming Down
January 2006: Bored with a one month retirement from the biz (10 year run of futility with renowned Albany, NY based COAL PALACE KINGS) Howe Glassman searches for and finally tracks down former CPK drummer Tim Hurst at a dairy farm in Clarkesville, NY and convinces him to put down milk and start a new musical endeavor. Being painfully lactose intolerant, Hurst agrees. Ex-CPK guitarist Jason Hughes was a tougher nut to crack after having made a small fortune over the holidays selling Pet Rocks to infidels. Flush with cash and low on desire Hughes nevertheless agrees to leave his estate and see what this Grainbelt thing is all about. Even at this very moment, on the cusp off worldwide adulation, Hughes vows revenge. The bass position had a much more difficult task of being filled, starting with a stowaway hiding in the overhead compartment, a foil ball with bubble gum for hands, and finally a solid citizen in the form of Mr. Chris Blackwell. We're still not sure what he does for a living. April 2006: The brake lines on the van are finally repaired and plans for touring commence. May 2006: DMV concludes that not all is Kosher with the van's registration and insurance and keep the band off the road until the fall. Geico left out a few minor details. March 2007: The band converges on the tiny hamlet of Round Lake, New York with producer-to-the-stars Brent Gorton and lay down the basic tracks for the debut CD. What was originally to be a tribute to the Old Perfessor Casey Stengel entitled Can't Anybody Here Play This Game, was scrapped after only one song (Wake up muscles we're in New York now) was committed to tape. Realizing the potential catastrophe of a record based on the life and times of a mediocre baseball player and over-hyped major league manager, the band quickly recorded their default songs and were on their way. August 2007: KranePool Records, in a moment of weakness, signs off on everything and the band blows the advance at a Happy Hour at the Regal Bowl-a-Drome. September 2007 : Trouble Coming Down is released to the masses. The roots rockers embrace it. The punks nod their approval. The folkies squint their eyes but agree it is sensitive. The heshers don't notice. As Casey Stengel once said, "You can look it up."