Fear of New Shoes
Back in the mid 1980's I purchased my first 'Chapman Stick', a 10 string iron/wood instrument. The transition from keyboards to the stick fueled a burst of songwriting, and I put a band together merely hours after getting the thing! Obviously, grooves and good soloists were a priority; Tim Green and I hooked up again....having played in other combinations, and with Coleman O-Donoghue on drums......we brought a decidedly 'un-NewOrleans sound' to local clubs. Well, with time comes change....and the original vinyl LP record documents our sound during the weekly gigs at the (now closed) 'Tyler's' on Magazine St. In New Orleans. With the arrival of Dennis Elliot on violin, James Cabiran on drums, and Carol Robinson on vocals we moved from long grooves to more 'athletic' arrangements that were a lot of fun to play! I don't recall if Tim and Dennis ever played 'live' together? But......their distinctive styles greatly enhanced the compositions. The new 'bonus' tracks on this CD feature my second stick, a 12 string version (6 Bass & 6 Guitar strgs.) with a decidedly more 'electric' sound. I find myself going back to a more 'groove' oriented style.....with a more 'uppity' Bass, and more tonal variation in the right hand (guitar strings). Now thanks to Four Cats/Radionic Records, the original stickband recordings (released in 1989 on vinyl only) are available for the first time on CD, along with 4 newly recorded 'bonus' tracks. The original recordings were engineered and recorded by Four Cats/Radionic Records owner Buzzy Beano, and he always expressed to me that he felt these 1989 recordings were 'great music' that needed to be heard. And like so many musicians of the period, we released the record on vinyl, right before vinyl disappeared! Thanks to all who listened, kept up with the changes, & may be listening still!! -Dave Goodman.