I spent the Winter of 2005-2006 in Keystone, Colorado, up there in Summit County close to 10,000 feet, in a cozy little cabin with belly-deep snow on the ground all around, and I had with me my faithful co-pilot, my little beagle hound Ditty, and she helped me straighten out a few wrinkles in the fabric of my life. Dogs are little guardian angels, as I'm sure you know. Right across the street from my cabin was a great little rock club, the GOAT Soup & Whiskey. The songs that eventually found their way onto this record were debuted at the GOAT...I also crashed back into the ravishing Miss K, and we wound up with our first baby, Amberly. This record and Amberly were both "released" around the same time, so I guess it was a fertile Winter all the way around.
This actual recording project was initiated by the encouragement and musical savvy of Justin Gage, and the songs found a home on his L.A.-based AUTUMN TONE label. This record was further nourished by the finely crafted guitar playing of Eric Martinez, who also drove my ass all over the Great Northwest while I was without a driver's license (both literally and spiritually). Those 2005-2006 Winter tours were rich soil in which we planted this music. Without Gage and Martinez this project never would have grown a spine.
So I wrote the bulk of these songs up there in the High Country, then I swung back down low, home to Georgia, to actually put the songs on tape with David Barbe--plus a fine cast of co-conspirators. It was particularly cool to reunite with Aaron Phillips on drums after nearly 20 years, and to work with David Nickel in the studio for the first time. And of course Eric Carter is always more fun than a barrel full of monkeys on methedrine.
"Those who are well have no need of a physician,
but those who are sick."
I call this thang LOVESONGS FOR LOSERS because for years I was chalking up quite a few in the L column--no license, no bank account, no steady source of income, no real place to live (just the kindness and couches of strangers, and the beds and stashes of a few close friends)--what Buddhists call my "Monkey Mind" had slung over its shoulder and kidnapped my Higher Nature; I was a fugitive from God and from common sense, an arrogant cock-rocker who thought he knew some answers, near-suicidally addicted to horseplay and heartache.
And music was my lighthouse. Music was the preacher and the teacher who never turned away or judged me. Music, in fact, became my religion of sorts. And music allowed me to reclaim my life and meet my wife. Music is a medicine, and Losers need music most of all.
"Those incur grave guilt who, by drunkenness or a love of speed, endanger their own and others' safety on the road, at sea, or in the air."
-Catechism of the Catholic Church
I still have a ways to go, and I'm humbly realizing how little I know about life or death or anything, but I'm trying to stay open-minded and learn a little every day, and I'm newly baptized in Love. So ultimately, yeah, this is a record full of Lovesongs (albeit of my slightly warped variety.)
My previous recorded project (Bloodkin's LAST NIGHT OUT) was political and hopeless and angry--so angry it became at times footstomping, doorslamming childish, which is ultimately a very selfish sort of behavior (though sometimes I guess selfishness equals survival)--and most every song was ripe with guns and lust and despair. It was an honest statement at the time, as I was in a warzone in my own mind--hated all of humankind, but most of all, myself. And you can't survive in that place for too long; you either have to die, kill, or find a way out.
And I did find a way. This record's about rediscovering the desire for Love, and the fear of Love, and the stench of Love, and the secrets Love whispers in your ear about the Devil. You gotta kiss the Devil and tell him you Love him. And that's how you make him cry.
released October 10, 2006
Produced by David Barbe.
Recorded and mixed at Chase Park Transduction, Athens, GA.
All songs written by Daniel Hutchens
and published by Wet Trombone Music BMI.
Except "Here Comes Ruby" and "Unconditional"
written by Daniel Hutchens and Eric Carter
and published by Wet Trombone Music BMI.
And "Haunting Montezuma", "Black and White Snapshots in the Bottle Tree Bar", and "Cleopatra Casto",
written by Daniel Hutchens and Eric Martinez
and published by Wet Trombone Music BMI/New Dusk Music BMI.
Featuring performances by Daniel Hutchens, Eric Martinez, Todd Nance, David Barbe, Eric Carter, Aaron Phillips, Paul "Crumpy" Edwards, John Neff, and David Nickel.
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