These are the songs on my new release, "Ridin The Rails."
The Devil's Right Hand
This was written by Steve Earle, and a song I have always wanted to do. I recorded it at Pyramid Studio in Fresno, CA working with Rik Willmitch a very talented musician as well as a producer and engineer. This is not an anti-gun song, but one about a mother concerned about her son who became infatuated with pistols at too early and age. A rocker in the finest Human tradition.
Bad Luck Acoustic
I wrote this song in 2010. The original version is on "Best of the Human Project," released in 2010. I have always loved the song. The studio version is is ok, but some things on the track bothered me. I felt it was well suited to acoustic treatment. So, this is a sparse acoustic version of the song. I think you will like it.
I can't remember exactly when I wrote this. It was when the bitter partisan divide was just starting in the USA. I recorded it with a band in 2014 and It appears on my CD, "Human's Last Stand." I was not entirely pleased with the result. I thought it lent itself well to me doing an acoustic version. So I recorded it in my home studio around 2019. I got AC Myles to toss some lead guitar in. I added all the other stuff. I think the song is just as relevant today as it was when I wrote it. I think fans will like this version more.
This is a song by Tom Petty. I was encouraged to do it by my friend David Brown from the Fresno/Clovis, CA area. All the credit as far as the musicianship goes to him. He played everything. I tried to lay a decent vocal down. My roots are in the south and in Texas as well. I am grateful for his good work on this and felt like I wanted to include it on my new release.
Are You Sure Hank Done it This Way
I loved this Waylon Jennings song. I started messing with it in my home studio. I got a good basic track put down and what I consider to be a damn good vocal. I had David Brown come over and toss in a mandolin. I had some empty spaces on the track so I put a harmonica in. This was not my strong suit, but its there...raw and rollin. I think country fans and my fans in general will dig this.
Can't Let Go
I first heard this song on one of Lucinda William's first records, "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road." I liked it. All these years later, I started messing with it in my home studio and got a killer tone on my acoustic guitar, so I put down and acoustic track. It felt good, so I added a vocal and then tossed in a bass guitar and a kick drum. I got AC Myles to toss in a simple lead, and here we are...Can't Let Go. Simple and sparse. Enjoy.
This Land is Your Land
Yes, the classic Woody Gutherie song. I started messing with it one day around a 4th of July I think and I just recorded it. I played everything on it and just decided to include it on this release. I think it fits.
Stoned to the Bone
Back in the day, when the weekend would roll around it wouldn't be uncommon to hear someone say I'm gonna get Stoned to the Bone tonight. So, in honor of those days, I wrote..."Stoned to The Bone." You might get a little smile on your face if you can relate.
One of my favorite Jagger/Richards songs. Around 3 years ago, I just tore into it and recorded it. I played everything. You might be interested to know that I used a cardboard box for a snare sound. They used to to this back in the late 50's. Anyway, I think it has its own charm and feel to it. Enjoy.
That's the tracks to Ridin The Rails. Here is the link to get it.