I started this new record several years ago in the dead of winter and finished it in the warmth of summer. I recorded my last album, Million Star Hotel, mostly by myself but I wanted this one to be a much more social effort. So I reached out to a bunch of my favorite people and asked them to help out. We didn't have rehearsals or make demos, we just played the songs right there on the studio floor at Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium and recorded them as soon as they sounded like music. The day that we started recording, my old friend Don Dixon opened the studio door as I was loading in and said “I'm here, what can I do?" and I knew we were off to a great start. I loved having Don and Mitch there to play, produce and cheer us on.
Everyone playing on this record is a friend—the kind of folks that you'd just like to spend long hours with—so coming out with some good recordings is just gravy. Brian Landrum and John Pfiffner were there a lot playing any instrument they could get their hands on. Brooks Carter recorded some terrific drum tracks. Lynn Blakey, Tonya Lamm, Ecki Heinz and Sara Bell sang and played beautifully. Crispin Cioe and Larry Etkin of The Uptown Horns added some totally rockin' horn parts to “Life Is Sweet." They toured with The Rolling Stones for a year and a half and knew the ins and outs of that kind of horn chart better than anyone. My old pal Cliff Retallick even sent some cool piano parts from his home in Los Angeles via the Internets.
This record is a southern concoction with elements of all of the music that we grew up hearing. I don't think it would have ended up sounding like this if we'd recorded it anywhere else. I figured that North Carolina is about halfway between California and London and just south of NYC, while still being distinctly southern and that the record reflects that. I can't wait for y'all to hear it.
We are putting this Kickstarter project together to ensure that the record ends up sounding and looking right and that it gets heard by as many people as possible. That means being able to finish the mixing with Mitch Easter, getting it mastered by Jim Demain in Nashville, paying for the art design and the manufacturing of the CD and having a little money to hire a promotion company and hopefully be able to make videos for several of the songs with some local artists. All of this stuff used to be taken care of by The Record Company. Things were much simpler then but that meant having to listen to The Company Man telling you how to make the record too. We were able to make this record for ourselves and work toward making it sound like something that we'd like to hear. I'm just a rock and roll fan and if I like it, chances are that some of you will too.
It's still thrilling and mystifying to me when someone comes to a show of mine or buys a record and I truly appreciate it. I hope you will consider joining us and helping this record see the light of day. Thanks a lot.
Jeffrey Dean Foster
Risks and challenges
Most all of the work is completed on "The Arrow." We were able to proceed with this recording on the good faith and generosity of some kind people but now it's time to make good on our debts and pay some bills. We are keeping the rewards fairly simple and easy to fulfill.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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