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With his first recording as artist and bandleader Blyss brings NOLA, OAK & MPLS together mixed with what has become his own voice.
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There are few things that I enjoy more than a good story and helping other artists to tell theirs as a bassist in their band. However, the time has come for me to also tell my own story. I've always wanted to make a fully produced CD of my own but life always seemed to get in the way, I put the thought out of my head, or it just wasn't financially within reach. Things are different now, and I'm pushing forward with a lil' help from my friends. (Lookin' at you ;-) 

Much of the foundation for the record is complete. The rhythm tracks and most of the vocals are done, and it feels like I've come full circle. From artist to sideman and back. I've called the record "St. Ann" after the street that I grew up on in New Orleans, the place where I learned how to play music. It is where I experienced music fully for the first time, and there are two songs with a very distinct New Orleans vibe. The record explores themes of love, humanity, culture, and, of course, "groove."

My goal is to finish this record and to share my story with you. The team and I thank you in advance for contributing to this goal!

The core of the Brother Theodore Project is: 

  • Cam Perridge - Guitar / Co-Production / Mixing / Engineering
  • Eamonn Flynn - Rhodes / Hammond / Hats
  • Scott Keller - Drums / Smiles
  • Ted "Blyss" Gould - Drums..no, Bass / Vocals / Bad Jokes

with 

  • Nate Cameron - Gumbo Hooks
  • Daniel Casares - Horns / Day Time Soap Star Good Looks
  • Sanara Pippins - Ultra Soul Songstress
  • Tamara Gillette - Ultra Soul Songstress
  • ????? That MPLS guy

"The 504" - Debut performance at the Empress Theatre in Vallejo. It had a bit slower and as soon as we started I thought it was too fast. Wrong... it was just what it was supposed to be and this groove became the foundation that you hear on the record.  

"The Space Between" was written on this 1908 Webster piano which is rumoured to have been played at one time by novelist,  Jack London. 

The Brother Theodore interpretation of "Alison" written by Elvis Costello. The album version includes the haunting and soulful backing vocals of Sanara Pippins and Tamar Gillette.  I remember hearing this for the first time on the radio at the house on St. Ann. I think it was B93 fm. I was just floored by how beautiful the melody is.  I started playing around with a solo version that I could sing and play. The limitations of a low register four stringed instrument forced me to come up with "Jazzier" voicing which I've fallen in love with. 

In the studio.  With coffee. 

Risks and challenges

Challenges? We're only expecting only good things. But....life happens, schedules change, emergencies, etc. We expect to stay on schedule (who doesn't) but if anything happens to delay the release of the record or delivery of any of the rewards we will keep you in the loop and make good on our commitment to you for your support.

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