Please download the whole thing as flac or, if you use itunes mostly, alac, or something, and play it on headphones or at least semi-real speakers.
It's free, none of the songs are particularly indicative of what the other ones sound like. People think weird things like Tom Waits in it but it was more actually influenced by stuff like Neil Young, German cabaret music and Link Wray. I'm not a best foot forward person. Yuck. Who is? People who want you to expect things?
Recorded by Scot Michael with Billy Stern in Seattle, and by Billy and Hans in Saginaw, Oregon, summer 2006
Billy was in the northwest for the summer and convinced me to record my songs with him playing drums and to find a bass player. We wound up at Corey John's wedding and I asked Willis to do it. Willis didn't get to practice with us beforehand at all but he came and played washtub and guitarrón mexicano, though the latter he'd only picked up a few days before cos he found one in Gregg's barn; he was initially gonna play upright but we didn't manage to get pick up his bass from the Strangers' house in Olympia till after we got done. This recording got me some great offers over the years, most of which I failed to take advantage of.
Would like to remix and remaster, someday.
The CD still says "DEMOS" on it, but we never did a redoux.
There are two covers - of Hoyt Axton and Michael Hurley, respectively - and two 1960s traditionals I learned from my friend Percy Hilo, which is why I don't play them in a normal fashion. Contained are good examples of an idiosyncratic frailing, drop-thumb and up-pick, no fingerpicks guitar style I was using at the time.
Willis plays washboard on Green Rocky Road.
There are overdubbed additional instruments on a few songs, one or two scratch vocals left on for the sake of muttered, muddled lyrics, but it's probably as on-point as a box set you could buy of your musical heroes if you've got any.
Best of luck to you.
released February 26, 2007
hansa electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, violin, voice
billy drums, ukulele
willis washtub and other basses and washboard
reissue cover by arianne fredenberg, 2008
back cover by hans, 2008