Paul Burch has a great essay on the Bloodshot Records site about this new record and the vagaries of the music biz as well as the difficulties recording and creating music. I’d recommend you go visit and read it if you need a little inspirational pick me up. But in brief it says how three people gave him the will to continue with music and the recording of the new record East To West. He thanks Ralph Stanley, John Peel and Mark Knopfler. Here’s an excerpt:
So–there you have it. The business can go to hell and it probably will, but Ralph, Peel, and Mark live on. I don’t know if I could have made this or any other record without them. If it only sells five copies, I know three great voices stepped forward to say ‘don’t stop,’ probably because they’ve been there. I hope I can do the same for somebody else sometime.
I’ve only heard this one song but with song titles like “John Peel”, “Little Glass Of Wine” (w/Ralph Stanley) and “Before The Bells” (w/ Mark Knopfler) it’s a pretty safe bet. Pre-order here through Amazon.
P.S. More news from I’m From Barcelona over at Swedesplease if you can believe it it.