Producer/Sound Engineer: Tommy Detamore
Piano – Floyd Domino
Drums – Lisa Pankratz
Guitar – Wayne “Animal” Turner
Bass – Brad Fordham
Our Drummer Du Jour is Lisa Pankratz, another ACE drummer. I have less trepidation today and more excitement. And I’m wearing my Willie Nelson t-shirt so it’s gotta give us some more good luck, right?
We start out with recording an incredible song that my sister, Hilary Sloan wrote. It’s called “Angels That Promise the Stars”. My admiration for my sister’s creativity started when she was about 4 and has never really stopped. She is an amazing, beautiful soul and can write one HELL of a song. And this one is one that I knew I HAD to record the first time I heard it. And Floyd Domino MADE this song. I got CHILLS. I told Floyd that this was his song, and the rest of us were just backup to it. LOVE THAT.
You have to understand what I’m about (and if you’ve followed me online at all, you already know this). . . I’m all about the song. Period. When I demo-ed all of these songs for Tommy Detamore in a pre-production meeting, Tommy asked me about if I worried about isolating any of my existing fanbase (that would be those of you that are hardcore 1960s country and don’t want to hear anything else. . . . . and hey that’s cool, but country music is a LOT more than that to ME). And I told Tommy, “I want these songs to become what they ARE. I don’t want to try to make them into anything or try to do anything other than what they should be.” Tommy’s response was, “So we are making music for music’s sake. What a concept.”
So here we are, recording all of the rest of the songs on the album (except for “This Old Guitar” which we’re recording on Day 3 – just guitar and steel), and I have no idea how to classify this album but it’s me. It’s another collection of snapshots from my life – feelings I’ve had, mistakes I’ve made, and lots of good times.
Thank you. Thank you for letting me do this. Thank you for making this possible. I hope you love these songs as much as I do. I hope that you hear something that makes you feel – makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you remember some sad or happy time in your life. That’s why I write. That’s why I sing.
Very early on in the life of my “honky tonk years”, a fan came up to me after a show and said, “You sing like you want to be heard.” That’s it. That’s all. If you can hear me, then this is worth it to me.
I’ll post a pic of the Day 2 Crew later.