CD: Transpacific Blues
This album came about as a result of my desire to record a few solo acoustic guitar instrumentals that combined both my blues and Hawaiian influences, music which I love and respect deeply and which has provided me with eternal musical fulfillment and enjoyment.
I recorded these songs with the help of my friend John Lawrence, an accomplished young engineer and producer based in Chicago who I have previously worked with on my General Delivery cd with multi-instrumentalist, Cliff Starbuck.
The sessions, which took place at John's Wicker Room Audio on May 5 & 6 2008, went incredibly quickly-but not hastily; we recorded eighteen numbers in one day and on the second session decided on the fouteen numbers represented here.
The process was swift and serendipitous: John set up two condensor mics in the room and I played as if I were playing for an audience , which is to say just going for it and having fun.
I utiliized a number of different guitars, each having their own unique voice that I felt would help to create a diverse sonic palette through out the record. These included a National Baritone Tricone, a Celtic Cross Weissenborn as well as a Gibson Hummingbird and a Tacoma koa wood parlor guitar
I had a blast making this album and I truly hope you enjoy it as well.
Peace & Aloha,
Recorded at Wicker Room Audio, Chicago, Iliinois, May 5 & 6 2008
Co-produced by Colin John & John Lawrence
Photgraphy by Wayne Greenwood, Southpoint Hawaii
Design by Julie Jade
All Songs 2008 CJB Music, Admin ASCAP except Banty Rooster and Feels Like Rain
A Review from Hookahheads Forum:
"After gettting my hands on Colin John's newest project, Transpacific Blues, I can't seem to take it out of my CD player nor get his music out of my head. Transpacific, where Hawaian style music meshes with some good old fashioned blues, is a must have for ALL music enthusiasts.
Colin really gave 110% when he poured his heart and soul into a 14 track instrumental masterpiece!
Words aren't needed nor missed as Colin layers every track with many sounds giving each song a "full" feeling if you will. I enjoy the Colin John Band material a good deal and General Delivery with Cliff Starbuck is an amazing album but Transpacific Blues has gone to a new level of CJ's attitude, style and amazing ability.
Make sure to pick this CD up the next time you see a CJB show or one of the many solo accoustic shows he does as well."
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