The Buffalo Hotel
A place For those on the long road
A couple of months after starting the recording of Buffalo Hotel, I had the good fortune of traveling with two musical pals to Florence/Sheffield Alabama, home of FAME Recording Studio and Muscle Shoals Sound.
As many know...some of the greatest popular music in recent history was recorded at these two studios in the 60's and 70's. From Aretha Franklin, Wilson Picket, Etta James and Willie Nelson...to The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Allman Brothers, Paul Simon, and Bob Seger to mention a few. We also visited many legendary musical spots in Nashville, as well as Sun Studios (Elvis and Johnny Cash) and STAX records in Memphis home of Southern Soul music.
Upon return and resuming recording, I realized that I had been haunted in the best possible way by the places I had visited. It was an affirmation of sorts, that those places, where that music was created and had been such a big part of my musical schooling, really existed...It wasn't just some teenage fantasy. The good ghosts of those places and that time stirred something in me, and the music I was recording. When talented producer and multi-instrumentalist John Ellis came aboard to direct the completion of the project, I knew I had found a kindred spirit with the same reverence for the music of that time and place.
Rock, Folk, Country, and Southern Soul…Muscle Shoals, Nashville, Memphis with a little California country thrown in, weave together to form the fabric of this recording. Our love and reverence for the music of those places and times, I'm hoping will find you when you spin this album.