After 41 years, I have recently learned a few essential things about myself and time in this aether. This great journey has led me to another song cycle. Another document of time. Another album. If you listen to this album start to finish, It’s a chronological story. While it’s not the album I thought I’d make, I love what we captured. It was a real, emotional trip for me. Frustration. Elation. In the end, the dust cleared in the studio where I had been sleeping, eating and creating. I was INSIDE the project. Leaving was difficult. After, I checked into a hotel to try and find my actual self again. To get back to normal. To resume life. This is what recording my albums are like for me. They try and steal me. But I won’t have it. They are the past. I don’t belong there. I look forward. I put the lid on the box and listen. The songs cry like little children. Begging for me to come back in. I don’t. I will revisit them from time to time, during live performance, and think about the time we spent inventing each other. Hampton. Fredericton. New York. Saskatoon. Edmonton. Lowell. Almonte. Pen and paper. Frequencies and flesh. Ones, zeros. How could I not. Like me, once they were nothing. In the end, undeniably, they are all essential Elements of me. Who I am. My history. My present. My future.
released September 2, 2016
Steve Marriner: Harmonica, Baritone/Electric/High Strung Guitars, Keys, Drums on Black Coffee, Vibraphone, Back ground vocals
Jim Bowskill: Acoustic/Electric/Slide Guitar, All guitar solos except where noted/Mandolin, Pedal steel, Violin, Back ground vocals
Darcy Yates: Bass
Matt Sobb: Drums, Tambourine, Back ground vocals (Matt plays Los Cabos sticks, Dream Cymbals, Casey Drums and Remo heads)
Ross Neilsen: Acoustic and Electric Guitar. Solos on Black Coffee, Devil Made You, Acoustic solo on The Arrow/ All lead vocals (Ross Plays Trinity Amplifiers)
Ed Lister: Trumpet
Brian Asselin: Sax
Kelly Sloan: BG vocals on The Race
Jim Jones: Good times
All songs Written & Composed by Ross Neilsen except:
Elemental: Music by Ross Neilsen/Steve Marriner.
City of Regret: Words by Ross Neilsen/Paul Reddick
The Race: Words by Ross Neilsen/Lisa Greig, Music by Peter Hicks
The Arrow: Music by Ross Neilsen/Steve Marriner.
Ballad in Low E: Words & Music by the legendary, Willie P. Bennett
Step into The Light: Music by Ross Neilsen/Steve Marriner.
Copyright Black Star Publishing
Produced by Steve Marriner
Engineered/Mixed by Ken Friesen
Mastered by Phil Bova
Raven painting by Marie Fox
Layout and Photography by Scott Doubt
Amplification by Trinity Amplifiers
Many thanks to the people of Fredericton for decades of support. Stephen Cohrs at Trinity Amps for endless patience in my search for tone. The Snooty Fox Pub, Secondspin Records, 95.7FM The Wolf, Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. All who supported this project through my indiegogo campaign. Friends and Enemies: thank you for compelling me.
Extra special thanks to: Steve, Darcy, Jimmy, Matt and Ken. Karl Gans. Alex and Kara Lee Golata. Paul Reddick. Peter Hicks. Ryan Zimmerman. Lisa Greig. My Mom and siblings. Everyone who gives me a place to play and all those who come to listen.
We acknowledged the financial support of the government of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick arts board. Made in Canada.
Dedicated to Johnny & June. Do the work.