It was a good year for music. Of course being able to add my own release to the others has been fantastic. I'm a very lucky man and I know it. I've been checking out some of the other Best Of lists and not much what i've included here seems to be elsewhere. I guess that's ok. It's what makes the music world go around. I'd be interested to hear your feedback if you'd care to drop me a line. Or send me your list if you want. I'm always open to hearing great music!
This record is almost otherworldly for me. Sounds flying in and out, impossibly lush and beautiful. It’s no surprise to me to know that Tucker Martine had his mixing hand in this recording (as he does in Laura Viers record as well. Have a listen to my own Shotgun Pillowcase CD for another great example of his work). Neko Case is doing the heavy lifting. Her writing seems to perfectly balances the “I” and the “me” if that makes sense. A step outside of self-absorption yet still personal. Revealing but not all syrupy heart-on-your-sleeve confessional (ala Alanis Morrisette for example). Neko Case is a writer’s writer. I find her songs fascinating, insightful, intellectually challenging and soulful. Great production top to bottom, excellent musicianship and each song framed perfectly in its place. Forthright and honest songwriting coupled with a strong and clear woman’s voice. The album is not too long, the drummer stays away from the cymbals and the production is stellar. Really a winning combination here. I think this record is fantastic. And I wish that I could make a record with this musician yes I do.
Here comes my one Christmas song. Maybe I should add another? Perhaps next year. "Christmas in the Chapel" for your listening pleasure.
Check out the shows page, German dates announced - mostly with The Long Draw Band - plus a Prague gig.
Finally the Terry Lee Hale webstore is up and running. Click on the the Shop button above and it will take you directly to our site. I've added a The Blue Room (digital and CD), Frontier Model (digital), Wilderness Years (digital), the Tunnel Tree limited edition single and all the various formats for The Long Draw (digital, CD and LP). All prices include shipping. We have a company that handles all the money transactions and whatever denomintion you want to use. We don't have your credit card information here and don't even see it. We DO handle the mailing though and we're pretty fast in getting them posted right away. Check it out when you have time. Buying my music in this way is a great way to show your support and much apprecaited.