Mike grew up near Chicago, where he played in Blues, country, and rock bands and occasionally provided backup guitar for Blues masters including Sam Chatmon of the Mississippi Sheiks and Little Smokey Smothers of the Howlin’ Wolf Band. For about 40 years, Mike wrote and performed angst-filed folk songs about loves lost and opportunities wasted . . . and then he decided to lighten up a little. “55 and Sunny” is the result.
“55 and Sunny” is an eclectic, up-beat collection of 16 songs–fifteen new compositions and a new arrangement of a traditional English folk tune. The tunes range from swinging blues to raucous Balkan dance music, from Afro-pop, Celtic, and Cuban-influenced instrumentals to New Orleans-influenced R&B.
The album, recorded at Pepperhead Studios, features wonderful guitar playing by Mike, with Safa Saracoglu on percussion, John Huckans on organ, and drumming from Urie Kline and Craig Waltman. Visit Mike’s site for the latest.
“World Famous in Bloomburg” is Paul Loomis‘ third solo album, and the first full length project to be produced at Pepperhead Studios (Millville, PA). You can listen to samples here.
About the album…
Paul’s original goal was to have a product in hand by Thanksgiving 2014. Tracking began in March/April 2014 with initial drafts, then picked up again in late May and continued through October 2014, with a release on schedule just before Thanksgiving. Paul is a very prolific writer, and likes to let songs unfold on their own. Some songs that we recorded earlier in the process were later reworked once Paul heard them in context, and a few songs were dropped for possible use in a future project.
The whole time, Paul drove the overall direction and we just helped him achieve his goal given the timeline had in mind. We’d typically record on Fridays, do rough mixes on Saturday, then let Paul sit with the tracks for a week or so and built up from there. Traveling, family commitments and home/studio improvement projects made sure that we left plenty of space between sessions so we could have a renewed perspective each time we came back to the tracks.