The Making of Slow Set of TrackOnly 500 copies of this release were made. The first 300 copies come packed in a commemorative wall hanging. Each album & wall hanging were made by hand. To see a video overview of the project & a step by step documentary have a look at the video below. If the video does not display below, you can find it here.
Detached, suspended, & truly lost in the standstill motion of transit; that is in essence what my train trip around the country was about & what led to the making of Slow Set of Track. A few different things converged & came to a head in my life the year following my pop's death, and the change that needed to be addressed seemed best done on a train. My heart had grown cold & my head loud, & a lifetime of bad posture had caught up with me in the form of a frozen right shoulder. For a long time prior to this happening my days were spent either hunched over a guitar, in front of a computer clicking away on a mouse, or at the ballpark throwing a baseball. When my shoulder froze up & my body shut down my physical therapist (after teaching me how to stand erect, sit proper, & trade in the mouse for a roller-ball) told me I needed to take a few months off from my normal routine. Not an easy task since I'm not one to sit still too long, but the timing was good since I was in need of getting out of town to air out my head & heart. I bought a rail pass on Amtrak & set out to visit what friends & family I have scattered across the states. Obviously it would keep me away from a guitar, computer, & baseball, but it would also force me to sit still, catch my breath, & center myself. The trip was only supposed to last two months but at the end of it I would find myself back in Tucson during a hot, muggy monsoon August - living in my friend Dan's garage.
Opting to avoid that scenario I put word out to my friends in Seattle that I was looking for work & lodging to get me through to Fall. Lady Luck blew kindly on my dice & I rolled into a part-time job at a screen print shop, & a bed in a buddies guest house. I got to share the guest house with a Gibson Dove acoustic guitar & after nearly 3 months of not playing, a few thousand miles of newly cleared out space in my head & heart, & some new perspective, songs started to fall out of me. I was spending my weekends hanging out over at my friend Graig Markel's studio where I had recorded 'In Seed' with him a few years earlier. He kept at me to get back in front of the mics while I was there waiting out the summer, & it just seemed like a no-brainer. A good friend & an amazing producer wants to throw some time my way? Um...okay!
Working with Graig is great. He's very talented & thorough, has great ideas, & keeps the mood light & things moving along by not letting you get hung up on yourself. I was also fortunate to have some other friends lend their talents to the album as well. Terri Moeller played some drums & did some singing. Carolyn Wennblom lent her voice to a few songs. Mara Cifronti translated & recited the story on Slow Set of Track in Italian. Jon Hyde took the album to a whole other level with his pedal steel & dobro playing. Even my good friend & bandmate from Tucson - Vannessa Lundon - made a trip up to sing on a couple of songs.
To me, making albums has always been about documenting a moment in time & expressing gratitude. Never has that sentiment been more realized for me than on this album.