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THE DAY I DIED

01 The Drive
02 The Day I Died
03 Storms In Texas
04 Long Worn Out List
05 Something
06 Reality
07 Tip Tip Tapping
08 Brand New Used Car
09 Before Six
10 Danger In Town
11 Jon Bodine
12 The Ballad of Mrs. Gruene
13 Where Am I
14 Zero To One
15 Take A Salary
16 Charm Blues
17 Dramatic Bio 
 

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CURRENT STATUS: In production, scheduled for 2019 release.

Having become fully immersed in the phenomenon that is Bob Dylan, I used part of 2006 to get out my singer/songwriter wiggles. For some reason, the idea of going in front of people with a guitar and a microphone seemed justified and I wrote these songs to provide a platform for that type of behavior. 2004-2006 presented me with multiple opportunities to be sitting in front of a campfire with an acoustic guitar, yet with my personal songbook, I had very few tracks to be able to pull from. In other words, The Day I Died was an attempt to remedy my lack of self-performable songs.
 
My self-imposed rules against predictable changes and even blues licks were put on hold for this record. This is was also a rare opportunity to visit new musical territory, the land of country music. What has been dubbed “New Country Music” is about as far away from what I’d like to do in life as possible. So I guess you could call a lot of this “Old Country Music.” In March of 2006 I saw Bob Dylan in San Antonio with the legendary Merle Haggard opening the show. This changed a lot of things for me.
 
These songs also mark an important step in my personal musical journey. I was 11 years out from my first studio experience, and I still didn’t have something that I felt comfortable handing to family or to people who didn’t understand the side of music I usually stayed on. While my goal was superficial, the results provided me with an opportunity to get better at telling a story and using chord structures that have been used for generations.
 
The title of this release, “The Day I Died,” was partially my personal acceptance that I wasn’t writing a big, elaborate record with mind-bending time-signatures and screeching guitar noise. I was giving in and doing something more socially acceptable. It was a time for mourning, or so I thought. It turned out to the closest thing to my only official venture into singer/songwriter territory. 
 
Despite its naivety, this record does have some cracking tunes in my opinion. "Jon Bodine" is a true story, to my knowledge. “The Ballad of Mrs. Gruene” may be the most coherent story I’ve ever written from beginning to end. The rest of this record serves as an example of what I can do if I decide to do something of a certain nature, and actually want to do it. 

Special Thanks go to Bob Dylan, Heather Dawn Fisher, those Every Other Fate guys and Ed Vedder.

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