From the Desk…Hello, Goodbye Part 2

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HELLO….GOODBYE Part 2

There’s nothing like on the job training, they say, and I gradually got conversant with the gear and the different skill set required to run the recording side of things. At the time, analog home studios were a rarity, so my publishing and  writing cachet was not hurt at all as I signed an administration deal with Bug Music, and began writing and recording with some notable talents, particularly Dennis Locorriere, who had just exited Dr. Hook for a solo career, the legendary studio ace Larry Knechtel, newly arrived from the Wrecking Crew in L.A. and British guitar star Ray Flacke. The new room proved to be a friendly and conducive place for creating, and as I upgraded fairly frequently, I soon moved on from a home demo situation to full blown albums. The studio was both a plaything and a luxury, and it gradually became the center of my creative universe.

Over the years the room hosted wonderful collaborators, including British hit-makers such as Alvin Lee, Peter Skellern, Joe Brown and Brian Willoughby, and American studio legends like Bob Babbitt, Steve Turner, Pat McInerney, Dave Pomeroy, and Craig Duncan, who all made magic for me.

I’ll also be bidding a fond farewell to Pub Snow, which doubled as the live recording space, and our very own Irish Pub, the site of memorable Boxing Day parties for 20 years and creative adventures too numerous to mention, particularly on winter days with a fire blazing in the hearth.

The new space in East Nashville awaits….a conversion of a carriage house, in Historic Edgefield on the East Bank across from downtown. It is by no means as humble a place as here, as it’s been custom designed to accommodate a replica of this dear old control room, with the vintage recording gear and modern amenities co-existing in a less cobbled-together manner than the original. I hope it will provide as many warm memories as did it’s predecessor…..

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The Skelly Suggests … A Twisted Look at the Great American Songbook

Okay, so Rod Stewart made another fortune visiting the wonderful songs from the golden age of classic American song craft, but he wasn’t the only latter-day artist to delve into that treasure trove. Here are some delightful, sometimes left-field renditions of songs that have stood the test of time.

1.    Miss Otis Regrets – Kirsty MacColl and The Pogues
2.    Makin’ Whoopee – Dr. John and Rikki Lee Jones
3.    They Can’t Take That Away From Me – Peter Skellern
4.    If I Loved You – P.J. Proby
5.    Baltimore Oriole – George Harrison
6.    As Time Goes By – Harry Nilsson
7.    The Very Thought of You – Norma Waterson
8.    My Blue Heaven – Fats Domino
9.    In The Still Of The Night – The Neville Brothers
10.    Deep Purple – Nino Tempo and April Stevens
11.    Well, Did You Evah? – Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry
12.    Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered – Jeff Lynne

Some of these gems are available for listening via Spotify: A Twisted Look At The Great American Songbook