Couchville Sessions

by Darrell Scott

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about

you wanna story?



i mostly make music with folks who have been doing this longer than i have

and i have been doing it my whole life



let's call these folks: masters



when you have a master who plays writes sings

like it was their first time (excitement)

and like it was their last time (reverance)

something deep, important and lasting shows up

in their taste, touch, tone and in-the-momentness

plus we have a helluva lotta fun





it is not perfection

but intention



i'll take intention every time



this recording spans from the springs of 2001 and 2002 when danny thompson, kenny malone, dan dugmore and i cut these songs in my living room on a road called couchville -then, time travels to the spring of 2015 when i brought bill payne to sit in a different living room (to a master, overdubbing IS time travel and i believe bradbury would agree)



do not be alarmed by the time in between 2001 and now

- masters are unphased by time



the songs are mostly mine - with a song each by (masters): hank williams, johnny cash, james taylor, townes van zandt and peter rowan - add a narration by guy clark and you may have your story



(i was gonna call the record "masters"

but i thought i was trying too hard for something that was simple)



and, just one more part to the tale ...when we tracked these songs, one song was ringing out at the end (you know, where you try to be dead quiet for a few seconds) and i remember looking up and perched on the catwalk fresh from skool and above the living room was my 11 year old daughter listening to us make racket in her home - she and i still share that moment - when we were witness to something...to each other, to what had just happened, to this full band of older gents playing like they were 18



now you are witness

if you wanna be



darrell winter 2016

credits

released May 13, 2016

produced by darrell scott

the core-silver back-lost tribe-band:
danny thompson - upright bass
kenny malone - drums/percussion
dan dugmore - pedal & lap steels, guitar (and piano on track 2)
bill payne - piano, organ, keys
darrell scott - guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, vibes, voice

additional players
richard bennett- guitar; dirk powell- accordion, banjo, fiddle; shad cobb- fiddles; mike mcgooldrick- uillean pipes & whistles; yvette landry- triangle

voice
guy clark (spoken), peter rowan, john cowan, andrea zonn, jason eskridge, blue mother tupelo (ricky & micol), yvette landry, lauren tyler scott, angela scott, erick jaskowiak (naughty whispers)

engineers
miles wilkinson (trax) couchville living room, erick jaskowiak (mix) [sage art studio], richard dodd (master), stephanie hudacek, eric fritsch [eastwood studios], jaime bridges [room with a view studios] and jeff sontag - editing by darrell scott at ole wood stove studios

art design by chris weller
photos by darrell scott
cover image by dave stewart "sofa so good"

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