01 Blue Sky Morning
My first move after achieving temporary financial stability was to go back to California where I had lived in the 70's.
It had been almost 30 years though and this song is about the experience. Matt Exelby features on multiple slide and it's my 1st pedal steel outing.
02 Nevada Thru A Rearview
This is about that feeling you get when driving long, long distances. What would have happened if I'd used that exit that I just shot by at 90mph? etc etc..
It is also about my inability to stay anywhere very long.
03 Louisiana Bound
The joys of driving across Texas. More supreme slide from Matt Exelby (and me !).
04 Some People
A Dylanesque rant. The butler/Kenneth More reference is to the movie 'The Admirable Crichton' See it, you'll understand.
05 Scene of the Crime
Inspired by my watching drunk people jig up and down to 'Sweet Home Alabama' in Cornwall, without any understanding of the politics being espoused, and then driving through the South.
Travel does expand the mind (or should)
Tom Quirke plays beautiful piano.
06 Whatever Happened To Love
Oddly inspired by both a trip into the deserts of Southern California and the incidental music from 'The Lone Ranger' TV series, it also touches on my love of the American west and traveling therein.
07 So Far So Good
A bit of 'optimistic' rock'n'roll. M8 stolen from Steely Dan.!!
and off to Hawai'i
08 Kauai No Ka Oi
This, together with track 11, describes the good and bad of island life.
The words, in Hawai'ian obv, mean 'Kauai you are the best' 'Thank you very much' 'I love you a lot' (prob reads better in Hawai'ian)
Fabulous lap steel by Ken Emerson.
09 Chasing Daylight
Air travel !
10 Tell Her I Love Her
A lament for my, then estranged, second daughter, now happily a part of our weird and wonderful family again.
11 West of the Rest
The other side of the rainbow. When you actually live somewhere and cease to be a tourist things change !
Lap steel by Ken Emerson.
12 Till I Could Say Goodbye
A song for my wonderful Mum who passed away in 2006 at 91 years. XXX
John Greene -
Vocals, BV's, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards,
Ukulele, Mandolin, Lap & Pedal Steel
Ben Morgan - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
Kevin Jefferies - Bass
Robbie Brokenshire - Drum parts
Rosalie James - BV’s, Piano (track 2)
Matt Exelby - Guitars, (tracks 1 & 3)
Helm DeVegas - Piano (tracks 1, 3, 4 & 7)
Tarquin Andrewartha - Ac Guitar (tracks 1 & 4)
Tom Quirke - Piano (track 5)
Ken Emerson - Lap Steel, (tracks 8 & 11)