Blue Heaven Sessions
'Blue Heaven Sessions' by Brooks Newton & Company includes blues, jazz,country, and pop. It was recorded at Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, KS, by Micajah Ryan and Travis Scanlan and mixed by Micajah Ryan. Ten musicians perform on the CD, including Aaron Morgan Brown-drums;Jeremy Samuel-electric and upright bass;Grant Mathews-vibes;Holly Stocks-piano;Ryan Roberts-harmonica;Susan Gibson-violin and viola;Rager Moore-vocals; Jane Newton-vocals; Brooks Newton-vocals, acoustic guitar, and synthesizer; and Joe Pickett, mandolin. The album was produced by Brooks Newton, Jane Newton, and Rager Moore. This is Newton's third album. His first album 'Beatnik Picnic' is all acoustic and was produced on cassette only in 1996. 'Output,' the second album on CD only,1999, is totally plugged in. Both albums were recorded at Sixth Sense Studios in Lawrence, KS, and Wichita, KS, respectively. The first two albums are all original songs written by Newton. They were engineered by GOODING who also co-produced 'Output' and played bass on that album. Aaron Morgan Brown also played drums on 'Output.' Joe Pickett, who played mandolin on the first album, also plays mandolin on 'Blue Heaven Sessions.' Newton wrote 5 of the 12 songs on 'Blue Heaven Sessions.' Three of them are new songs written especially for this album. Two of the songs are remakes from 'Beatnik Picnic.' Newton sings and plays on 8 of the songs, including 3 covers. Rager, Jane, Holly, Susan, Aaron, Jeremy, and Grant take the other 4 songs in various combinations. The lyrics to all original songs are listed in the liner notes and pics of musicians are on back cover. All songs are used by permission.