I wrote this album when I was living in New York, beginning in the fall of 1997 through the spring of 1998. Whereas on my first album, a self-titled debut with a pair of boots on the cover, where I had gone for very organic sounding production; now I was interested in producing these new songs in a studio environment that really took advantage of all possibilities. That is, I wanted my songs in the hands of a producer who could use modern production in a super soulful way, someone who could get all those boxes and gadgets and knobs and buttons to SING... Enter Howie B. A friend of mine gave me his gorgeous album, Music For Babies, and I was enchanted. These sculpted sounds would be a dream to sing over. So in the fall of 1998, I went to London where we met at a very loud restaurant, and in spite of the fact that I spilled my bloody mary all over the white tablecloth, Howie agreed to work with me. I spent about 5 months over there, reveling in this new music. When I came home to New York, my then record label said, 'Uh... that's nice but we want 'singles' '. During that time, the spring of 1999, I wrote 'Something Else' and went in and recorded 'Hurricane'. I added those to the pile of Tender Hooks and also added 'Divided' which I had recorded during the initial writing period. So that's the story of how the album was made. I hope you enjoy it. If you get one, try playing it real loud. You'll be able to hear all the spaces in the music, the nooks and crannies and little secrets going on....