There Was a Time
Prior to releasing this CD, John Hendrix has written songs and music for various film television and radio projects, including the title theme to the film, 'Dark Before Dawn.' Although he has been in the music business for years, this is his first solo personal CD and it includes several of his unreleased songs. 'The Ballad of John Newton' is the true story of the 18th century Englishman who penned the classic 'Amazing Grace.' Several of the songs on this CD feature the masterful mandolin and fiddle playing of Byron Berline, who played with the Byrds, The Flying Burrito Bros, Emmy Lou Harris and Bill Monroe. Byron plays the mandolin and twin fiddle lead on the 'Ballad of John Newton'. He also plays on 'Life Goes On' and 'No Goodbyes.' The haunting piano track on 'Life Goes On' is played by one of the greatest Nashville sidemen, Jimmy Hoke. The keyboard-cello and oboe parts on 'Life Goes On' are played by Leon Forrest, one of John's old bandmates in Firewind. The backup vocals on 'No Goodbyes' are provided by Mike Brewer of Brewer and Shipley, 'One Toke Over the Line.' Most important, all of the songs showcase the talents of Keith Brewer who adds to the CD in countless ways with his various guitar, mandolin, keyboard and backup vocal parts. John loves vintage guitars and he reports that all of the twelve string parts were played on vintage Victoria Island Larrivees, the classical guitar was made by Ignacio Rosas, and the six string is a Guild D-50. John as an underground disc jockey/musicologist, has produced radio shows including The Magic Twanger and Salty Licks.