Old 9 Plus 5
Dad and I made this album over two summers, '02 and '03. We originally started out to make a folk album of songs I grew up listening to he and his banjo buddy, Dave McDougal play. We initially took our material from the 1973 Greenwood Folk Festival, but about halfway through, Dad decided he would like to make the second half of the album of spiritual songs. Having spent his professional life as a minister, it seemed a reasonable request. Items: song #1, 9 Lb Hammer, was a favorite from the folk fest, and Dad was suprised and pleased when I was able to fly in backup vocals of Dave, who had passed away in the mid eighties. Song # 14 on the CD, Healer of My Soul, was not originally listed in the liner notes, as Dad had written the liner notes for the album before that song was finished. When he passed suddenly in August '04, this was the last unfinished track and, with the help of my very good cello buddy Eric Remschnieder, we finished it for him posthumously. Song #15, Life's Railway to Heaven, Mom thought it a good idea to end the album with that clip at the end. I agreed with her.