Earl Travis Taylor is pleased to announce the release of two ‘Aunt Rosie’ singles, on a single CD. There is a full band version, as well as a blues version.
This release will mark the first step in a long overdue release of recordings, that the many friends and fans of Earl Travis Taylor have been calling for, for many years.
Here is the story, in Earl’s own words:
I came to Vancouver to record a long overdue set of songs for my very first project as I had been writing for over 20 years and all I had to show for it was a few demos. I had a loose Idea in my head that I would ‘scout’ for players that I thought would suit my music but, I’ll admit I was as green as they come when it comes to production, even though I had learned a few things over the years with the demo projects and a little home studio etc.
It turns out I’m not much into engineering although I understand the principles, but it suits me best to sit in the ‘artist’ chair, with an instrument or microphone in front of me.
At any rate; the first band I checked out in Vancouver was a band called the Arsen Shomakhov Trio at the Fairview Pub on Broadway, which by happenstance had Chip Hart, the drummer from the Twisters, which is IMHO the best rocking, swinging, jumpin’, blues band in Canada.
Next up, we have Sam Shoichet. Sam has also played bass in the Twisters, from time to time over the years. Chip introduced me to Sam… and Sam is a character to say the least, and the reason there are two versions of this song. So I have my rhythm section booked with Sam at Barrell House Sound in Vancouver and away we go. I am kind of nervous and I start playing the same guitar lick as the blues version of the song with HarpDog. We then discussed beats and meter and Sam throws out an idea for the intro that you hear on the big production.
Now, in retrospect, it would have been wise to record beds for both versions at that time, but fortune smiles upon guys like me… and the plot thickens. We proceed with Sam’s suggested arrangement and make all of the executive decisions that were encompassed by that decision which were too many to mention individually because I’m talking about a 12 piece band.
With everyone’s help, I massaged this project through recording and numerous mixes through to mastering and when it was complete in joyful bliss gave a free download to a few friends and supporters. Within minutes of me posting the song, early in the morning, I got a message from HarpDog Brown, asking “Who’s playing harp?” I had met the Dog through friends, and I started attending his shows whenever he was playing around Vancouver. The Dog and I hit it off, for various (and obvious) reasons, and I consider him a good friend, since the first time I met him. Before I could respond, and tell him it was me; he added that he could do better!
Well, obviously, saying ‘Yes’ to the two-time Maple Blues Award winning Harmonica player of the year, was a no-brainer… and the next thing you know, I have HarpDog Brown booked at Barrel House Sound and the rest is history. Thanks Dog !!!
Again, it has been a pleasure working with, and making friends with, all of the players on this project.
It’s good to know I have nine more songs like this in various stages of completion.
I hope you all enjoy listening to them, as much as I had fun making them!
Love and Light !
Earl Travis Taylor
The folks involved in the recording process, are:
Side ‘A’ – Aunt Rosie
Chip Hart – Drums
Sam Shoichet – Bass
Will MacCalder – Piano
Dave Webb – Hammond B3
Jerry Cook – Sax(x3)
Derry Byrne -Trumpet
Brian Harding – Trombone
Rebecca Shoichet – Sassy Background Vocals
Earl Travis Taylor – Vocals, Guitar and Harmonica
Special thanks to Sam Shoichet for the song arrangement, and Jerry Cook for the horn arrangement.
All tracks were recorded at Barrel House Sound, except the Hammond B3, which was recorded at Stella Music by Tim Hearsey
Side ‘B’ – Aunt Rosie Blues
Chip Hart – Drums
Bruce O’Neil – Doghouse Bass
HarpDog Brown – Harmonica
Earl Travis Taylor – Guitar and Vocals
Recorded at Barrel House Sound
Finally, Earl would like to thank his sister Crystal Hayes for the album cover artwork, Jim McGregor for “the words”, Scott Woolard at Barrell House Sound for his “ears” & engineering expertise, as well as Rob Stewart at JustMastering.com for the final polish.