A THANKS TO ALL MY PEEPS
A big shout-out to all the people that helped make this thing possible: Guitarist Kevin Stiles – or how I like to refer to him as, Kevin Oh-So-Stylish – with his natural ability to put the "cool" into music with every lick.. and riff, making all the girls go crazy. Thank you for being the genuine guy that you are and for putting so much time and thought into everything you do. If you didn't already know who was singing those beautiful angelic female vocals on track ten, that would be the one and only Kate Lynn Holt. She's not only a singer-songwriter, but also an amazing chalk artist, and out-of-control dog lover. Kate, your talents make this world a better place, so do us all a favor and never stop doing what you do. Aaron Fishburn can slap the shit out of a standup bass. With his slicked back hair and intense stare off to somewhere magical, Aaron infuses soul into every song he plays on, and spends his free time just chillin’. Pimpin’ ain’t easy, but for Aaron, it is. When I heard Daniel Butman play violin for the first time, I knew I had to have him on this record. The great part about working with Daniel is he's professional, comes prepared, and the way he writes and plays makes you wish the song was fifteen minutes longer so you could hear more of that silky smooth violin. Keep rockin’, Mr. Butman! Photographer Ben Blood could make a wind-up camera look good, and when we hit the road to Red Top Lookout, all I could think about was “I can't wait to do my Blue Steel!” Thankfully, Blue Steel never happened – but smoke bombs in 30-degree weather did! We froze our buns off that day, but you and your skills made it all worth it! Trumpeter Chad McCullough sets the mood with his jazzy flare – a true composer to his core. It's always nice to have such an accomplished musician lay down tracks that feel so timeless. Chad, thanks for coming out and making it happen. Julia Manchik takes design to a whole other level of awesomeness, and when she came on board to help put together the look and feel of this project, let me tell you, a huge relief was lifted! Julia's a keyboard tappin’, camera button clickin, tall as the Eiffel Tower shopping in a thrift store looking for the next big thing kinda girl - and that's all before noon. Music-mastering engineer Ed Brooks is not only one of the nicest guys in Seattle, but also has this attention to detail that is beyond what even a dog can hear. Ed's been killin’ it since the 80's. And last but not least, behind door number three, thee elusive Dylan Fant: producer, engineer, musician, and most importantly – friend. Who knew such big sound could come from such a condemned house. Dylan, you never cease to amaze me. Between juicing and eating Taco Bell after workouts, you really made these songs come alive in such a big way, and for that, I'm never leaving. Si. Space. Fly.