This was recorded in Nashville with Lex Price, who did a masterful job with Roger Montenot and Lij Shaw who engineered the album. Lex put together a ridiculously good band and we knocked this one out in about 2 weeks if my memory serves me correctly. We had originally not recorded "So Am I " as an uptempo tune but rather just had the ballad. I felt that the album was missing that element that was evoked by "So Am I" as a toe tapper. We reassembled the guys, and knocked it out in a few hours. I'm relieved we have it and that it starts the album. The last two songs written for the record just a few days before we started the record was "Hey La Hey" and "Carry Your Cross" can't imagine this record without those two.
I recorded an entire record in Brian Wilson's studio in Los Angeles, well Santa Monica technically. After finishing it i knew i hadn't made a great record. I went back to Chicago and with Bobby O'Mullan's help we recorded another batch of tunes, pretty stripped down, pretty bare boned and we put the took the best stuff from the LA stuff and the best of the Chicago stuff and put them together. In that in-between period i wrote "Still Ain't Over You Yet" which Dan Navarro of Lowen and Navarro had said, " you HAVE to record that song, its one of the best songs I've EVER heard " My dear friend Joe Cassidy produced that for me in his house.
This was recorded in Los Angeles, Houston, and Chicago. Dan Petty and Joe Hardy were masterful on this album. Mark Clark was instrumental in helping finish this record. Mike Malinin of the Goo Goo Dolls helped out. Jay Belrose (Beck). This is one of my favorite records. Covers a lot of terrain musically. A few of these songs still find their way into my set list nightly, which says a lot. "Dance With Me" made Stephen King's top downloads of the year for "Entertainment Weekly" and it was put in a movie called "Cherry Crush" In Houston we recorded at Foam Box which is Billy Gibbon's (ZZ TOP) studio. Billy's a funny guy. Took some money off me in a dice game. He has one of Jimi Hendrix's guitars, i saw it ....was pretty cool.
This record was recorded in Chicago. During a very dark time in my life personally. I spent the last of my own money to make this with Chris Shepard at CRC studios, with the exception of "Junkie Girl" which i did at my home studio. We tried doing it in the studio but it just never sounded as cool as my demo. I was pretty deep into drugs during this time so my recollections are pretty vague. "Rhythm of The River " "My Sweet Rapier" and "Lady Jack Of Irons" are my faves....just because i think they are representative of what a dark world i was living in at the time, and its nice to look back on it and be grateful i'm still alive. Hallelujah!
My last record on a major label. This was made over the course of 3 months down in Memphis Tennessee. made pretty much with just me and Joe Hardy. Was a great experiment, and i think might be the best collection of tunes i had. Was probably too ambitious of myself trying to do everything and that is probably my only regret. Did have Klem and Jack Carpender play on a little bit but was doing more stuff with loops and me banging on things. Hardy is a genius but i think i may have tied his hands a bit wanting to be a one man band. Wrote "Charlie Boy" during recording at the hotel i lived at for the entire stay. Until a crazy girl tried to burn it down with me in it! Stephen King came down to memphis on that Halloween in 95 or 96? i remember we went to see a new movie called "Pulp Fiction" then to the Rendezvous for ribs. About 5 minutes after we sat down he had a line of ten people wanting autographs. Had never really hung out with a celebrity but that was certainly a night where i got a glimpse of what they go through on a daily basis.
Charlotte North Carolina was the site of this recording session. Produced by Don Dixon ( REM, Smithereens, Marshal Crenshaw) done in about 2-3 weeks. We had finished it and then i wrote "Nights Like These" and we went back to record that one. I think we thought it would be a hit. Great time of my life making this record. Hopeful, but yet very anxious, hence the name of the record. Was originally titled "From Chicago To Gethsemane" but the record company hated that. Maybe not a great marketing idea to name it Gethsemane because the subsequent tours found me in many radio stations with Dj's barely able to pronounce it.
This was the one that started it all. For better or for worse this is the album that most people will remember me by. We recorded this album with Don Gehman (John Mellencamp, Hootie and the Blowfish) and Brian Koppelman in Los Angeles. I was a poofy haired kid who really hadn't a clue about how records were made. We recorded part of it at Captain and Tennille's studio and some at Dave Stewart's (Eurythmics) house. Bruce Hornsby played some keys on it. Marcy Levy sang back up on it. Denny Fongheiser on drums. Jack Holder doing most everything else.....what an experience....this record is like your first love. I look back on it with fondness and smile when i think of those days.