Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Post-Christmas Pre-New Year's Eve

Glenn Simmons and his lovely wife Lillian, Barry Canning, Paul Kinsman, Paul Boomer Stamp and Chris Ledrew got together on the eve of New Year's Eve to have a little listen to Glenn's 80% completed solo album. Glenn will be playing with Barry's group (which also includes Kinsman and Boomer) at the Delta St. John's ballroom for the NYE Gala. Barry is in town long enough to play the gig and get his 2 cents worth in about the record. A nice holiday afternoon of laughing and sipping. Glenn expects to finish tracking for the project within a couple weeks after the new year.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas!

We're taking a short break for Christmas and then back in the early days of January to finish Glenn Simmons debut solo album, yet to be definitively titled. Back Home has been a working title for the last few months but as time goes on, and skilled colleagues have added their particular flava, the vibe of the music has shifted. Glenn is back in late December for a NYE show with Barry Canning, Boomer Stamp, Paul Kinsman and Glenn Parsons at the Delta St. John's. Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Donald Fagen meets Buddy Emmons... sorta

If Glenn Simmons has done one thing this year besides reuniting and touring with the Wonderful Grand Band, playing with the Fables, moving his family and cats into a new home, and writing/recording a solo album, it's facilitating this picture. Maybe a first for rock photography... these two noble instruments in the same photo: the pedal steel guitar and the Hohner melodica. Whoa... worlds colliding.

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Unusual Suspects (Percussion by Di Nillo, Ledrew on Pedal Steelo)

Now we're getting somewhere. New textures, colours and interactions that nobody could have ever planned are happening and there's lots of excitement as the music grows and takes us to new places. A couple songs are "finished" and a few more are close. Billy Sutton discovered he could drum but he couldn't hide, Romano Di Nillo brought his cool percussiveness to a few tracks, Boomer was back behind the kit for a couple, Chris Ledrew had us thunderstruck with his pedal steel voicings, and Paul Kinsman still hasn't found out who left the coffee cup stains on his Mellotron. You'll have to ask Glenn about the apparition... he was the one who saw it and the story requires the live retelling instead of attempting it here. One thing all the lads are realizing is that there's nothing quite as deep as playing music with people who have been doing it for many years.

Some song titles you can expect:

In the Twentieth Century
Sweet Vanilla
Perfect Reputation
She Talked About Elvis
It Goes On

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Ice Station Zebra

On October 16 when we took a break from recording there were still a few leaves on the trees. Now, after a hugely successful Wonderful Grand Band tour and DVD release, and a few expeditions to Toronto and Halifax, Glenn has resumed recording at Stagehouse Studio. Engineer Justin Merdsoy promised to play a soulful bass part to avoid shoveling the place out. He delivered, but the place still needs to be shoveled out.