Blood On The Table

by It's Just Craig

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Graeme Campbell Great work Craig, really enjoying the album. Favorite track: Lucky Rider.
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    Thanks!!!
    Craig

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    The album is finished. John Vanderslice produced and mixed it. Bernie Grundman (Thriller, Purple Rain, etc.) mastered it and cut the vinyl lacquers! Record Technology (RTI) in CA pressed em and they RULE See www.instagram.com/p/BBnS4CfJ6XK/

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about

Just under a year ago (after turning 39), I came up with the crazy idea to write some songs and record an EP as a planned mid-life crisis. I wrote one song, and it was well received. (My little brother said it wasn't completely horrible.)

Here is the demo for Lucky Rider: vimeo.com/121621495

I contacted my friend John Vanderslice, owner of the Tiny Telephone recording studio in San Francisco - and a wonderful Indie Rock artist, a master producer and a great engineer - and booked some studio time in October 2015 and arranged for Jason Slota (Thao and The Get Down Stay Down) and Rob Shelton (Meernaa) to handle Drums and Keys.

Then, I started writing. At first it was slow, but after a while, I had ten great songs:

Sick of My Shit Demo: vimeo.com/141667872

Eastside Royalty Demo: vimeo.com/139049031

Then, my friends Marc Ford (Yes, he was in the Black Crowes and Ben Harper's band, among others, but if you don't own his solo album Holy Ghost - Get It now!), Kirsten Ford and Elijah Ford all decided to come out for the week and help me make the songs great. (Get Elijah's live album off Bandcamp and Kirsten's on iTunes now!!!)

A few weeks ago we finished recording and it turned out better than I could have ever imagined. Marc and Elijah play on ALL TEN SONGS!!! Kirsten's beautiful vocals are all over the album! Rob's keys are unreal and Slota is unworldly.

Behind The Scenes Video: vimeo.com/143593402

Mixed but not mastered Eastside Royalty: vimeo.com/144288999

"Holes" in the studio: vimeo.com/143367424

"me." in the studio vimeo.com/143343111

John Vanderslice produced and engineered everything (Elijah co-produced Good Times) and was a master behind the board and on the tape decks and effects.

We recorded to 2 inch tape and mixed to 1/2 inch tape. The album is tracked, mixed and on December 8th I'm flying to L.A. to master the album with Bernie Grundman. That's right -- the man who mastered Thriller, Purple Rain and hundreds of other amazing records is mastered my album, Blood on the Table.

The album name? Well, these days you can fix everything when you make a record. We didn't. We did it the old way - we recorded over bad takes but there were no digital effects, no auto tune, no computers... we made mistakes, but often they were good. They gave the record the real feel that we were looking for. As John says, you've got to be willing to leave a little blood on the table - we sure did and it sounds great!!!

The digital downloads are NOW AVAILABLE. The CD's, sticker packs and shirts wil be in hand by January 2016 (if not sooner). The vinyl will be slower due to a pressing backlog - but we're going 180g vinyl from lacquers cut straight from the master tapes by Bernie Grundman. We should have it before the May 13, 2016 concert at Hi-Fi in Indy!!!

Thanks for your support and I hope you enjoy the album!!!

Craig

credits

released December 11, 2015

Craig Helmreich - guitars, vocals
Elijah Ford - guitars, bass, vocals
Marc Ford - guitars, guitars and more guitars
Kirsten Ford - vocals
Jason Slota - keys
Rob Shelton - drums/percussion
John Vanderslice - producer, engineer, mixing
Bernie Grundman - Mastering

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