BLUES LEGEND MR. LONG JOHN BALDRY SAYS....
"Bobby is one of Canada's great young guitarists and his talent is equal to many of the world's great guitarists"
WELCOME MY FRIENDS:
Thanks for dropping in and taking a look. Thought I would give you an idea of what reels me in as an artist and what moves me as a human being.
The message of the music and they way it hopefully touches someone out there, is the most important part to me. It has got to speak and force me to think about things. All my songs come from real life experiences and everyday situations. The way I live and the way I write are connected. Hopefully, I will connect with you!
On the inside cover of this CD, there is an old snapshot of my mother and me, taken when I was six years old. I wrote the instrumental piece "Cape Breton" for her. For me, the song embodies the sense of community and love I feel for my home and my family, and in my mind, nothing is more important in life.
I wanted to emphasize the acoustic side of my music on this CD. Where I might normally have used an electric guitar for solos, on this album, I used an acoustic guitar and played it as I would an electric.
I was starting to dial in more of the roots-rock and folk influences. The blues is still weaved through the whole package along with hints of pop. I can't escape all these styles, nor do I really want to. All of them live inside me and fight for a ray light in every song I write.
The title track "Drowning On Dry Land", is not meant in the literal sense. It was a time in my life when I was emotionally drowning. Anyone can metaphorically drown on land in too much of a bad thing. The irony about it all is that the drowning marks the beginning of change. Maybe in some strange way emotional pain is just the part of ourselves that faces the things we need to rise above.
The funniest moment for me during the course of this CD was one day in the studio when I was tracking guitars. I was in the recording room trying to lay down this acoustic track to "Cape Breton". I just wasn't on my game that day and could not for the life of me get a take. I was getting really frustrated. You know, the Scottish temper. Anyway, I lost it at one point and was screaming at my guitar because I couldn't get it in tune. After about 10 minuets of cussing at this guitar, I through it down and walked out into the control room to be greeted by the band and producer laughing hysterically. Apparently, they were listening and recording my melt down. They played it back to me over the speakers. I was stunned... I sounded like a maniac whose cheese had definitely slid off his cracker.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bobby's second album, Drowning on Dry Land, takes the listener on an emotional journey through the soulful Celtic heartland of his Cape Breton, N.S. upbringing. Mixed by the renowned engineer Mike Plotnikoff, who has worked with high profile acts such as The Cranberries, Bryan Adams, and Kiss, among others, this album reflects Bobby's steady growth as a songwriter, featuring his hit single Release Me, and the haunting instrumental Cape Breton.
In collaboration with my old friend and Producer / Engineer Marek Forysinski, I tracked this second CD at Beta Sound Recorders in Edmonton, Alberta.
Doug Radford was my bassist ... a silent and gentle storm who plays the bass with the heart of a tornado. Doug is a gifted musician, and he's very low maintenance! Doug has played with me on and off for many years, and he's been a great friend on that long road. On drums, I called upon Sandro "The Closer" Dominelli - a massive talent with a strong passion for life. Sandro is the only drummer I know who can smoke a cigarette, open a beer, and bust a groove, all at the same time! Last, but not least, is my blood brother, Mark Puffer. In my opinion, Mark is one of the greatest talents ever to come out of Edmonton, and he consistently delivers with amazing precision, every time he steps up to the mike. Mark has ridden shotgun for me throughout my career, and we've shared a lot of laughs along the way.
To mix the album, I called upon the legendary Engineer Mike Plotnikoff, who has worked with everyone from Bryan Adams to The Cranberries. In fact, while he was mixing my project, he was summoned to England to finish The Cranberries' CD. Thankfully, he came back, and we completed the mixes at Hipposonic Studios in Vancouver. We mastered the album in Toronto, at Metal Works Studios, with the assistance of the incredibly talented Nick Bologna. I really feel that Nick brought this project to a whole new level, and he was extremely accommodating, as was the rest of the staff at Metal Works.