Self-titled albums are usually the first released by an artist or group. But this one, Something Special, is our 4th
The main reason is because of the song by the same name which was written for us by our close friend Shana Smith.
She sent us and e-mail telling us about the song inspired by our group name. She sent us a tape of it, we listened and recorded it and it just had to be the title song.
The songs cover a wide spectrum of styles and subjects from the bluegrassy "Caroline" to the songwriter sendup "New Songs" to the nostalgic "Florida Moon" to the sassy "Take Me Back to Tampa Blues" to the outrageous "For Patricia".
Then there's a couple of great love songs, "Do I Love You"--reminiscent of the Doris Day-Buddy Clark duets of a few generations ago and "Down This Road" a powerful non-co-dependent statement.
There's "Ginger Me Down" --a song about herbal tea. Ishmael Katz, the writer, said that the title could be used as a multipurpose exclamation.
All of the songs were written by people from Florida, where we're based and almost all by friends of ours. The one exception is the Will McLean song, "Wildlife Lament". Will passed away before we met him.
I would put these writers up against any in the world and we're proud and thankful they lent us their songs.
The quality of the material plus Tom Henderson's and Bill Dudley's genius on the production and technical side helped make this project something to be proud of.
We were also fortunate to have our sound augmented by Carl Bailey on resonator guitar and Raiford Stake on harmonica in addition to our great fiddle-mando player, Judd Taylor