Much of this collection is inspired by my daughter Ellie, including the title cut, Sweeter All the Time, a contemporary jazz groove called Smoothie (very smooth at 6 months old), the funky Rolling on The Elephant (a favorite stuffed animal), Swinging High (on her swing set), The Happy Guitarist (and proud father), and a lullaby called Angels Whispering in Your Ear, something Grandma said happened to Ellie when she was just a few months old.
Thanks is a tribute to legend guitarists Howard Roberts, Joe Pass, and Chet Atkins. Out of Towner is a humorous and harmonically challenging bebop style tune, written about visiting relatives, and I Dig Snow is a folk song with jazz overtones, written about Colorado snow.
Besides me on guitar, the album features trio and quartet combinations with Jesse Lucas on 6-string, fretless bass, Colorado drummer Mark Raynes, Byron Hamer on saxophone and flute, and pianist Mark Sloniker. Hope you enjoy it!