Interesting project, this. How do you capture a band this hot, a sound this amazing, in just 80 minutes? Well, you can't, but you try anyway. You comb through years of live recordings, looking for the right tracks. Versions that nobody's heard. Songs they don't play anymore. Music that just means something special to you, or was part of a special time.
And you end up with this, a tiny sample from thousands of gigs, endless hours, countless miles, and a trail of happy fans and blown minds. On these tracks you will hear how the band has changed over the years. You'll hear Jason jamming with friend and mentor Pat Ramsey. You'll hear blistering solos and heartfelt vocals. And you'll hear some very happy fans.
More than just fans, this band has friends, all over, people who are glad to pitch in and do what they can to help out. You get friends like that by being a friend like that. Jason has been an especially good friend to our youth group, giving inspirational talks to the kids and performing a series of concerts to raise funds for our annual Habitat for Humanity project. Some of these tracks are from those benefit shows. You couldn't ask for a better friend.
A JRNB show is exhilarating. It's inspiring. It makes you laugh out loud at the sheer audacity of it all. You shake your head, thinking, "This can't be happening. Nobody can play like that".
And yet, they do. Aren't you lucky to be a part of that?
Jason Ricci wishes to thank Julia Hodgson, Garry Hodgson, Habitat For Humanity, The OTO
and all my Magical inspirations and friends, Kayla Block, Peter Seals, All the musicians that
played on this CD and with New Blood over the years, The clubs, our manager Mary Laycock,
Phil and Becky Wolfe, Nick Moss, Sean Kellerman, the late great Pat Ramsey, and all the great
harmonica players that I have learned from all these years, including my students.
Everyone else I forgot, just give me shit later.
Jason dedicates this CD to the memory of Pat Ramsey and Sean Costello.
Jason uses Harrison Harmonicas, Harp Gear amplification, microphones from Greg Heumann,
Pedal Train pedal boards, and PSG cases. Gear info at jasonricci.com.
Shawn Starski would like to thank Garry and the band.
Todd Edmunds would like to thank the tapers for recording our music and the people who
came to the gigs and support the band and live music in general. Todd plays Spector basses.
Anthony Byron Cage would like to thank his Father (8/28/1955 - 9/6/2009) and his Mother
for support and prayer, Viper Drum co., Soultone Cymbals, Los Cabos Drum Sticks.
Produced by Garry Hodgson
Cover Art by Julia Hodgson
Graphic Design by Garry Hodgson
Sound Mastering by Phil Wolfe at shadowlanestudios.com
Replication by Global Sound Studio at globalsoundstudio.com