Back From Gone is an excellent new solo release from multi-instrumentalist, Brad Apple. Although, he’s not released a solo project for a while, he has been involved in many excellent recordings including one with his brother, Brandon Apple, titled “Old Time Saturday Night” (also available on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, and more), and played on or mixed and mastered literally scores of recordings.
“The last several years have been so busy that I haven’t had time to devote attention to a solo recording venture, so I figured Back From Gone would be a good title since it’s taken so long to get around to it,” says Apple.
The result is a stunningly beautiful kaleidoscope of instrumental music featuring along with Brad the likes of Tim Crouch, Danny Crawford, and Scott Vestal.
“I’ve had some of these ideas in my mind for years, and always wanted to do this kind of project with pretty instrumental music,” says Brad. “Some of the ideas are new as well, and I put them all together, and before I knew it I had enough tunes for a record of this type of material.” Back From Gone features a variety of instruments in different combinations. Some of the instruments included on the recording are the mandolin, guitar, acoustic bass, fiddle, banjo, and also some of the lesser heard instruments such as the mandola, octave violin, fretless electric bass, and octave mandolin.
Of note also is the great interplay with the supporting cast of musicians. Tim Crouch contributes his great talent on mandolin, fiddle, percussion and more, and Danny Crawford adds in some gorgeous piano work on certain tracks. Rounding out the sidemen is Scott Vestal, who contributes some great banjo on “Grandpa’s Coffee Can,” a tune Brad wrote in tribute to his late grandfather, Woodrow Apple.
Brad is certainly no stranger to the music business. He got his start along with his brother, being taught the basics of bluegrass and old-time music by their grandfather, Woodrow Apple. From there, they performed extensively throughout the bluegrass festival circuit along with their family band, and also performed regularly at the Ozark Folk Center, an Arkansas State Park dedicated to preserving the age old culture of music and crafts of the Ozarks.
In 1995, Brad went to work for Raney Recording Studio, started by the late Wayne Raney, and there spent the next 10 years working as a mastering engineer and learning all aspects of music production.
“I learned so much about all the many phases of a recording project, in my years working with the Raneys. I really got to see how all different facets of music, engineering, graphic design, and more came together to make a finished product.”
It was during this time that Brad also began to be interested in composing music, and in the time since then, has written many songs, including some that have been recorded by such notable acts as Mike Auldridge, Richard Bennett, and Jimmy Gaudreau, on bluegrass record label, Rebel Records. Brad’s performances have also been featured as background music on television, including for the Biography program on the A&E Network.
Now, the time has come for Brad to come full circle, and we’re delighted to present Back From Gone. “I am so excited to have this new project finished and to be able to share it with my listeners. I hope everyone enjoys listening to it as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it.”
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
Brad has captured all the warmth, chill, loneliness, strength, tenderness and pride of what I find in acoustic music that comes from a part of the country that hasn’t lost any of its dignity.
With an able-bodied cast of players, Brad has revisited a vast collection of his old ideas. In doing so, he has brought forth a group of good solid tunes that transcend the usual styles of composition these days. It’s good to know that acoustic music has one more gifted musician to carry on the tradition. Well done, my friend.
Herb Pedersen (studio musician, Desert Rose Band, Loafer's Glory, etc.)
Los Angeles, 2012