In 2009, Dan Gabel had the honor to tour all over the United States, Canada, and Japan on over 300 shows with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. While it was one of the greatest experiences of his life, he longed for his family, friends, food, sights, and traditions that only New England can offer. During one of the listening sessions on the Miller band, his good friend (and fellow New Englander) Jason Bennett introduced him to the song “Homesick for New England.” He had already conceptualized an album of New England songs, and knew at that moment the album had found its title.
Featuring the incomparable Amanda Carr on vocals (listen to her on the good-natured tour of U.S. states, "Rhode Island (Is Famous For You")), this album was recorded live at historic Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA. The hall is well over 100 years old, an acoustic masterpiece, and has hosted countless President, authors, poets and musicians.
With special guests like pianist Donn Trenner (a studio legend and musical director for TV personality Steve Allen), this album brings back classics like "Old Cape Cod" and "Moonlight in Vermont", seldom-played gems such as "Spring in Maine", a classic Gene Krupa hit ("Massachusetts"), modern takes on "Yankee Doodle", "Maine Stein Song", "My Old New Hampshire Home", "The Lake Song" and Twilight Shadows", a few originals and even some real local favorites, "Boomtown" and "Charlie on the MTA".
With the sound only possible with a full big band and the unmatched acoustics of Mechanics Hall, you will feel like you were there for the concert and, regardless of your location, homesick for New England!