KUNIO KISHIDA 1st album "Swamp Waters" CaneHedge CH-064902
To Vintage guitar lovers,
Hello. I would like to tell you an amazing story.
I've been living with blues rock music since the late 1960's.
I was influenced by Eric Clapton, Michael Bloomfield, Duane Allman,
Dickey Betts, and other Blues rock Guitarists.
I didn't play the guitar from 1976 to 1988.
Then, in a hospital bed, after a bad car accident, I decided to play the
I had a chance to join the Allman Brothers Band on their Japan tour in 1991.
When I was driving in my car with Dickey Betts, in my hometown,
he said to me "Kunio, let's start playing your original songs."
I was surprised at what he said at first. But I started writing my original
A friend of mine, Jerry Wasley Jr. visited Japan in June 2001, and saw our
He was surprised that I was playing my original songs,
because he knew that I loved to play the Allman Brothers Band's music since
Jerry said to me, "Let's make your CD." I said, "I have no time." Nine
he called me and said, "Let's make your CD in Alabama, USA.
Mr. Johnny Sandlin will help you make your CD.
Also many famous southern musicians will come to Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
to play on your recording."
So I flew to the Atlanta airport with my old guitars on May 31, 2002.
It was amazing! We only took 4 days to record this CD, "Swamp Waters."
We almost completed the basic parts of 12 songs in 2 days.
The other days we overdubbed vocals and guitar parts.
We really felt like we were a band. I deeply thank Jerry, Johnny and all the
Now I'm 50 and thinking of the meaning of this recording.
I've always been influenced by the blues rock music that I started listening
when I was young. It's like snow on top of a mountain sinking into the
It takes 30 years to become spring water. That's how my original music is.
This CD is not my goal. This is the second start of my life.
I believe we can all make our second start,and I hope I'm not the only one
to feel this way.
I learned these words from the USA, "We can always begin again."
I hope I will be able to bring something to you.
Please enjoy my music with me,
Swamp Waters-Authentic Vintage Sound CD
Kunio Kishida, Japanese guitarist and vintage guitar dealer, has
brought together a collection of the finest vintage instruments,
musicians, technicians, and facilities to produce his debut album, Swamp
Waters, which he has made for vintage guitar lovers around the world.
Produced by Kunio Kishida and Johnny Sandlin, famed Allman Brothers
engineer/producer, at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Sheffield,
Alabama, using an amazing collection of classic/vintage recording
equipment, this album echoes the styles and sounds of Kunio's heroes of
the Sixties and Seventies. It features Kunio playing many original and
legendary vintage guitars. Besides performing with a '57 and '63 Fender
Stratocaster, he plays a '56 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop and a 1959 Les Paul
Sunburst once owned by Dickey Betts. Berry Oakley's '57 Precision Bass is
played by Jerry Wasley, former bassist with Brenda Lee. You will recognize
many of the performers on this recording because they all have outstanding
musical credentials and have been heard on many of your favorite recordings.
Swamp Waters was one of the last projects mastered, in HDCD, by Grammy Award winning
artist, Denny Purcell, to whom this album is dedicated.
Kunio Kishida : vocals, electric guitar and slide guitar, National Resophonic guitar
Jimmy Johnson: rhythm guitar
Jerry Wasley Jr. : bass, backing vocals
Paul Hornsby : Hammond B-3, Wurlitzer piano
Samurai Taylor : grand piano, Hammond B-3
Ed Greene : drums and a corrugated carton(Elvis-A-Go-Go Blues)
Mickey Buckins : percussion
Bonnie Bramlett: duet vocals and backing vocals
Scott Boyer : duet vocals and backing vocals
Produced by Johnny Sandlin for Duck Tape Music and by Kunio Kishida for
Nancy Co. Ltd. and CaneHedge Records.
Recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound, Sheffield, Alabama, by Johnny Sandlin,
assisted by Chris Stone.
Mixed at Duck Tape Music Studio, Decatur, Alabama, by Johnny
Sandlin, assisted by Jim Bickerstaff, Jeremy Stephens, and Mickey Buckins.
Mastered by Denny Purcell at Georgetown Masters Inc., Nashville, Tennessee.
Jerry Wasley Jr., Project Director.
Manufactured and marked by Moon Town Disc, Huntsville, Alabama.
All rights reserved. Unauthorized copying, reproduction, hiring, lending,
public performance and broadcasting strictly prohibited. Printed in the
Nancy Co., Ltd. Kishida Building, 1-8-4 Izumi, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, Aichi
2002 CaneHedge Records, 164 Cane Hedge Road, Birmingham, Alabama
1) Witch Face
2) Thanks Anyway
3) What a Fool
4) I Got Sick?
5) Long Time No See
6) It's You
7) It's Only Your Smile
8) Helpin' Hand (instrumental)
9) Elvis-A-Go-Go Blues
11) At Midnight
12) Better Days (instrumental)
All songs written by Kunio Kishida-Copyright 2002
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