From D. Taub:
This album was painful to write, and painful to make...especially for me. It took David and I 20 years to write some of this material, and to finally record and release these songs is a feat in itself. I had embraced sobriety and lost a wife and family during the process (however, none of the events resulted in any other of these events), and I am extremely grateful to family and friends who urged me to finish this beast. Special Love to Lisa Kekaula-Vennum, Robert Vennum, Emma Rose Taub, Chris Dozier, John Molina, and Brad Vaughn, without whose urging this album would not have happened. My last two hat-tips are to my musical brother David Scott, who can infuriate and inspire at the same time, God Bless him. Lastly my gratitude to my Higher Power. P.S. Love You Cari E., you became my muse and my biggest fan; I could not have finished this album without you.
David Scott does most of the singing, all of the keyboards/organ except on Tiny Sampson. I did the bass, guitars on Tiny Sampson, a little more guitar on Whiskey Eases the Pain, and singing on Who's Driving Your Train and Brain (and harmonies on See You Smile). Robert Vennum PRODUCED this album, and plays all the GOOD guitar parts. Chris Dozier plays drums on Whiskey Eases the Pain, Dust on the Hillside and Who's Driving Your Train. Brad Vaughn plays drums on 10 Grapes, Cold, Love You One More Time, Tiny Sampson, See You Smile, and Brain. John Molina's enthusiasm and drum kit was present during all sessions.
I wrote Dust on the Hillside in the house which in June 2011 was recently emptied by my soon-to-be ex-wife. She agreed to leave the piano temporarily, which came in handy when I wrote the tune looking out at the setting sun's reflection off the Box Springs Mountains. See You Smile was an old riff from my "Milkbone" partnership days with P. Haddad, summarizing my first post-marital crush that ended as soon as it started. 10 Grapes was a hazy pop song I wrote in 1989 that finally saw the light of day when I resurrected it last year in the studio. Brain is an old Hempshire Circus tune from 1991 formally known as Sleep of Fools. This version was my original idea for the song, with the very clever/brilliant parts added by Messrs. McCreal and Molina removed in order to preserve the fast pace and brevity of the tune. Who's Driving Your Train is another oldie from me, but with a new bridge added twenty years later. Tiny Sampson I wrote in 2010-2011, about a very bad man who found absolution and forgiveness at the end of his life. Bob, Brad, David and I had a lot of fun with that track.
David and I axed two other songs that weren't quite ready, but shall be resurrected for album #2. Taub-Scott #1 was a resurrection of art, song, and life for me, and Taub-Scott #2 shall give that body of music a helpful push down the road for better things. God Bless and thank you for listening.
From D. Scott:
Well we did it...
It's been a long time coming... Yet in some ways the timing is perfect.
For me this project stands as a marker ... a monument ... commemorating the close of a very difficult couple of years.
Thanks, love and gratitude:
God, Phoenix Harlan Scott, Mom (3/4/34-7/26/11) & Dad (3/2/34-11/18/11), My big brothers (Denny, Dale, Darrell and Don), Bob and Lisa, Brad Vaughn, Chris Doshier, THC, Taos Hum, Leon, Everyone @ BTTG, and last but certainly not least my dear friend and brother David Taub.
This is just the beginning... Y'all enjoy!