THE MORE I THINK ABOUT IT THE MORE IMPORTANT IT IS TO PROMINENTLY MENTION THE FOLKS I COLLABORATE WITH WHO INHABIT MY RECORDED MATERIAL THESE DAYS.
PAUL CURRERI AND DEVON SPROULE BOTH CHANGED MY LIFE AS A MUSICIAN STARTING IN LATE 2016 AFTER I MOVED TO CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.
THEY'RE BOTH SIGNIFICANTLY YOUNGER THAN ME AND IN THEIR GENTLE WAYS BROUGHT ME AND MY MUSIC INTO AN ENTIRELY NEW PLACE.
also included, brian wooten, john spittle, and tom hampton in nashville, marvin taylor in little texas, alabama, joe carvell in london, and willie de from richmond, va.
in the past, pat lawrence, billy worley, and robbie wells were there for me as well.
all added their considerable talents and insights and whenever i think of them the only word that comes to mind is "awe".
my friends in various parts of the world commented that for the first time in decades i had come back into "the light".
i just call it "magic"....
FRANK GUTCH JR. WHO APPEARS EARLIER ON THIS PAGE WROTE THIS ABOUT DEVON AND PAUL A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.
singer/songwriter, producer, and recording engineer, haVING over 50 years in the music business.
HIS performances have been described as "lyrical" and filled with stories..
HE'S shared the stage with many artists including David Crosby, Doc Watson, Bill Staines, R.L. Burnside, Indigenous, The Radiators, Kelly Joe Phelps, Dave Zollo, Jimmy Thackery.....
*FRANK PASSED AWAY 3 WEEKS AFTER WRITING THIS INTRODUCTION TO MY ALBUM. IN THE FIRST MESSAGES HE SENT TO ME HE CALLED SERE "AN UNDERGROUND CLASSIC". FRANK'S REVIEWS WERE REGULARLY FEATURED IN NO DEPRESSION. HE TOTALLY GOT WHAT I WAS DOING AND TOUCHED MY HEART WITH HIS KINDNESS AND SUPPORT.
HUNDREDS OF MUSICIANS POSTED ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE AFTER HIS PASSING EXPRESSING LOVE AND GRIEF THAT HE WAS GONE.
RIP FRANK AND BIG LOVE FOREVER....