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Here are some of the CDs I’ve produced & recorded. I’ve really had a good time working with these fun, talented, artists, singers & bands. – Zig (i’ve done several cd projects since this page was created – so i will add the newer ones soon)
These guys are heavy jazz/rock fusion players with occasional vocals – only on a few songs. You could say they are a ‘jam’ band like Phish, but they have more jazz chops and they aren’t old hippies. Trey Voll is the founder and lead guitarist….Pink Floyd meets Al Dimeola. His brother Rick plays electric and upright bass, and Gerald Biggs takes care of and dominates the drums & percussion.
They wrote these tunes and improvised a few others on the spot in the studio, except for their cover of ‘Let it Be’ which is a little bizarre and abstract. They are big Herbie Hancock fans but have no keys in the band. This was great fun to listen to since I’m such a long time jazz fan. Trey and Gerald are N Texas jazzers that know how to rock really hard too. I’m ready for the sequel.
I first met Tori when she was 15 and she sang like Leann Rimes and Whitney Houston – an amazing voice. We started to write songs together to find her direction and discover who she was as an artist.
I’m proud that she has let me guide her and influence her, and she has inspired me too. After having a hit when I was young and then spending 17 years in Nashville writing for publishers, I had moved back to Texas and I was not sure I wanted to write any more radio songs…but in Tori got me motivated to write.
Thru the years I’ve recorded her, and played in her band, and we’ve also played a zillion acoustic gigs. And I’ve watched and helped as she’s carved out a sound that’s pop, and mainstream country, and she has also built a following in the red dirt world here in Texas. We’ve released several singles to Texas radio and in 2014 her single ‘Done Deal’ that I co-wrote with her went to #20 on the Texas chart.
For 2015 We cut this 6 song CD that I co-produced with Bart Rose at Ft Worth Sound. We used great Texas players and Tori picked the title song “From Here to There” as the 1st single. We are going on radio tour to promote it now. Bart and the musicians did a great job. I played some acoustic, and electric, and keys too.
If you are one of my Nashville peeps then you’ve heard me brag about Tori and I will get you a copy of her latest CD if you don’t have one already. As we’ve played our gigs I’ve seen her 1st hand on big stages and little bars & bbq places and she is a consistent top-notch performer with lots of energy – a seasoned entertainer and a singer’s singer.
Charis is a joy to hang out and laugh with. Somehow while working on this latest CD we decided that the worst and funniest song ever was the ’90s hit “Um Um Um Um” by Crash Test Dummies….can’t get it out of our heads all these years later. Her family business is Buckin Ohio where they raise bulls and have real cowboys, so she performs at lots of horse and cowboy events.
She wrote some red dirt classics this time like: “30-30”, “Shoot Out the City Lights”, “Eastbound Train”, and yes, “Freebird” – she wrote a song called “Freebird” to play when requested. Drums by Carl Brady…. bass by Bobby Wilcox…Charis played acoustic, and I played the rest. When she visits Texas she has gigs and friends and her music fits in well. This CD was recorded at NBD (No Big Deal) Studio (my house) because I was in transition from moving out of one studio and building another. (guess what? it sounds really good!)
Jamey Gore asked me to help him produce a collection of his originals….and so I did…. and we had a great time with it. Jamey’s got some cool songs and delivers them well – a Texas red dirt singer-songwriter with a bit of a rock background. He plays around the DFW area with his band the Texas Cartel who let me sit in and jam sometimes.
My two favs on this CD are “HEAVEN Help Me”, and “When HELL Comes Knockin.” Jamey played acoustic and sang his lungs out. The fabulous Mike Kennedy added drums on 4 songs. This CD has gotten some local radio play but not nearly as much as it should have. This project was done at the Ridgeview studio
Comicscapes is a project I did in the early ’90s as a tribute to all the comics I loved as a kid. (…and as a break from writing and recording country music everyday while living in Nashville.) Each song is a musical sketch of a different character or comic.
I was thinking of cool background music for the Marvel cartoons – this was years before they started making all the super hero movies. I’ve got some nice flattering letters from Marvel and some individual artists who listened to this CD as they were drawing. In the blur of the cover you can see Thor’s hammer, Spiderman’s mask, and parts of the Silver Surfer and Cyclops from Xmen.
Tyler’s music could be called acoustic rock or alternative – genres are tough. He played acoustic and wrote all the songs, and I rounded up the players. His lyrics are edgy, with a sense of humor.
His voice reminds me of Dave Matthews or even Prince sometimes. Dave Francis played upright bass on “The Richest Man in Tennessee”. Things I learned along the way on this project: sometimes a guy who lives in a cardboard box might have a dog for a pet.
Trace of Gold is: Greg and Lisa Sutphin, Austinites originally from Mansfield. I’ve accompanied them (played some gigs with them) at some of the wineries in the beautiful hill country where they live. These guys are old friends I hadn’t seen in years and working with them reminded me that they are really real country.
Greg wrote “Beer, Whiskey & Wine”…and another drinking song that I call ‘the Worm song’…and he also recut one of my old compositions, “Hotel on Boardwalk”. Lisa wrote “Worth the Walk” and she got her mom and daughters to sing backups. And she covered several songs by Nashville/Texas writer Stephany Delray. And my old bud Carl Brady played drums on this CD, recorded at the Ridgeview studio.
Peter has no problem expressing himself in his lyrics and he sings them with a moody, grainy delivery. This is a CD with an artistic feel or mood to it like Dylan or Neil Young.
Peter played acoustic guitar as he sang. Mike Lusk played bass, Eric Karbele on drums, Bobby Vogel on acoustic guitar and I added some electric guitar and keyboards later. Mike Verbic did a great job of engineering.
Peter came along way from Canada to record with us and his love for his music comes through in his words and his voice. He’s coming back for a new CD soon, and we hope to have some time to hang around a little as we work on the next project. The title song was nominated for a Native Ameican music award in Canada.
Deanna wrote all the songs on her 1st CD Peace Love & Crabs. She performs regularly in the Chesapeake Bay area and does a lot of songs about boating, and being on the water, and yes, crabs. Fun songs, thick voice. We hung out and yapped, and solved a lot of the world’s problems as we worked on these 3 CDs. Maybe she’ll come to Texas and play at the Kerrville festival some year.
The band was me and Deanna along with Marshall Richardson on drums, Justin Schipper on guitar (who plays with Josh Turner), and Chris Autry on bass. I sometimes refer to these 3 guys as “the young guys”, ’cause they’re a little younger than “the old guys”, but they’re catching up fast.
We also did a Christmas CD, and a collection of her old gospel favorites. Deanna & I played acoustic guitars then I played piano and mandolin and bass – no drums on the gospel CD. Steve Holland added live drums on some of the Christmas songs. Stalemate is a serious song from the P, L & Crabs CD.
Joe King is an ex-NFL player turned country singer. Joe played defensive back for 4 NFL teams and can claim interceptions from some damn good QBs! In his college days he was a favorite at Oklahoma State so he was around there during the beginnings of ‘red dirt’ country.
Joe has a warm voice and has written some good traditional country songs, and I’m not joking (joe king)…get it? Mike Kennedy of the legendary Sidemen played drums and Bobby Wilcox played bass. This picture is from when we played at the Final Four when it came to Cowboy Stadium in Arlington in 2014, with fiddler Dexter Rowe.
Stella64 is Cara and Niki Taylor, jetsetters from Colorado Springs. Cara is the older sister that writes the songs and plays some guitar and keyboard and sings some back-up vocals. Niki is the younger sister and lead singer. Their mom came to Nashville with them on one of their visits and we gorged at Amerigo’s.
“Ordinary Things” and “Never Change Me” are my favorites, but I like them all. Niki has a pretty voice with a lot of character, and she has also done some acting. This is the girls’ first group of songs and they were beginning to find a voice. They both went on to greater things in the years that followed. Glad I got to meet them at this creative, young point in their lives.
I met Rachel in Nashville; she was singing demos. She’s an excellent studio singer and a lot of studios and songwriters use her. I knew she sang and wrote in Espanol tambien.
Then I saw her live — she sings Stevie Nicks, Aretha, Zeppelin. She’s a very hard blues rock singer with range and power. Later we started writing and recording together.
The first group of songs came out kinda blues rock, similar to Los Lonely Boys. Andy Most played electric, Dave Francis on bass, Marshall Richardson on drums, me on acoustic, and Eddy Iruh on keys. Rachel’s live band always has some great Nashville players too.
Recently Rachel recorded a bilingual children’s CD that I helped with. It features some thoughtful and catchy songs, written by her.
Eldon came from Utah to cut his CD and use the great Nashville players. We ended up using most of Vince Gill’s band: Billy Thomas on drums, Russ Pahl on steel, and Deannie Richardson on fiddle, along with Andy Most on electric, Roger Morris on piano, and Dow Tomlin & Dave Francis on bass.
Eldon wrote some of the songs and also did some from Nashville writers. He plays regularly in Utah and Vegas with his band. You can tell from the style that Eldon likes straight ahead country like George Strait or Alan Jackson. Eldon has a smooth, sincere voice and did a great job on this project. _______________________________________________________
I must admit that I was not a big fan of 80’s rock. I did like Van Halen & a few songs by Mr Big in the ’80s. Ywain (Trison Stevens), on first listen, sounded like Skid Row and those kinds of bands, so this project was a challenge to record in 2004 and get the feel of some of those heavy ’80s cuts.
Trison also has a little Skynyrd/ southern rock that sneaks in sometimes and a little funky acoustic vibe on a few songs. But all together there are at least four power ballads in the ’80s style.
Andy Most played some monster, soaring, melodic rock leads on these songs. Drums were split between Billy Thomas and Marshall Richardson with Billy playing most of the big ballads. Bass was split between Dave Francis and the great Jimmy Carter. Trison is a very commercial writer — several of these songs have the sound of a big hit.
I co-produced this project with my ol’ friend Anderson Page. 11-11 is comprised of Anderson and lead singer Darryl Yokochi (Daryo). They wrote most of the songs – Stephany Delray and I helped them write a few. This 1111 name was many years before Ellen Degeneres used it – I think she copied these guys -NOT.
Guitarist Brett Ratner laid down some guest tracks. Darryl is a great singer. We also used a few sound effects here and there. “Home” is just Darryl playing grand piano and singing with some rain in the background. His mood swings go from tough to bouncy to depressing.
Mike and Candace recorded this at their home studio on ADATs and I helped with a few vocals and mostly with mastering. They’ve played around for years in the Cleveland area. I love this band that sadly broke up after just one CD.
Mike Verbic is a really good drummer, and engineer (and he helped me repair my broken door). Candice has a strong voice and wrote some nice songs and played bass. The ‘other’ Mike (Muratore) also had some good songs, guitar parts and vocals. They’re each doing separate bands now. Miss Candice & Mike & I like to watch really bad videos and laugh till we cry.
The first song I heard Libby sing was “At Last”, the old Etta James song, and she sang it great. Libby has a big voice…and a very sweet, supportive family. We cut three songs that came out nicely, and we wrote one together.
Libby is from Texas and graduated from UT. She has a blog called “up with guava” (down with cantelope) or something- i should remember. Her style is kinda country and a little bluesy. At the time we were shopping her around to see if she could fit into Nashville – good for her she didn’t. My favorite is “Love Will Bring You Back” which was written by Stephany Delray.
Frankie was an exceptional keyboard player that could keep up with the Nashville session guys when he was 21 – and also a great singer and writer and performer.(from Legends corner to Vegas)
I filled in for his guitar player for a week at a club down in ‘deep elum'(Dallas) because I knew his originals from working on them in the studio. We did everything from Lenny Kravitz and Matchbox to Elvis and Frank Sinatra. Frankie’s from Santa Cruz, came to Nashville for a few years, then moved to Las Vegas ’cause he was playing there half the time anyway. His band is cookin’- high energy.
First CD – On this project we had a great, funky rhythm section – Chuck Tilley, Dave Francis, Andy Most, Frankie on piano, and real horns and the songs were kinda ‘retro’. So I took the approach of mixing it somewhat like the old rock and r&b records – with drums panned to one side and horns on the other- for effect.
Many of Frankie’s songs were co-written with John BT Brunelle and Mark Gilbert. Dewey Dorough’s solo on “Back it Up” cracks me up. “29 Royal Street” is a one take piano solo.
2nd CD – On this CD, Frankie was writing more modern rock – (same co-writers) and we cut it more like a contemporary project. I love “Cold Cruel World” – I played electric on it, and acoustic on “Comin’ and Goin'”. “Pink Lemonade” is like Kool and the Gang or Average White Band. Uncle Joe (Moreno) has some good sax solos.
I’ve seen Four Higher live at a club in Arlington and they rocked, and they had a great following. Their sound is pretty hard alternative rock – bass, drums, and three driving guitars. Lead singer Paul Mendez’s “Paulosophy” is an example of Four Higher’s lyrics.
I had a good time recording them at Color House with Wendy’s help. Several of the band members are also writing and performing acoustically around Ft Worth as ‘The Professional Nobodies’ . Paul is still working on his music and no longer using profanities in the newer songs – now he’s “married with children”. Paul and his brother Mark are major dudes – they are real.
We got some good airplay on four Texas stations, including “The Ranch” in DFW, with “8 Seconds” and “The Letter”. And Eric was a guest on 92.6fm, playing his songs and telling his story. Eric was a young singer and songwriter who played around Arlington back in the ’80s.
I reconnected with him in 2004 and produced some of the more recent songs he’s been writing. We cut this CD in Nashville with Billy Thomas (drums), Dow Tomlin (bass), Andy Most (electric), and David Russell (fiddle). Then Eric did his vocals in Texas and also brought fiddler, Eric Tull, to add on some parts.
Clay filled up 8 CDs of talking about how to outsource human resources and I listened, and edited.
It was interesting learning about payroll and regulations and zzzzzzzzzZZZZZZ. Oh, sorry Clay, what were you saying? No, I’m just kidding, Clay is funny and has a good sense of humor and that’s why so many people go to his seminars and like his CDs. He makes several jokes on the CDs about boring the sound engineer. Anyway I’ve always wanted to say this: “I really like working with Clay”.
Andrew and his brother James are from Sudan and they’ve taught me about reggae. They are funny and sweet guys. On one song Andrew plays a small hand harp that he made out of antelope skin- it has a very unique sound. They told the band stories, like the time the elephant wandered into their “village”, you know, everyday stuff like that.
Dave Francis played some reggae bass. Steve Holland drums, plus we used loops, plus Andrew’s percussion, Andy Most played electric reggae guitar. Zig played organ and synth and acoustic guitar.
Andrew’s second CD – from his real life experience, Andrew writes clever and sincere songs about the civil wars of Sudan, Ruwanda and the struggles of the people – commentary with a groove. Wendy did the covers and helped me do the mix. I can tell you – they dig the bass – I mixed this with 30% more bass than any other project, ever. I played acoustic on “Anyanya 5”.
I always got good results whenever I worked on songs with Bojanna (and Meachie.) Her vocal style can change from very soft, pretty pop/R&B, to very young pop/rock — Christina, Britany and Avril Lavine, and sometimes a little like Sheryl Crow.
She’s a great demo singer because she can make her voice fit the song. She’s sung a few demos for me and does a consistently good job. She also has a lot of range.
Carla performs her comedy songs and her stand up act with her ‘rock & roll puppets’ all over – Nashville, Vegas, NY, and Great Britain. She’s had several TV appearances and she’s been an intern at MTV.
Her masterpiece “I Love Animals” rose to #2 on Dr. Demento’s chart. ‘Andylicious’ played rock guitar and ‘Wendylicious’ engineered.
This was another project that I co-produced with Ande Page. We used Sky’s band, with Brett Ratner on electric guitar. Then Ande played keys and percussion and I played some additional acoustic parts. Sky wrote all the songs. “You’re Too Late” has a rough, ‘Hendrix’ feel to it.
Charis writes and sings songs about rodeo and bulls and horses. Then there’s one song about her “yankee dog”.
Her sound is Americana/Red Dirt — a Texas singer-songwriter with stories in her songs. In addition to this CD, we also recorded some songs that she wrote for the American Quarterhorse Association. She performs at the usual Texas music places, and also at rodeo organizations and events.
The players were Dave Francis (bass), Andy Most (electric), and me on acoustic and piano. Drums: Wayne Killius on half and Marshall Richardson on half. Charis also played some acoustic guitar and harmonica.
Nathan is a laid back, southern, country blues songwriter that reminds us a little of JJ Cale, and we know that Nathan is, in fact, a fan of JJ’s. A few examples are “Mini Van Blues”, which is about a guy who gets talked into buying a minivan instead of a cool car, and “Saw Your Picture” that has kind of a Clapton/ 60’s rock feel.
Nathan played acoustic and sang. His CD features drummers Mike Verbic and Marshall Richardson, Justin Schipper on electric and some excellent slide, Steve Banic on B-3, and Dow Tomlin on bass. I played some electric blues too.
Nathan’s got the Alabama soul. Blues is fun. Wendy did Nathan’s artwork and CD insert. _____________________________________________________________
Missing Manchester is based around the vocals and songwriting of Matt Dorrien. Matt’s songs have strong melodies and poetic lyrics. I think he’s quite a talent.
Matt grew up in Long Island and then later moved with his family to L.A., where he now lives and writes. He played all his own piano tracks and some nice acoustic guitar tracks, and did all the lead and backup vocals. He’s a little influenced by Elliot Smith, which I can hear, but I also think Paul Simon (and Simon and Garfunkel), and Nick Drake, and Elton John too.
The other acoustic and electric guitars were played by Justin Crowe who did a great job.
Dianna wrote all of the songs on this CD. They’re modern but sometimes a little bit 80s/new wave-ish. Her influences include Stevie Nicks and Celine Dion — mostly pop, but with a few country influences mixed in there as well.
She writes everything from fantasy, as in “Magic Glass Ball”, to tough-girl pop, like “If That’s What You Want”. This was a fun project with lots of groovy, poppy songs. The players were Chuck Tilley (drums), Dave Francis (bass), Andy Most (electric guitar), Dug Grieves (electric). I also played acoustic & keyboards.
Shane is a Texas artist all the way. He wrote all these songs and played acoustic guitar on the session. Shane plays with a groove – strong bass and drums.
When I last talked to him, he was playing in Mingus, Lewisville, Ft. Worth, and a few others. This was cut with most of the usual players plus Russ Pahl played some great steel and electric.
These guys cut part of the CD in Texas (at Color House) and part in Nashville (at Grey House). Smith Street is strange and vague and spaced out, in a good way.
They let me play some ‘guest electric guitar’ on this project. They got a lot of publicity on MP3.com for their song “A Cry for Peace”. Wendy did the artwork, as well as engineering.
‘Tim of the frozen north’ is a writer that has songs with substance.
Hang On To Your Soul was the 1st project we did together. I helped him find a group of players to get his sound…Pasi, Andy Most and Pat Lassiter. I love Russ Paul’s steel on ‘Mama Can You Tell Me’ even though some misguided CD reviewer DIDN’T love it. I also met Timothy Jr. and Olivia who did Tim’s photography.
The Unbroken Road was the second project we did. We cut this stuff with another, similar great band – Russ Paul, Andy Most, Dave Frances, Pasi Leppikangas, and Randy McCormick; Tim played his own acoustics. We often eat (and talk) at Chili’s and Calypso when he’s in town and we’re working on a project.
Happy Valentine’s Day – This is a few of my ‘mellow’ acoustic guitar instrumentals that I’ve been accumulating through the years. Anderson Page plays percussion and the rest is me. Wendy did the beautiful CD cover. Ande Page and Stephany Delray wrote a few of the songs and the rest are my loose jams, improvising over the changes. “Portholes” is used as the theme song on Sandy the Psychic’s national radio show.
“Gallery” is King’s 2nd full-length CD and we also did an EP.
The songs for both the EP and CD were cut with King’s band, which was changing members at the time, so we used two different bass players and drummers. Dwayne Bollmyer was the constant member on electric, and, of course, with King on acoustic and vocals.
King draws from a very wide variety of influences. He’s listened to the old Waylon and Johnny Cash, 80’s rock, a little hip-hop, funk, the Beatles, U2, Texas country, and so on. Hangin’ On The Vine
“Gimme What I Came For” is a good band groove and Dwayne plays some hot fills (hot filling). I played wurlitzer on “Go With Me” to make it a little muddier. It’s a pret ty song. King is a singer, not a droner. I still consider him country because of his roots, but there are some other things going on here.
Ty played acoustic with Garth Brooks in the early days. He then got his own deal on Capitol-Nashville, had a few releases, a few hits, then ended up on indie labels doing his own thing from Oklahoma. He still has a lot of gigs and a lot of fans. Shawna Russell and Tim Russell play shows with Ty regularly.
Ty has a nice, pure and simple country voice like George Strait. We cut these songs with Billy Thomas (drums), Dave Francis (bass), and Doug Grieves (electric), and Mike Daly (steel). I played acoustic. The “Redneck” song grooves pretty hard and Doug funked it up with telecaster.
All the songs were about hunting and guns for a CD project with that theme. They’re working on cutting more songs with that subject matter back in Oklahoma.
James Hinds (the lead singer at Cowboys Red River in Dallas) told me about Shawna. She cut one of the songs Stephany Delray wrote with Radney Foster, “Bigger Than Both Of Us”, and did a great job.
Later I saw Shawna at a club in Oklahoma City. She’s a powerful country singer with soul – a good, young performer with a good band. Her dad played electric and her uncle, Tim Russell, played bass.
This latest group of songs was cut in Nashville in the spring of ’05. I used the same guys that played on Ty’s songs — Billy Thomas (he’s played with Vince Gill, McBride And The Ride, Little River Band), Dave Francis (Leroy Parnell), Mike Daly (Pat Green, Hank Jr), and Dug Grieves.
“Night After Night” is an old Leroy Parnell song that was one of Shawna’s favorites. She sings it great. We also cut another one of Stephany’s songs, “Moments In Between”, and a song that Tim and Shawna found called “A Little Bit Of Both”.
I first heard Chantri through Dewayne Johnson in Granbury — thanks Dewayne. Chantri’s a very good singer who is also very young. I think she nails these first four songs. We went with these songs because they have energy and they fit her voice. She’s already been getting good response & is building fans & followers.
JD has become our friend and one of my favorite writers. This guy is like Willie, Harlan Howard, Kristofferson, Guy Clark, John Prine, Roger Miller, and others on that level. He’s sad, sweet, funny, dark, inspiring, clever…on and on. He was a singer and songwriter in the 70’s — he wrote for Marty Robbins. Then, since the 80s, he’s been in radio and advertising.
We’ve recorded several CDs of him singing his own songs. He kinda sounds like Don Williams or Tom T Hall, and I’ve also demoed some of his songs with session singers. We recently started our publishing company together and I’m using some of his songs on upcoming projects. I believe he could have a breakthrough hit with a big mainstream artist like George Strait or Tim McGraw.
JD helped me clean leaves out of the gutter at the studio – in the rain – so we could keep working on our session – that’s a guy that loves music. His son Josh is a good singer as well- he’s got the Gray magic.
JD has a huge heart that comes through in his songs, and he loves country music. The sample song here is just JD and acoustic guitar singing “Show Me How” — it’s the calibur of songs he writes.
Jordan is a Texas singer/ songwriter that has some of that Jerry Jeff sloppiness and also some more rocky sounds. He plays Woody’s, and Poor David’s, and the White Elephant, and many other places. He’s an interesting writer and he also did a few songs by Owen Temple, Townes Van Zandt, Willie Mack, Stephany Delray, and James Hinds. This was another CD I produced on Ah Records. One Less Thing
Airports and Ferris Wheels was the second project Jordan and I did…. It took Jordy a few years to build up enough songs for this CD but I think he has some killers on here.
“The Lost Son of Johnny Horton” should speak to Willie and Merle and Jerry Jeff as well as all the young Texas artists out there. Then there’s “Peppermint Grove”- pretty strange.
“Gate 32” is a collection of random thoughts Jordan has as he watches people waiting at an airport. The “Ferris Wheel” title comes from the song “Mary”, a bizarre story of a woman who feels like people have used her.
“Memphis” is a great song about places (Ft Worth, Memphis, Key West), but more than that it’s about being there and living.
This CD is by no means slick. But it’s real like some of the sloppy records by Bob Dylan or Willie. And like them, I think Jordy cuts through the roughness with something to say.
We used Jordy’s band at the time – John and JW – rather than session players. I played some electric. Andy Most, Mike Daly, and Justin Schipper played some lead and slide in Nashvegas. Roger Ray added some steel and dobro in Texas. Phil Pritchett and Kurt South sang some background vocals that were good but ended up way, way in the background. Jordan’s mom, Sally, sang background on “Memphis” and Wendy Mazur (engineer) also sang on a few.
And there is a special guest appearance by Buster the Bird on “Piece Of Art”. Jordan is a unique, talented songwriter with some thoughtful things to say.
Marcus is a Dallas singer that’s originally from California. He found some interesting songs from various writers and publishers. I’ve seen him do a few songs live at the Grapevine Opry – he sounds good and really goes over well with the audience.
The studio band was Doug Grieves, Wayne Killius, Don Johnson, Hoot Hester, and me. “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda” was originally cut by the Derailers. ‘Me and John and Paul’ could be a hit for Marcus in the Randy Travis tradition.
Tenneil’s a Texas country/rock singer. I saw (heard) her sing at Billy Bob’s. She’s a knock out with a big voice (and a great family).
JD Gray wrote ‘Turn on the Light’. We also cut songs by Monty Montgomery and Susan Gibson. She’s been to Nashville and back – figuratively and literally.
This CD is basically a compilation of Steph’s demos during the years that she was signed with Warner/Reprise. Almost all of these were cut with JT Corenflos, Jimmy Carter, Gregg Morrow(sometimes Tommy Hardin) and Hoot Hester.
Stephany is originally from Hurst, Texas. Since she’s been in Nashville, she’s written for Sony/Tree, Music Daily, Warner/Chappell, High Seas, and EMI. She’s had cuts on Chely Wright and others. She also has songs on several of Radney Foster’s CDs, and on a lot of Texas artists. In the ’00s she played bass with husband Jace Everett and co-wrote songs on his albums, some of which were used in the HBO show True Blood.
King’s from Decatur TX and went to UT (Texas not Tennessee). This guy’s got a big truck. I visited King whenever I was in Austin and we’d write.
The “That’s It” album was the first CD on Ah Records — Jane Alexander heard King and got us together. Jerry Kimbro plays some killer wah-wah on “Sensational” and I still love the “Horse” song. King is a real country artist that will do well on mainstream country radio and/or in Texas. He’s a good live performer and plays regularly. (Tom’s an alright guy too.)
I co-produced this project with my friend Ken Bradford. Ken’s from L.A.. He lived in Nashville for about 5 years, then ended up in Orlando. He’s a good drummer and engineer. We’ve worked on pop stuff together but this is our first time to do a country project together.
We cut most of the basic tracks in Nashville at Grey House with Billy Thomas (McBride and the Ride), Mike Lusk, Kerry Marx and me on acoustic. Then we overdubbed the girls’ parts and mixed at ARS in Orlando (with Sam).
Ken and I produced 6 songs and 6 others were done by Joe Smith (Backstreet Boys). Missy did the lead vocals with a young pop direction but now moving toward country. Jessy is an excellent fiddle player that plays blues, rock and bluegrass – and she’s a good back up singer that also has a nice lead voice.
These guys probably get tired of people always saying this but – they are both Deputy Sheriffs in West Virginia. There, I’ve said it again. They gig around their area and also travel some.
“Mining Town” is a sad but true kickass song about their home state of West Virginia (all songs written by Bryan and Chad), and has gotten some decent airplay. We had great players on this project: Chuck Tilley, Wayne Killius, Dennis Wage, Ronnie Godfrey, Hoot Hester, Jerry Kimbro, Russ Paul. Chad and Bryan turned me on to their friend Jerry Flowers to play some killer bass (Jerry’s played with the Ranch and the Dixie Chicks and others). This is the third CD I produced on What? Records.
Patti has written some funny and thoughtful songs – she’s a storyteller. I love “The Burbs” and “Extended Family” in particular. She writes about what’s happening in the world at any given moment, as well as what she’s been through in her own life.
She has an earthy, folky, country voice like Loretta Lynn or Iris Dement – it’s real. Patti and Stan are smart, talented, sincere people. I also have a beautiful pastel drawing of an American Indian child that Patti gave me.
Sandy the Psychic has been doing readings, Tarot cards, hypnosis to stop smoking, advice for relationships, etc for over 20 years. I had a good time listening to her as we recorded this series of programs featuring her psychic skills for helping people.
She used a few of my instrumental tracks in the background of some of her segments. Sandy is a regular co-host with Robin Zodiac on her CRN Talk radio show. You can learn more about her there.
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Randy is nice, funny guy that loves country music. I’d say his style is like country radio, similar to Diamond Rio, George Strait, Kenny Chesney. He did a good job of changing the direction of some of these songs from the original demos.
There were a few smoking guitar parts from JT Corenflos and Kerry Marx. The drums and bass are from the days of the great Greg Morrow and Jimmy Carter. This project also features Mike Johnson on steel and Jim Brown on keys.
Eddy wanted to do a CD of songs that he had written about the internet, with titles like “Instant Messenger”, “Cyberboogie”, and “Undo”. Then he also had some other songs about cowboys and, of course, love. So there you have it. It was a fun, crazy project. Wendy and Eddy and the players and I all laughed our asses off and had a good time.
Steve Holland had to play the perfect drum fill to lead us in after 7 beats, or 5 beats, or 2 & 1/2 beats, or whatever. We got Steve to add some extra bongos and shakers and percussion on these songs too. Eddy is such a sweet guy and his songs are very thoughtful. He also played his own acoustic tracks. Rachel Rodriguez sang backups on a few too. I’m ready for the sequel.
Engineers that have worked with ZiG are Mike Verbic, Wendy Mazur, Ande Page, Terry Brill, Jamie Owens, Chris Hughs, Chuck Pfaff, Rick Robinette, Andy “Sheepdog” Bloomberg, Mike Boyle, Nathan Blanchard, and Skylor Morgan in Nashville – and Rich Treat(his real name) in Texas.
Sometimes ZiG does his own mastering – sometimes not.
Wendy Mazur also designs CD inserts and websites for some artists.
Here’s a partial list of the players and singers
we’ve used on our demos and CD projects:
Billy Thomas/ Dave Francis/ Chuck Tilley/ Jimmy Carter/ Andy Most/ Marshall Richardson/ Chris Autry/ Mike Verbic/ Denny Hemingson/ Justin Schipper/ Jenn Franklin/ Mike Lusk/ Deannie Richardson/ Steve Banik/ JT Corenflos/ Frankie Moreno/ Russ Paul/ Wayne Killius/ Steve Holland/ Pasi Leppikangas/ Dug Grieves/ Jerry Kimbro/ Jerry Flowers/ Dennis Wage/ Scott Hallgren/ Ryan Hoyle/ Don Johnson/ Hoot Hester/ Ward Stout/ Mike Johnson/ Jim Brown/ Tommy Harden/ David Russell/ Kerry Marx/ Katherine Styron/ Mike Rojas/ Dennis Belfield/ Brett Ratner/ Pat Buchanan/ Gary Carter/ Barry Walsh/ Gregg Morrow/ Marty Dillingham/ Ed Greene/ Steve Dudash/ Steve Fishell/ John Gardner/ Ronnie Godfrey/ Randy Hardison/ Gary Hogue/ Bill Hullett/ Troy Lancaster/ Pat Lassiter/ Jeff King/ Randy McCormick/ Roger Morris/ Walt Cunningham/ Gary Morse/ Bob Mummert/ Gary Oleyar/ Bob Patin/ Dave Pomeroy/ Scotty Sanders/ Tommy Hanum/ Pat Severs/ Mike Severs/ Steve Turner/ Bruce Watkins/ Jonathan Yudkin/ Anderson Page/ Steve Rhian/ Jason Pitts/ Stephany Delray/ Rachel Rodriquez/ Willie Mack/ Alyse Sands/ Jim Hoke/ Danny Parks/ Bobby Ogdin/ Michael Joyce/ Tim Buppert/ Buddy Jewel/ Monty Allen/ Damon Gray/ Ron Wallace/ Donna McElroy/ Eddie Clayton/ Steve Fox/ Mike Kennedy/ Bobby Wilcox/ Roger Ray/ Cameron Gamez/ Austin Gardea/ Milo Deering/ Danny Crelan/ Scott Cloud/ Josh Rogers/ Aden Bubeck/ Dale Morris Jr/ Rick Sims/ Carl Brady/ Boo Massey/ Ken Bradford/ Jeromy Bailey/ Jessie Daughman/ and others……..and there are many others that Zig has worked with on demos and projects at other studios through the years.seconds to load.)