I am in the middle of reading Neil YoungÂ´s biography. I have a hard time putting it down, not because itÂ´s so good necessarily, but because itÂ´s so interesting. Neil, in his life and in his music, seems to be both touchingly vulnerable and terrifyingly controlling. ItÂ´s all part of his mystique, I guess, though it must be maddening at times to be part of his inner circle. That craziness, though, contributes toâ€¦. or maybe even sums up, the reasons we love his music: ItÂ´s so real. ItÂ´s ragged, honest, and unpolished with deeply personal lyrics. HeÂ´s the epitome anti-pop. I find some validation in the book because I admire his conviction to his beliefs. But, his recklessness is troubling, almost like too much information.
My friend James Moors has been touring in Colorado for the past few weeks sharing the songs from his most recent CD, Hush, released earlier this month. He stayed with us in the mountains for a few nights between gigs, a respite from the hair-raising winter driving conditions he encountered on this trip. James did a great job singing and playing guitar on this recording. And I am proud to have been a part of it. James and I co-wrote four of the new songs together: Â´ChenilleÂ´, Â´Welcome to DuluthÂ´, Â´ItÂ´s AlrightÂ´, and Â´Your FatherÂ´s SonÂ´. I also contributed with upright bass, electric bass, harmony vocals, dobro, banjo, harmonica, piano, and co-production. It was recorded at Jim GilmourÂ´s studio, Southview Arts, high on a hill above the town of Middletown Springs, Vermontâ€¦. my favorite place to record. Jim has a way of knowing just what to add (and even better, what not to add) to bring out the best in a singer-songwriter. James really did a great job. Check it out at www.jamesmoors.com.