from a family of musicians, my entire life has been centered
around music. Throughout my childhood and well into
my adulthood, I have learned to sing and play instruments
as complex as the piano; electric and acoustic guitars;
four, five and six string banjos; mandolin; violin; harmonica;
accordion; auto harp; ukulele; jaw harp and bass; not to
mention, spoons, jugs, the saw and the washboard. I
have worked as a musician and entertainer for nearly thirty
years, and about two years ago I considered retiring from
the business and exploring new horizons. I hadn't
written or recorded any songs for years and, if anything,
I felt as if it was just going through the motions to pay
the bills and raise my daughter with music as my sole source
of income. "Play there, sing that," so
they say. And then, the unexpected happened.
In January 1998,
I had just finished my shift at a local Scottsdale,
Arizona hang-out known as Greasewood Flat. On
that day, I happened to make the acquaintance of Curly
Smith, a drummer touring with the infamous rock band
we all know as Boston. Curly bought
me a beer and talked to me about the music business
while I listened in amazement to this guy who was touring
with a band I have gladly called an icon. A few
months passed, and Curly popped in to Greasewood Flat
once again on a Sunday evening. We discussed
the possibility of writing songs together, although
we both admitted we needed a push to get started. We
agreed that we could motivate each other. He
said I needed to release a CD. I said I
didn't have the necessary resources. He invited
me to cut the album at his personal recording studio. Momma
didn't raise no fool, right? The
rest is history.
REICHERT: Lead & Harmony Vocals, Acoustic & Lead
Guitar, Bass, 5-String Banjo, Mandolin, Slide Guitar
on "I'll Be Gone" and Spoons on "Dot.
CURLY SMITH: Harmony Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Keyboards,
Harmonica and Slide Guitar on "Livin On A Dream"
Additional Musicians: Digitally Mastered
as SAE Mastering, Phoenix, AZ by MATT MERMON
GEORGE PACION: Dobro Slide Guitar on "Long Afternoons"
WAYNE SMITH: Harmonica on "Long Afternoons"
Arranged by SKIP REICHERT & CURLY SMITH
CURLY SMITH plays Ludwig Drums and Sabien Cymbals exclusively.
Cover Photograph of Skip Reichert
by JoAnn-Marie Flood
Photography and collage on back folder
by Shery Christopher