DRINKING MY TOMORROWS

Review by Bruce Fessier (excerpt): 

“Brian Michael Tracy, a poet-turned singer-songwriter from Idyllwild, Calif., has penned an excellent batch of Gram Parsons-influenced country narratives packaged into a clean, austere sound guided by producer Kenneth Gibson. Tracy’s stellar studio band features “jazzgrass” pioneer Barnaby Finch on piano and Marty Rifkin on pedal steel guitar, an instrument he previously showcased while touring with Bruce Springsteen in support of the Boss’s contagious 2006 Pete Seeger tribute, “We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions.” But the songs at their core could be added to the canon of recent recordings by the likes of Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, and Hayes Carll.” 

(Bruce Fessier is a Palm Springs,CA-based music journalist who has written about every Coachella and Stagecoach festival for The Desert Sun and USA Today, while also writing music feature stories for Palm Springs Life and newspapers around the country. He earned a CV Music Lifetime Achievement Award for Music Journalism in 2019.) 

 

Album Tracklist:

1. Drinking My Tomorrows

2. Ghost to My Own Heart

3. Cold, Cold Breeze

4. Secrets of the Heart

5. Middle of the Night

6. Fifty Miles From Empty

7. Truck Stop Whiskey

8. All That Comforts Me

9. Dying to Know

10. Last Lonely Train

11. When the Light Comes In

12. Whiskey Reprise (Cold Beer Chaser) 

Album Credits:

Brian Michael Tracy: lead vocals 
Kasaan Hammon: vocal harmonies 
Marty Rifkin: pedal steel, dobro 
Kenneth James Gibson: guitar, bass, organ, mellotron, synth, percussion, drums, vocal harmonies, piano 
Julie Carpenter: violin, cello 
Charlie Woodburn: drums, percussion 
William Russell Wallace: bass, harmonica 
Don Reed: guitar, mandolin 
Lawrence Menard: piano, rhodes 
Barnaby Finch: piano 
 
All Songs written by Brian Michael Tracy except Drinking My Tomorrows and Last Lonely Train with music by Brian Michael Tracy and lyrics by Brian Michael Tracy & Don Reed; Engineered, produced, & mixed by Kenneth James Gibson at Heavy Meadows Studio in Idyllwild, CA; Mastered by Marty Rifkin at Marty Rifkin Productions in Santa Monica, CA; String arrangements: Julie Carpenter, Kenneth James Gibson; Photos by Jenny Kirchner, Album design by Kelly Johnston

 

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