Over the last summer, after the rush of releasing and promoting the self titled Ep, excitement of playing shows and heartbreak of losing band members, I withdrew deep into the Mississippi Delta, a lifelong bucket list item, more like a journey of sorts; I went looking for inspiration in one of the most inspirational places, the home of the delta blues. The region is notorious for drawing artists to one of the most influential places of modern music as we know it. Driving through the warm humid delta air, corn fields as far as I could see, windows down and listening to blues artists Son House and Robert Johnson was an experience in itself. Until I found the Crossroads and Robert Johnson's grave. I stood there, in a small church graveyard under the oak tree he was buried beneath and read the words inscribed from a handwritten note he penned on his death bed. It turned into an experience of profound proportion.
Getting back to reality completely refreshed and inspired, I began writing new songs, sending them as they came to Rick; Rick and I had the idea to reconnect with the original members of skip duglas, rent a secluded cabin in the mountains of north Georgia and make an experience out of recording the new material. In two short months we were there. In the huge vaulted ceiling great-room we set up the drums and recorded live. We tried new production techniques and captured the natural reverb and sound of the cabin. We worked around the clock for a week; If a take had the vibe but had mistakes, we kept it. We watched football, sat out on the balcony listening to music and grilled out for every meal. We survived bears, sleep deprivation, and a caffeine induced trip to the emergency room, yet this album proved to be our greatest and most coherent work to date.
"Change Together" treads upon completely organic ground, inspired by the old delta blues recordings, life and growing up, we made an attempt to capture the "human" element. One of our favorite albums is "MorningView" by Incubus. The organic feel and what you hear is what you get tone of that album has always been captivating. The basic tracks were recorded in the moment, live, we had mic's set up capturing the sound of the cabin itself, in hopes that listeners could experience the atmosphere in which we spent day and night hanging out, writing and working on music, and enjoying the experience of just being a part of something special. This album is not "perfect" by any means, there is no Beat Detective and very little pitch correction, but it is perfect to us. We've poured our hearts into this album and hope we capture yours with it. -Rudy - See more at: http://www.skipduglas.com