This is the sound of my Strat directly into the custom Henry 20T, and it’s just heavenly.
Thanks eternally to Henry Amplification for building it just for me❤️
Music from the forthcoming Jim Paradis album ‘Not Finished Yet’, which is, in fact, nearly finished!
Making this record with Jim Paradis has been one of the great joys of my musical life. I’ve known him for a very long time, and have always looked up to him, for many reasons. Jim, thanks for trusting me with these incredible songs. The album is called ‘Not Finished Yet’, and we should be done very soon!
‘Not Finished Yet’ title track excerpt-
Eric-Drums, Pedal Steel, Electric Guitar, Guild 12 String, Grand Piano, Hammond Organ, Castanets.
To mark the year since losing Tom Petty, I wanted to do something in tribute, even though I know nothing could come remotely close to expressing the feelings in a way that made it any easier. I chose to do a version of one of my personal favorites, though it was very hard to narrow it down. It took me about two hours before work from start to finish. I didn’t want to put to much into it, because rock ‘n’ roll is not supposed to be perfect. Tom himself has said this many times. Each instrument I laid down was a first take, and some, including my voice might be slightly out of tune, but here you go, my tribute to an American Treasure❤️
It’s been a few months since the release of Bergin O’Malley’s new album Somebody, reaching new ears and gaining well deserved accolades. She’s one of he most gifted singer/songwriters I’ve ever worked with, and look forward to the next one!
‘Why Don’t You Come Down’
Eric-bass, drums, piano, pedal steel, guitars.
In the great tradition of the Band, Harry Nilsson and the Kinks, we were able to incorporate tuba into ‘Just a Dream’(rough mix)from the forthcoming Keith Carini album which we will mix next week. It’s become one of my very favorite projects to bare the Dirt Floor name.
Tell us what you think!
This photo was taken exactly five years ago today, and boy has Dirt Floor evolved. We moved the studio into an old house in the CT state forest near Chester. We did a ton of remodeling after this shot, putting in a control room window, with additional work in the large room and kitchen areas. It was very cool, complete with Dirt Floor logo cut into the wood(so decadent!). We’ve since changed that logo to the one you know now.
There was a big nasty water bed in this room when we arrived, and oh what a bitch it was to remove! Anyway my friend Tracey Kroll now lives and works here, and it's even more beautiful. Some of the best DF records came out of this place, including Kerri Powers 2014 self titled album, which was actually the first we made here, as well as Ian Fitzgerald’s ‘You Won’t Even Know I’m Gone’(finished ultimately at the cabin), Wise Old Moon ‘The Patterns’, Julie Rhodes ‘Bound to Meet the Devil’ among others.
I have one funny little memory of this time which involved an outside engineer looking to utilize the studio in order to record a penny whistle group(who's name escapes me). I met with this guy, and told him that there was going to be some renovation work going on through the sessions, and that i'd give him a discounted rate, since the place was still very much in the shaking out phase. He agreed fully to the terms and potential minor obstacles.
The band, as I recall, had a blast, but the "engineer" took to Twitter and motherfucked us, by saying we were unprofessional and that the gear was whack. Well, I’ve made some of the best records of my life on this stuff, so let’s not blame the tools m’kay?Again, this dude was warned up front, and HE made the decision to proceed. How could I be unprofessional if I’m not even there? Blame yourself buddy boy.
Anyway, I put the dude on blast, and he yanked his post. Also, this penny whistle band did NOT have a Dirt Floor experience, because if they did, they'd have all floated out that door.
This one experience is why we seldom allow outside engineers! anyway, this picture is a nice memory.
Thanks for the kind words Kat Wolff! We made one of this years finest albums with the Wolff Sisters, and she’s simply one of the most gifted keyboard players I’ve ever worked with, if not THE most...
“There's a baby grand in the kitchen, need I say more? He's got the aesthetic, he's got the sound, and most importantly, he's got the devotion. Dirt Floor is the real deal.”