ABOUT "CLOUDS AND FIRE"
If Carole King and Paul McCartney decided to write songs for Steely Dan, and the BeeGees were brought in to produce (but they weren't allowed to sing), it might sound something like "Clouds And Fire", the ambitious new project from Scott Riggan.
"Pop music has been kind of stagnant for awhile," observes Scott. "I know I'm not the only one who's bored with everything on the radio. I hope this CD will appeal to grown ups who worry less about how 'hip' their music is and more about whether they actually like it."
released September 12, 2008
I undertook this project with the simple hope that the music would be surprising, fun and inspiring ... but all I really did was write, arrange, sing and - most importantly - pay for it. Jason Collum, as usual, played a bunch of instruments and worked his tail off for this record. This included drums, percussion, guitar, exercise ball, keyboards, orchestra bells, engineering, editing, arranging and many other things I’m forgetting. I would have played some keyboards if it weren’t for Matt Stanfield, who is so full of pure groove that I can’t help but smile every time I listen to the stuff he played. Piano, Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Moog – he did it all with deep soul (and the occasional blip and beep). One of my favorite people, Kris Donegan, took time from his busy career in the studio and on the road to play acoustic and electric guitars. Dan Agee also played guitars, and I’m so glad to have him on my project. For strings we had Paul Nelson (cello) and Nathan Walters (keyboards). Clay Krasner’s bass playing was a pleasure, and I was glad to get him on another record (he was on my Christmas project). Tony Lucido also played bass, and the dude flat out grooves. Tyler Cain’s harmonica and Jaime Thietten’s beautiful voice elevated “I See You” into something truly special. Adding more spice to this project were Barry Green and Vinnie Ciesielski (horns) and Jim Hoke (flute). Chip Davis, Angie Primm and Annie Clements provided some lovely background vocals. We needed a little more guitar on “Hollow” and Perrin Lamb graciously stopped by to help. Dave Goetter at The Mix House engineered vocals. Jimmy Jernigan at Apollo 54 engineered and mixed (and ultimately mastered this thing). Photographer extraordinaire (and one of my China mission partners) Phil White told the story of Clouds And Fire with pictures, and Chad Werber provided the 1967 Pontiac LeMans for that photo shoot (although I didn’t get to drive it…). Mindy Wade worked her graphic artist magic and viola! we have a record!
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