Discovery Bundle – Gerry Beckley, Rusty Young, Jack Tempchin
Gerry Beckley – Carousel
2016 solo album from the singer/songwriter best known for his work with the Grammy-winning band America. Recorded at his Los Angeles studio Human Nature, the shimmering 12-track album plays to all of Beckley’s strengths; the singer, songwriter and musician played most instruments on the album. “With a solo project I’m really a committee of one,” says Beckley. “There’s only myself to please. Having said that, it’s not always easy. Each project is a snapshot in time. The material on Carousel came from a wide scope of inspiration.” Carousel contains original standouts such as the deeply personal “Lifeline”, “No Way I’m Gonna Lose You” (co-written with Dan Wilson who won an award for his work with Adele) and “Tokyo”, of which Beckley says: “The song actually came to me while I was waiting to board a flight home from Japan. I seem to remember I lost track of time and almost missed the flight.” There are also three covers on which Beckley puts his distinctive spin: Spirit’s “Nature’s Way”, Gerry Rafferty’s “To Each and Everyone” and Gerry and The Pacemakers’ “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying”. “I’ve fortunately never been short on inspiration for my original material but I do love to record a cover every so often,” says Beckley. “These three are of course from my long list of fave songs.”
Rusty Young – Waitin’ For The Sun
2017 solo release from the singer/songwriter best known for his work with country rock pioneers Poco. In 1967, a young musician from Denver was invited to play steel guitar on what would become the final album by Buffalo Springfield. Soon after, he – along with Richie Furay, George Grantham and Jim Messina – would form the seminal West Coast country-rock band Poco. Over the next five decades, alongside bandmates that would also include Paul Cotton, Randy Meisner and Timothy B. Schmit, he became not only the musical core of the band, but also the writer and vocalist behind hits including ‘Rose Of Cimarron’ and the #1 smash ‘Crazy Love’. Now the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who remains the heart and soul of Poco has made the most surprising statement of his 50-year career. Waitin’ For The Sun is the sound of a hit songwriter, roots innovator and Grammy-nominated steel guitar legend exploring and expressing a lifetime of music influences. “I learned how to write songs not only from the guys in Poco, but the people I hung out with, too,” explains Rusty. “People like Neil Young, Stephen Stills, and Gerry Beckley from the band America all made a big impression on me. As the sole writer on this record, I got to visit all kinds of different places that relate to my musical heritage and experiences. Most of all, I wanted to take people on a journey that was fun to listen to from the first note to the last.” The album was recorded at Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, Tennessee, the former home recording studio of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. It was produced by Rusty and longtime Poco bassist/vocalist Jack Sundrud – and mixed/mastered by Joe Hardy (ZZ Top, Steve Earle, The Replacements.)
Jack Tempchin – Peaceful, Easy, Feeling
2017 release from the veteran singer/songwriter. Jack Tempchin and Glenn Frey were friends for a long time before either became world-famous, Jack as a hit songwriter and Glenn as an Eagle. It’s a friendship first sparked back in 1972 when Frey, then a member of the duo Longbranch Pennywhistle with J.D. Souther, spent a San Diego night at Jack’s big house and candle factory, a beloved hippie crash pad. Two years later at his friend Jackson Browne’s L.A. home, Jack played Glenn a new song he’d written about a waitress in El Centro called “Peaceful Easy Feeling.” So enthralled was Frey by the tune that he recorded it on cassette tape, telling Jack that he’d formed a new band eight days earlier, and wanted to play it for them. Jack’s reaction: “Whoa, yeah!” That band was the Eagles. The next day Glenn returned with a recording of the Eagles singing this song. Hearing that track with those now-iconic Eagles harmonies blew his mind. “It was,” he said, “the best thing I had ever heard.” He already knew Frey was a fine solo singer, but had no clue about his greatness as an arranger and harmony singer. The song became one of The Eagles’ most beloved hits, a triumph Jack attributed more to the band than the songwriter. “It is not a normal love song,” he said. “But The Eagles, with their arrangement, breathed life into it.” It’s success led him on a lifelong songwriting path from which he’s never veered since. As a solo artist, Tempchin has recorded twelve albums over the years. Now comes Peaceful Easy Feeling – The Songs of Jack Tempchin on Blue Elan Records. A poignant tribute to his fabled friendship with his “musical brother, ” Frey, it features Jack’s own renditions ten of their songs, performed solo and with guest vocalists Rita Coolidge, Janiva Magness, Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen. “This album,” wrote Jack in the liner notes, “is dedicated to my great friend of 46 years, Glenn Frey. Glenn and I always had a fabulous time writing songs together. We would talk about our lives and laugh. He was the funniest person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. It was my great good fortune that my buddy happened to be one of the best songwriters of all time. Goodbye my friend and musical brother. Thanks for all the wonderful times.” Raised in San Diego, Jack became one of America’s most prolific and widely-covered songwriters, crafting classics for himself as a solo artist and band member (as part of the legendary Funky Kings) as well as for a host of other artists, including George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Tom Waits, Glen Campbell, Jackson Browne, Dwight Yoakam, Linda Ronstadt, Tanya Tucker, and many more. His most famous non-Eagles hit, first recorded by the Kings, was “Swaying To The Music (Slow Dancing),” a giant hit for Johnny Rivers, and now a modern standard.