Banished to the garage: Blind to Reason finishes their second CD
We just got done mixing and mastering our new EP “Soul Supplier” next to the washing machine. Although we don’t consider ourselves a ‘garage band’, here we are in BTR World Headquarters AKA front man and engineer Steve Studebaker’s converted garage/studio.
The genesis of the record came together during our regular summer swing through Oregon’s Willamette Valley in July of 2012. Upon returning we had new material and a re-energized sense of purpose to make a record we could be proud of. Of course it took almost four months to finish, working around the busy schedule of everyone involved. The core of Steve, drummer Kevin Lewis and Bassist Neil Bellenie got the basic rhythm tracks done at the rate of about one per week. Additonal track ws done whenever the guest players were available, and between loads of laundry.
We were able to get some great guest musicians to drop by including Steven Berk on keys, whose credits include Journey, Santana, Jackson Browne, Eddie Money, and The Greg Allman Band. Also featured were local Bay Area players such as Greg Chambers and Eric Prosch on sax, and of course East Bay harp legend the Mighty Tumbleweed.
Although there’s additional material partially recorded, and a full CD is in the works, we couldn’t wait to get some of this out so we could begin to promote and share with the blues and roots music music community. We have really high hopes for the record and we hope it finds an audience somewhere in the vast expanse of the digital world. Regardless we keep writing, playing and gigging, cause we have no choice. The music compels us.