What began as a Spring cleaning session has quickly turned into a mighty fine place to record (as you can see, I didn’t get very far with the cleaning). This week’s video features saxophonist Ben Flocks in a beautiful rendition of the nearly-forgotten standard, Ebb Tide. We were lucky enough to host Ben at Jazz,… Continue Reading
Here’s a tune that goes well with the end of the night, after the guests have gone home, and the bartenders are polishing the glassware and getting ready to lock up. That is all.
On a hot Sunday afternoon in July, we gathered some of San Antonio’s finest into the shed for a recording session for the ages. In advance of his upcoming European tour, Garrett T. Capps opted to change Doug Sahm’s original lyric from “Goodbye San Francisco” to “Goodbye San Antonio.” Augie Meyers, who worked closely with… Continue Reading
I had the pleasure of recording San Antonio Tex-Mex artist Garrett T. Capps with his band, ‘The Three Timers’ a couple weeks ago in the backyard shed. Garrett’s working on a new podcast (stayed tuned in 2020), and wrote Trouble Country as its theme song. A modern Country tune with a melody that instantly gets… Continue Reading
This song has words—they just need to be written. In any case, you can use your imagination in the meantime. Here are the basics: It’s a Western tune involving an outlaw, a bad guy (not the same thing), a saloon, a public hanging, and of course, a woman. In other words, the usual. But first,… Continue Reading
I’ve been reading Amor Towles’ novel, Rules of Civility (which I highly recommend), and was struck by the following line: “. . . nor was it the life of the seafarer exposed to the elements for years at a time, returning like Odysseus, older, weaker, nearly forgotten—unrecognizable to all but one’s dog.” You know the… Continue Reading
Written by Victor Young and Edward Heyman, this is one of my favorite Ballads ever written. You might be most familiar with Nat Cole’s rendition, but there are countless others worth listening to, from Miles Davis to Tony Bennett to Johnny Mathis. My personal favorite is Bill Evans’ rendition from his album Portrait in Jazz… Continue Reading