This album is titled "Stories from the Inside Out (Nashville Sessions)" because I am a storyteller. I tell stories in the first person, crawling inside the skin of each song and turning it inside out for the listener to get the visceral, the real.. I try to translate personal truths, which are often universal.
We recorded most of these songs in Nashville, where I studied guitar and songwriting with the legendary bard Steve Young. A pioneer of “outlaw” country music and the Americana movement, Young wrote Seven Bridges Road, which it seems like everyone, not just the Eagles, has covered, and Lonesome Ornery and Mean, one of Waylon Jennings’ best songs. What I love about Steve’s style is the authenticity of his voice: long, open-throated vocals sweeping over galloping guitar licks. There is an intensity of truth there. He sings and writes because he is compelled to do so. I feel the same way.
With a hand-picked team of professional musicians and technicians, I produced and arranged these songs over the course of a year. The mix was produced by master engineer-producer Stephen Hart (Stevie Ray Vaughn, Neville Brothers, David Bowie, White Stripes). Hart is Chief Engineer at the legendary Bay Area recording studio The Site, and he serves as a National Trustee of San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy, which produces the Grammy Awards. [Instrumentation includes: vocals, guitars, bass, violin, viola, cello, flute, synth, harmonium, kalimba, and some light percussion
I have tried to remain faithful to the roots of this work: a woman, a guitar, a story.
released March 1, 2013
Produced, written*(*except noted songs) & arranged by Joanne Rand
Assistant production Steve Young.
Mix Production Stephen Hart
© & P 2013, Homefire Productions, BMI, All rights reserved
In a private studio in Nashville, TN. Additional recording: Tim Gray (Myrtletown Records, Eureka, CA) & Piet Dalmolen (Universal Balance Studios, Arcata, CA). Mix Production: by Stephen Hart (Two Rock Digital, Petaluma, CA). All songs Written & Arranged by Joanne Rand, except: The Coming of the Roads -Billy Edd Wheeler (Words West LLC,Quartet Music, Inc.); Rattlesnake -Traditional; A Change Gonna Come -Sam Cooke (Abco Music, Inc). Bryan’s Song inspired by Bryan Osper (1985-2011). Flying Rattlesnake partially inspired by Josephine Johnson. Whale inspired by two whales, mother and baby, who swam up the Klamath River (CA) in 2011. Photos: outside by Greg King, inside panel by Frank Green, whale by Jon Parmentier. Graphics assistance from Michele AnnLouise Cohen.
Special Thanks to:
my community for funding this CD,
Steve Young for his guidance,
Piet Dalmolen & Tim Gray for arrangement assistance,
Stephen Hart for mixing ten CDs in 18 years,
all the musicians,
Michele AnnLouis Cohen for photography assistance through the years...
and to my family, especially Greg & Georgia. I couldn’t do it without you
Joanne Rand: Acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonium, keyboards, synth & percussion.
Tim Randles: Keyboards (Torch of Freedom, Flying Rattlesnake, Broken Sailor, Weird Kid) Bass: (Torch of Freedom, Flying Rattlesnake)
Robert Franklin: Lead guitar (Coming of the Roads, Broken Sailor, Underneath the Maple, Whale, Nation of Earth)
Piet Dalmolen: E. guitar (Broken Sailor, Nation of Earth)
Marla Joy: Bass (Cowgirl, Whale), Flute (Broken Sailor)
Niko Daoussis: Bass (Rattlesnake, Flying Rattlesnake), Mandolin (Rattlesnake)
Caleb Duncan: Violin (Coming of the Roads, Rattlesnake)
Tim Lorsch: Strings, string arrangement & recording (Underneath the Maple)
Tim Gray: Tambourine (Whale), Synth design (Birdie Fly).
CONTACT: PO Box 586, Arcata, CA 95518 • 877-803-1576 • www.JoanneRandMusic.com