I came off a year and half of promoting and touring in support of my last album "I Melt, I Howl" and retreated to my home in the mountains above Lyons Colorado, where I set up a studio in my garage. I was feeling inspired, a little homesick, and hungry for some re-connection time with my family and the land we live on. After a very frightening fall (71 ft!!) from some rocks I was scrambling on behind my house, I felt compelled to dig deeper into my creative self than I ever had in the past when setting out to record an album. I wanted to extract the most personal and intimate songs that I possibly could for this recording. I set about doing so in my studio and over the course of many nights, mornings, and everything in between, I tracked and produced "The Record Keeper". While it features other musicians playing throughout, it was largely performed by me.
It is a nod to the Humpback whale, as shown on the cover art and the frequent subject of my paintings, this powerful animal, often called the Record Keeper, is said to teach us about listening to the inner voice, understanding the impact of our emotions, and following own truths. She is watchful eye in a chaotic world that sometime works to sway us off track. Everything about this album, from being self produced and recorded at home, to the stories that unfold in the music, tells of a return to self, a grounding, and firm planting of roots in a space that has been so long sought after. This album is an honest presentation of a time defined by a quest endured for independence and place in the world while holding true to self.