SUMMER 2007 UPDATE
The past six months have been fairly uneventful - after retiring from solo touring last November (68 shows last year!) I have been keeping a very low profile. For the first time in almost 11 years I was able to stay home for an entire month without having to pack my gear and fly to a gig. It felt great!
THE GLORIOUS DECLINE
My last record came out just about a year ago and had a pretty successful run. I sold what I expected, got lots of press and as usual learned a lot about the constantly evolving music business. Internationaly I was quite pleased - the record sold well in Holland, Belgium, Italy and Japan. Maybe i will have to start touring again.........
Thanks to all the folks at Maple Music, Fontana North Distribution, Carrot Top Records, CDBaby.com and Club de Musique. Special thanks to Quail's Gate Winery (West Bank, BC). And as always, thanks to you for giving The Glorious Decline a listen.
Retiring from solo touring has allowed me to stay home and work on my new house. It has been months of pure joy stripping layers of paint from doors, frames, floors, baseboard and windows. I have spent over forty hours on the staircase alone and I have to say - it looks great.
The neighborhood old-timers taught me their method of sanding the wood with 3 different grades of sandpaper followed by 2 different grades of steel wool to bring out all the definition and grain. That is followed by hand-rubbing in a coat of linseed oil, re-sanding and re-steel wooling before the final application of oil.
For me, a hundred year-old house with all the natural wood makes a home that is hard to leave.
Over the months I have continued to record on a number of people's records both in person and over the internet. It blows my mind that I can get up in the morning and record steel for a Danish band's record while still in my pajamas. You just gotta love technology.
I have also been totally immersed in recording my instrumental pedal steel records, a long-time passion of mine. Even though I haven't found the time to paint the walls in my new house I have turned one whole floor into a recording studio and another room into a mixing suite. I am hard at work recording day and night on this project. So far 22 songs are at least 50% finished. That leaves 18 more to compose and record to finish the record. I will start posting tracks on myspace/bobegan later this summer.
THE SECRET PROJECT
This one is big, but unfortunately I can't tell you about it yet.