Making Hogging The Covers
approached our fans to
help us finance "All The Time In The World," we had promised that the
nest egg would also fund an album of cover tunes, (songs by other
writers) to be recorded at the same time as ATIW. Once into
sessions, however, that proved too ambitious, so we decided to focus on ATIW and
start the covers album later.
Lowen - 12-string
& 6-string acoustic guitars, Dobro, mandolin, vocals • Dan Navarro
guitar, percussion, piano, trumpet, vocals
We spent the
early months of 2005 mulling
over songlists. Dozens upon dozens of songs were considered
and discarded --
"Money Talks" by AC/DC, "Sweet Sixteen" by Billy Idol, "Things
We Said Today" by The Beatles,
"Hang" by the Mojo Monkeys, "Birds" by Neil Young, "Whole Lotta Love"
by Led Zeppelin, "Live" by Mark Bryson (lead singer of our
band Bon Mot) and many many more. Songs that survived the cut
reflected not only songs we had sung onstage for two decades, but also
songs that we were newly enamored wtih.
Renee" and "To Love Somebody"
were among the no-brainers. They had both been part of the
set for many years and were fan favorites. "Blitzkrieg Bop"
"When Something Is Wrong With My Baby" had also been executed live, so
they were on the list.
some new ideas to the party,
including some personal favorites like "Small Town Saturday Night",
"Good Things" and "Drift Away." For the record, Dan was
recording "Drift Away" because it had just been a hit for Uncle
Cracker. But he thought better of leaving such a great song
the album. Eric also tapped the catalog of fellow folkie
Jack Williams, whose "Playing On The Runway" had been shown to us by
actor/singer Ronny Cox. And ultimately he suggested
the Rockpile classic, "Teacher Teacher."
Dan brought some
obvious choices like
"Into The Mystic" and some curve balls, like "It'll All Work Out" and
"The Way I Feel," as well as the previously unreleased,
never-before-recorded "Fall" by Northampton's Joshua Meltzer, a
gorgeous paen to love interrupted.
At times moving,
at times silly, always
soulful and never by-the-numbers, "Hogging The Covers" is a complete
expression of homage to the music Lowen & Navarro love most.
Parlapiano - Piano, organ, accordion • John
Whynot - Organ, piano, sax, percussion • James "Hutch" Hutchinson - Bass • Jim
Keltner - Drums and percussion • Richard Dodd - Cello.
recorded and mixed by John
Whynot. Recorded June and September, 2005 at
Radio Recorders, Hollywood
and Stagg Street, Van Nuys, CA. Additional recording June, 2006 at Palm
Door. Mastered by Mark Chalecki at Capitol
Cover design by Dan Navarro • Photography by Mark Waldrep, Jay
Blakesberg, Dan Navarro and Jupiter Images.
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