"This record was the product of a burst of writing and home recording that took place during a time of intense transition. I had met and was dating the woman who would become my wife; I was inching out of my restaurant job that had been my economic and social lifeline during my first years in Austin; I had not yet made much of a move to have my own music heard, which had been my intention when I moved from New York in 2000. I wondered about maybe going back to school. Bush was in the White House, the news was all bad, and I was reading far too much nonfiction. I was extremely happy in my personal life, but the real work of making music had kind of been put on the back burner for, y'know, work that pays. I was constantly teetering between intense happiness and existential oblivion. I was an analog 4-track veteran, but I recorded this on my first digital workstation, a Tascam 8-track. I thought it sounded great, but in retrospect, the 16-bit is a bit chintzy, but it has its charm. I have a lot of affection for several of these songs and still play some live."
released December 1, 2005
(C) 2005 madhouse! records
Produced by Rich Restaino
All songs by R.F. Restaino (C) 2005 Dick Frank Music / ASCAP
Recorded on a TASCAM DP-01FX digital 8-track workstation and mixed using freeware Audacity software. Except "My Favorite Remedy, recorded and mixed by Jason James at Spin Studios, Austin, TX.
Mastered by Kris Brown & Stephen Restaino
Photography by Amy Smith
Layout and Design by Robyn Anderson
Rich Restaino: acoustic, electric, and baritone guitars; piano; bass; drums & drum programs; mandolin, lap steel, banjo, harmonica, mini-marimba, vocals
Jason Silverberg: background vocals on "She Always Knows" and "Good Boy (Bailey's Song)"
Jason James: upright bass on "My Favorite Remedy"
Kris Brown: lead guitar and backing vocals on "My Favorite Remedy"
Chris Hinojosa: drums on "My Favorite Remedy"
Hunter S. Thompson: angry revelations and unconventional wisdom on "Dr. Thompson"