The long road to the Big Furry album began
with a job as television audio engineer at an upstart home shopping
channel owned by people expecting the return of the Messiah in 1997.
While Sean was in their employ, he maxed out a few credit cards to set
up his own music studio, taking the risk that the Messiah would not
show until he had paid them off, and if the Messiah did show- well,
bad credit would the least of Sean’s problems…
Showing remarkable self awareness and the ability to honestly assess
his engineering talents, Sean decided to use his new studio only for
overdubs and sought out engineer Dave Lawrence to handle the basic tracks
and mixdown duties, beginning a long lasting relationship that is evidenced
in this recording.
This album was produced, written, arranged, and forced into existence
by Sean. As producer, Sean would like to take the time to acknowledge
the musicians who made the live core of these songs. Mike Bishop, lifelong
friend and ’57 strat tone monster added his prodigious yet somehow
organic chops to the cause, as well as the subject matter for a verse
or two… Mark Ambrossino brought unbelievable tone and insanely
consistent yet free flowing timing to his drum tracks. Denzel Hathway
played bass perfectly locked and without ego, except when encouraged
to take the spotlight (check out his intro to “Just Make Music”!)
Brendan Wyant made even the most complex song groove, and his swing
provides the air that keeps some of the heavier songs afloat. The aforementioned
Dave Lawrence plays mandolin as well as engineered, and I need to spend
a moment addressing this man, incidentally whose unintentionally panty-dropping
announcer voice can be heard introing “Just Make Music”.
This album doesn’t sound as good as it does without Dave Lawrence
for what he did and didn’t do. He did not impose his ego upon
the production. He did have the musicality to understand where the songs
were going, and his rare suggestions were always right on target. His
work ethic coupled with his belief in the songs were gratifying and
inspiring, and not lastly, somewhere between the start and end of this
6 year odyssey, he went from being very good to frighteningly good at
his craft, which pushed me to see if we could top the previous effort.
So…. know it. Thank you.