It’s been awhile since I’ve recorded any music. When my pal, Peter Craft invited a handful of his musician friends to christen his new studio a few weeks ago, he requested we either write or learn a song we could play LIVE and record without a whole lot of rehearsing or fuss. It was a test drive and a herculean one at that considering Peter was engineer and drummer on all five of the songs we recorded in one day.
The Link Wray song, Fire & Brimstone lunged at me. Brian found Link Wray’s 3-Track Shack collection five or six years ago and this perfect nugget of a song has been in every mixed CD I’ve made since. Yes, I still make mixed CDs.
When asked by my girlfriends who graciously agreed to sing the holy-roller back-ups what this song meant to me, and why we had to wear eye patches, I had no answer. It just seemed inevitable and right. All I knew was that I wanted to be cracked open by singing it. I long to be free enough, strange enough, courageous enough to release my wild soul. In my earlier recording career, I fretted too much about sounding good. But the older I get, the weirder I get and I LIKE IT. My soul is swampy, ferny, lush and when I dig past the muck and worms, there is fire. Brimstone is sulphur y’all. Just a stinky gas and medicine. Not sure why I was taught to fear it, but Devil, you can get behind my fat ass in the name of shaking it if you like to party.
Behold the majesty of Peter Craft’s new studio, Boxer Lodge North, and the joy of friendship.
Sandra Mello - Lead Vocal
Marissa Hereso, Laura Cavaluzzo, Sally Mudd - Backup Vocals
Brian Mello - Slide Guitar
Marco Baroz - Tremolo Guitar
David Knupp - Bass
Peter Craft - Drums and percussion
Engineered & Mixed by Peter Craft at Boxer Lodge North