These Days (The Virginia Sessions)

These Days (The Virginia Sessions)

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This album was recorded in the wake of losing Chris. Todd Wright, a longtime friend and touring member of PMB at the time, and I had a plan. We wrote every song together and spent long days and nights tracking into the wee hours at his home in Virginia. We wanted to make something that was a bit more personal for me and also honor CW through each track. I think we accomplished that. Todd’s wiener dogs, for some reason, never seem to recognize me, even after knocking on the door nearly every day for months. The barking was a guarantee to go along with the sound of 12 little feet on a wood floor scampering every which way. I’m amazed you actually can’t hear them on the recording. I remember one time I strutted into the vocal booth with confidence to nail a certain part where I found a “present” that one of those lil guys had left for me. As if to foreshadow that my singing was going to be as horrendous as that pile of dung. Thanks a lot, buddy.

The record came out great if I do say so myself. Todd was as focused as I’ve ever seen someone. He was determined to make the best PMB record to date. We brought in Al and JW to sing on a few tracks, had Brian rip solos that are still some of the best I have ever heard caught on tape at any level while Chardy and Ghegan tore it up as well. Overall we captured the spirit of CW and released what I thought was a very heartfelt record with some of the best songs I had ever been a part of writing. “Come Back Home” still honors our nation’s armed forces and I hope brings a ray of hope and peace to those hurting during these tough times overseas. I am forever grateful to Todd and know his talents are sprinkled all over those recordings.