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Good Man's Journey CD by Neil Carswell



 
1.THE CANE PREACHER - Written by: Neil Carswell
East Winds Records / GHP Pub / ASCAP ©2006
Basic Tracks: Long View Farms Studios, MA /Eng: Phil Green
Ovd. Sessions: Quad Studios, Nashville TN /Eng: Phil Green
Mixed: Skitchim Studios, Ashland City TN /Eng: Chris Anderson

PLAYERS

Drums: Mike Leveque Elec. Rhy. Gtr: Stu Kimball
Bass: Judd Fuller Dobro: Chris Anderson
B3: Johnny Neel Tambourine: Chip Abernathy
Acc. Gtr: Neil Carswell Lead Voc: Neil Carswell
Acc. Gtr: Stu Kimball Elec. Rhy. & Lead Gtr: Barry Goudreau

Song written in a hotel room in Nashville Tennessee while in town doing ovd. vocals on Ruby Jane and Glasses of Wine. I came back to the room and saw two guitar picks on the floor I couldn’t figure out where they came from. My guitar was in an open D tuning so I picked it up and wrote it in a few minutes it seems. I was in tears thinking back to my childhood and the times I spent on the river with my Uncle Harry Lee White. He wasn’t a real preacher but he did a lot of preaching to me anyway. A true story of my life — a heavy metal approach with a back porch vibe. Cane means River Cane, or you can take it as Cain and Able.


2. GOOD MAN’S JOURNEY - Written by: Neil Carswell
Basic Tracks: Normandy Sound, Warren RI /Eng: Phil Green
Lead Voc. Ovd: Normandy Sound, Warren RI /Eng: Trent Kashiner
Gtr.
& B3 Ovd: Straight Up Sound, Nashville TN /Eng: Dennis Gully
Mixed At: Skitchim Studios, Ashland City TN /Eng: Chris Anderson

PLAYERS

Drums: Steve Warner Acc. Gtr: Stu Kimball
Bass: Jeff Coxx

Lead Gtr: Chris Anderson

B3: Johnny Neel Lead Voc: Neil Carswell

Song came to me in an apartment over the studio where I was staying at the
time in Warren, Rhode Island; above Normandy Studios owned by Phil Green.
The lyric was inspired by a verse out of the Bible, Proverbs Ch. 7 Verse 19. The lyric came to me one day while I was having my car worked on. I saw a Bible open so I looked on the page and there it was pushing its way off the page. Already written by King Solomon many, many years ago. The first rock star he sort of was, later to conclude it all isn’t worth the price. “With all these things bring much misery.” Solomon wrote. This was a verse I lived way too many years, lucky to be alive.

 
3. RUBY JANE - Written by: Neil Carswell
Basic tracks: Omni Studios, Nashville TN /Eng: Dan Leffler
Ovd. Voc: Emerald Studios, Nashville TN /Eng: John Saylor
B3 and Bass Ovd: Straight Up Sound /Nashville TN /Eng: Dennis Gully
Mixed at: Skitchim Studios, Ashland City TN /Eng: Chris Anderson

PLAYERS

Drums: Dave Northrup Steel Gtr: Russ Paul
Bass: Jeff Coxx Tambourine: Chip Abernathy
B3, Wurlitzer, & Piano: Johnny Neel Slide Gtr: Chris Anderson
Rhy. Gtr: Shane Theriot BG Voc: Kim Keyes & Jennifer Cihi
Acc. Gtr: Neil Carswell Lead Voc: Neil Carswell

Song was written at the cabin in North Carolina after the death of a man I
admired a lot, Robert Williams. I went on a bad trip on shrooms and God knows what else before I wrote it. I was lucky to make it out alive with a mind intact. I was at a New Age, want-to-be, granola hippie festival in the mountains of North Carolina. I hid in a root cellar until I came down off that crap. My friend Mark Lambert came to pick me up the next day and I vowed to go sober and I did for a while. The song came from that sober period of time in my life. A good friend of mine, Chip Ross, once told me “this ain’t a song it’s a letter.” I guess he was right. Too late to say you’re sorry.

 
4. GLASSES OF WINE - Written by: Neil Carswell
Basic tracks: Omni Studios, Nashville TN / Eng: Dan Leffler
Ovd. Voc: Emerald Studios, Nashville TN / Eng: Jon Saylor
Ovd. Gtr. & Keys: Straight Up Sound, Nashville TN /Eng: Dennis Gully
Mixed at: Skitchim Studios / Eng: Chris Anderson

PLAYERS

Drums: Dave Northrup Lead Gtr. & Rhy: Shane Theriot
Bass: Jeff Coxx Tambourine: Chip Abernathy
B3 & Piano: Johnny Neel BG Voc: Kim Keys & Jennifer Cihi
Lead Gtr. & Wah: Chris Anderson Lead Voc: Neil Carswell

Song written at the cabin in North Carolina in a down time in my life, about love lost and one’s mind. “I got lost in the arrangements, woman, somewhere I tossed my goods.” That about says it. All them glasses of wine. Still, I wouldn’t have traded the inspiration for the world.rld.

 
5. RIGHTEOUS SIDE - Written by: Neil Carswell & Stu Kimball
Basic tracks: Ocean Way Studios, Nashville TN /Eng: Phil Green
Ovd. Session: Quad Studios, Nashville TN / Eng: Phil Green
Mixed at: Skitchim Studios, Ashland City TN /Eng: Chris Anderson

PLAYERS

Drums: Pat McDonald Steel Gtr: Russ Paul
Bass: Jeff Coxx Mandolin: Tramp
B3 & Piano: Johnny Neel Tambourine: Stu Kimball
Acc. Gtr: Stu Kimball BG Voc: Kim Keyes, Jennifer Cihi,
Hillary Lindsey & Chris Anderson
Elec. Rhy. & Lead Gtr: Stu Kimball
Elec. Rhy. & Lead Gtr: Chris Anderson Lead Voc: Neil Carswell

Song written in Rhode Island and Boston, Massachusetts after the break up of Copperhead. Stu Kimball had the music in an open G tuning, started playing it to me and the lyric just came. “Stoned by the weight of the righteous side of angels.” The old man tellin’ in the lyric was Tom Dowd . Sherry Lee is my cousin who I grew up with and am very close to. A song about friendship gone bad, betrayal and spiritual heaviness at the time. A song to my old band Copperhead, “what a powerhouse we were in the short time we shared together.”

RIGHTEOUS SIDE

6. EDGE OF THE GREEN - Written by: Neil Carswell
Basic tracks: Ocean Way Studios, Nashville TN /Eng: Phil Green
Acc. & Elec. Rhy. Ovd: The Rec Room, Nashville TN /Eng: Ben Fowler
Voc. Ovd. and Slide Gtr: Skitchim Studios
Mixed at: Skitchim Studios, Ashland City TN /Eng: Chris Anderson

PLAYERS

Drums: Pat McDonald Tambourine: Chip Abernathy
Bass: Jeff Coxx BG Voc: Kim Keyes & Jennifer Cihi
B3: Johnny Neel Lead Voc: Neil Carswell
All Gtrs: Chris Anderson  

Song written at the cabin in North Carolina at the same time I wrote the song Altar Call, written about my father’s neighbor Roy Goins. He was like a father figure to a lot of people, always good to me and my family; him and his wife Marie. This is just a true story about a man I’m sure many people can relate to.

 

7. POOR SIDE OF THE TRACKS
Written by: Neil Carswell, Jen Harris & Doug Jones
Basic tracks: Straight Up Sound, Nashville TN /Eng: Dennis Gully
Voc.
& Gtr. Ovd: Skitchim Studios
Mixed at: Skitchim Studios, Ashland City TN /Eng: Chris Anderson

PLAYERS

Drums: Mark Beckett Elec. Wah Gtr: Stu Kimball
Bass: Randy Threet Tambourine: Chip Abernathy
B3 & Wurlitzer: Johnny Neel BG Voc: Kim Keyes & Jennifer Cihi
Acc. Gtr: Neil Carswell Lead Voc: Neil Carswell
Elec. Lead Gtr: Chris Anderson  

Song written at my home in Ashland City, the music and lyric hook, Poor Side Of The Tracks came first. Later I wrote the bulk of the lyric with Jen Harris at Steven Sharp’s home of Sharp Objects song plugging company. Set up with Jen by Steve for a co-write. We came up with some good lyrics that day and then Doug Jones helped me finish a few lyrics over the phone because Jen was sick at the time. I pulled the thought from Johnny Rivers' "Poor Side of Town". I heard it on the radio while driving home and reflected back to my own life. It seems you reflect back and think you had it so bad at the time, but things were so simple and pure then on the poor side of it all. Tracks or towns, cities, country roads or streets, success isn't always what you think it is when you're in the thick of it all - you can never go back, only in your mind.

 

8. WALKING OUT ON YOU
Written by: Neil Carswell & Dylan Altman
Basic tracks: Straight Up Sound, Nashville TN /Eng: Dennis Gully
Voc. Ovd: Skitchim Studios
Mixed at Skitchim Studios, Ashland City TN /Eng: Chris Anderson

PLAYERS

Drums: Mark Beckett Lead Gtr: Chris Anderson
Bass: Randy Threet Tambourine: Chip Abernathy
B3 & Wurlitzer: Johnny Neel BG Voc: Kim Keyes & Jennifer Cihi
Lead Voc: Neil Carswell  

Song written at Cal 4 Pub with Dylan Altman. I carried the lyric hook and 6-8 time melody with me for several years. Dylan got right on it playing the Wurlitzer and helping with the lyric, chord structure and arrangement of the tune. We made a work tape and Johnny Neel listened to it twice and cut it, amazing memory. I guess that comes with being blind — one of the only true musical geniuses I have ever met.
 
9. MALIBU DAYS - Written by: Neil Carswell
Basic tracks: Straight Up Sound, Nashville TN /Eng: Dennis Gully
Voc. Ovd: Skitchim Studios
Mixed at Skitchim Studios, Ashland City TN /Eng: Chris Anderson

PLAYERS

Drums: Mark Beckett Tambourine: Chip Abernathy
Bass: Randy Threet BG Voc: Kim Keyes & Jennifer Cihi
B3 & Piano: Johnny Neel Lead Voc: Neil Carswell
Elec. Rhy. & Lead Gtr: Chris Anderson  

Song started in LA at Peer Mansion Pub., above the Sunset Strip, later finished at the cabin in North Carolina. This song is about love lost, a reflection of times spent, gone for good. "So called friends and bright-eyed lovers; let me tell you brother, I have surely paid the cost." A true story of
when and now, how empty one feels when it all comes crashing down. A mansion of heartache in the end it all becomes. Yet, I’d do it all again, “Slow down, and take a deep breath,” as Peter Wolf once said to me.
 
10. NEVER BEEN BORN - Written by: Neil Carswell
Recorded, Ovd. and Mixed at: Skitchim Studios,
Ashland City TN /Eng: Chris Anderson

PLAYERS

Drums: Chip Abernathy Tambourine: Chip Abernathy
Bass: Ross Sermons Strings: Jonathan Yudkin
Acc. Gtr: Neil Carswell Mandolin: Tramp
Acc. Gtr. Lead: Chris Anderson Lead Voc: Neil Carswell


Song started at the cabin in North Carolina before the big flood came and wiped us out of there. So we ended up in Tennessee where I finished writing the song last winter at Chris & Nanette Anderson’s home. I had been here about six months or so and missed my mom and dad a lot. I wrote the song for them and for all parents and kids alike. It is so hard to see your loved ones growing old, so much sometimes it’s hard to bear. I hope the song makes someone think, maybe pick up the phone and give a loved one a call. This song is dear to my heart, a rare one I think, these kind of songs only come a few times in one’s career — a true inspiration from God. “I love you Mom and Dad and miss you dearly.” The price one pays the piper to carry a tune in a bucket filled with empty dreams.

 

 

 Visit the Buy CDs page for other CDs by Neil Carswell & Copperhead

 
 

 

 
 

Self-titled CD "Copperhead"
(produced by Tom Dowd)

 

"Live & Lost" a new collection of tracks from the archives.

 




 


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