Now presenting, my new album…
Ten new songs, written and recorded (mostly) at Brablec Farms in Britton, Michigan. It is available from my new label Northern Detective on CD, MP3 and limited edition 12” vinyl.
Download it now from Bandcamp.
I’m so grateful for the help, support, patience and incredible photography of Kristie Brablec. She is responsible for that stunning album cover shot. Many thanks to John Fossum, Matt Collar, Christian Anderson and Scott DeRoche who, for the last two years have comprised my live band Timothy Monger State Park and who played brilliantly all over the record. Absolute pros, all of you. Thanks also to Jason Decamillis for getting the project off the ground by engineering the initial recording sessions back in 2008. And then there’s the amazing Geoff Michael who patiently talked me off the ledge many times and mentored me through the engineering process. He’s responsible for the gorgeous final mixes. And where would I be without Chris DuRoss who has fixed my sad old computers so many times enabling me to keep working. And my friend Doug Coombe was always willing to help and lent me two of his beautiful vintage guitars which are featured prominently on the album.
Thank you to Paula Kelley for the beautiful string and wind arrangements and for agreeing to run an Ann Arbor string session from her garden in Los Angeles via Skype. Thanks to Jared Nelson Smith for moral support and long-distance organ collaboration which I apparently imported incorrectly although I still can’t tell.
My super professional string quartet of Natania Monger, Lola Kern, Cathy Franklin and Sarah Cleveland totally knocked it out of the park, as I knew they would. And Tyler Duncan was nice enough to take some time between tours of the U.S. and Ireland to record the uillean pipe part on “When I’m a Happy Drunk” which totally makes the song. My brother James Monger also played mandolin on that song while I hid from Lenawee County tornados in his basement last summer. He’s been a pillar of support during this entire project. And then Kelly Sulick came up from Indiana to play the haunting flute parts on “Broken Barrows”. Jim Kissling did the really great sounding mastering job and was so easy to work with. So many great musicians and artists… thanks to all of you for your talent and time!
Of course after the music was finished more great people like Dan Shepelavy stepped in and created the visual element of “The New Britton Sound” with his classy CD and LP design. And leading up to my Day Tour and Release Show I also got to work with poster artists Jenny Harley and Randy Bishop who both put their unique stamp on a part of the album.
And through the entire process my amazing parents Bill & MJ Monger did everything they could to help me out. They’ve been doing that for my entire career, in fact.
Finally, when I was desperate to get the album released but couldn’t afford to do so, eighty-nine extremely generous people helped Kickstart the project to completion in a mere two days. That’s just crazy.
Thank you all.