Better Days Ahead…
Like a lot of musicians who found themselves with no gigs to play over this past winter, I hunkered down in my studio and began work on an album.
Concurrently, I spent time processing the emotional turmoil that came with the pandemic. It was a full plate, man. A full, heavy plate.
Surprisingly the songs that were written during the recording process ended up being fun and joyous. Not pure escapism necessarily but I couldn’t have controlled what they ended up being anyway. They just kind of…happened.
Maybe I was just tired of feeling shitty. I could only assume a lot of folks felt the same way. But at the end of the day, the tracks that will eventually make up the album called, “Better Days Ahead” lifted my spirits. I hope they lift yours too.
It's going to be a big departure from the hip-hop highway I’ve been on over the last ten years. The only way I can describe the new tracks is…Yacht Rock.
Yacht Rock is perhaps one of the more positive “genres” of music out there. The artists that populate Yacht Rock playlists (especially Steely Dan) were the ones I loved listening to on Rock 102 in Springfield, MA as a kid. I think the other influences should be pretty evident when you hear the songs.
The musicians and artists that play on the tracks are all at the top of their games. And they all became collaborators in their own rights. I’m going to be dropping a new track every other Monday and as I do that, I’ll be introducing the players who brought nothing short of their A-games to the recordings.
The first track, “Archipelago”, was released on June 28th. Thanks to all of you who have already checked it out. There will be ten tracks in total and I’m planning on giving the album a proper vinyl release later this Fall or early Winter.
In the meantime, this is the album cover created by one of my oldest Block Island friends, Liz Lomax. It’s an amazing piece of art and I’ll post soon about Liz in more detail and her process.
So once again, I thank you all for your love and support over the last year. Please accept these songs as my “thank you” to you all who in my darkest hours helped to remind me that indeed, there would be… Better Days Ahead.
LIVE SHOWS ALL SUMMER!
Dr. W has once again ensconced himself on his summer retreat, Block Island. The Dr.'s official home base is Captain Nick's Rock n' Roll Bar. There he performs weekly on Mondays as the house DJ for Disco Nite. On Sunday afternoons D-dubs takes the outdoor stage with his band the Young Guns from 5:30-8:30pm.
For complete list of dates visit Bandsintown.