The idea originated from Kirk Pasich, founder and President of Blue Élan Records. He wanted to capture the emotional connection of my acoustic performances that he’d been watching on stage for many years. Nowhere to Hide became a concept – we recorded in single takes, playing together in the same room with no click track. The only instruments involved were voices, a grand piano, acoustic guitars and dobro. We were seeking the beauty of imperfection, not a slick production.
Everyone involved is a friend, and is special to me. The relationships span the entirety of my career from my first writing partner and band mate, Paul Trudeau to my latest writing partner/producer, Colin Devlin. To mix my past and present together in one room was a rare opportunity. Paul and Colin cover most tracks instrumentally and vocally, and we sprinkled the collection with appearances by my first producer Dave Darling, superstar Janiva Magness, touring sidekick Ali Handal, band mate Tina Trevino, Blue Élan sister Scout Durwood, veteran guitarist Randy Ray Mitchell, the incomparable vocalist Bernie Barlowe, and new musical collaborator, pianist Tyler Cash.
The songs were curated by Kirk in order to cover the span of my career, and include fan favorites as well as a few new songs and two covers. Can’t wait to share these with you! XO