Better Than Pretend

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Track Listing

1) That’s My Story

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A Love song for New Orleans. I wrote this on a maniacally cold February in my hovel on West 13th Street. I am sure that bourbon and Lucinda Williams were involved. How I craved moving home to da swamp. Guess what? I made it back home. Somethings have a good ending.

2) Just Too Good

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One of the first songs that I wrote for this CD. About loving someone that is too good for you. Loving someone because you see in them what you wish that you saw in yourself. Kevin Kuhn, guitar player extraordinaire is on his green b-bender telecaster and the lovely Annie Hayden is singing background vocals

3) Nobody Knows

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The emptiness of NYC can be overwhelming at times. The first day that I got to the city I was standing on a corner with my cheap suit on and my Gretsch, 600 dollars in a bank account and it hit that there was not one person in this city that knew my name. Freeing, yes, overwhelming, yes.

4) Better Than Pretend

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5) Slipped Away

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I took a little 6 month sojourn to a beautiful place on the beach.  It was a long, beautiful and sad 6 months.

6) Long Time Coming

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We recorded this song as an after thought. I was totally out of money and then BAM this song came to me. I begged Andrew Frawley to let us record in his apartment over by the Brooklyn Navy Yards. The drum is a TINY little hand drum that sounded HUGE in the cavernous space. An ancient Mac laptop with less than a gig left on it and a handful of mics and there you have it. One of my favorite songs.

7) Something’s Not Right

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Do you ever have one of those days when you wake up and everything is just -blanked-up? Well, I had about a month of that in my shack on West 13th in the spring of 2005. I decided to celebrate it.

8) Cool Cruel Touch

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HA.. me being melodramatic with some bad 8th grade poetry. The coolest thing about this song is the drumming by none other than Mike Marble. I mean what a cool ass name for a drummer. This was mixed by Blake Eiseman in Atlanta. Blake is the master of the mixing board.

9) In Love With The World

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No matter how bad it gets, I always seem to be able to muster up the strength to fight the good fight. This song is about questioning this facet of my personality. What a freaking awesome solo by Kevin Kuhn. I miss playing with him. I hope that we are able to play some shoes together again soon. This was recorded Philip Glass’ now shuttered studio in SOHO. You can hear the elegance of Ichiho Nishiki in the engineering.

10) Hollywood Cocktails

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Damn.. What a freaking great band. Andrew, Sean, Kevin and Ted. Ted has narcolepsy and fell asleep while working on this song. HA

11) Fast

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SLOW DOWN.. I kept trying to tell myself this when I was living in NY. I tried to sit back, work and enjoy the ride but.. This song has the baddest ass bass courtesy of “the bass whore” Dave Brouilette. If you are ever in New Orleans be sure to check out his band Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue

12) Feel Like Making Love

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This is just pure silliness that was inspired by some funny smelling tobacco. Hmm..

13) Burnin’

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This is the last song that I wrote before I left New Orleans to go to New York. I played Tip’s to about 20 people by myself. Mad as hell and feeling about 2 inches tall I stormed outside and wanted to burn everything down. Needless to say, I didn’t and all ended well. I love the rawness of this track.

14) No Time Now

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Get out your lighters.. 70′s rock for the new generation. My confessional, my sword and my shield.

15) Whole Lot Left To Learn

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One of the coolest things about growing older is that you learn that you really never know anything and the sooner you accept this the better off you are. That’s what this song is about.

16) Too Late Now

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This is a love song to the fabled Audubon Hotel on St Charles. Its all about working for what you want and then getting it and realizing that the weight of that acquisition is crushing..

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