Iron Road is an album of original instrumental music that I recorded over the course of several years. Since I’m a guitar player, the music is guitar oriented. Most of the tracks are probably best described as rock with a sprinkling of country, southern rock, funk and other influences.
The name Iron Road reflects my love of trains as well as the fact that the album is a kind of journey. I had a loose story concept in mind about a character that starts out with great aspirations. Through the course of the album the hero falters and eventually comes to a moment of reckoning. There is then a symbolic rebirth. The hero emerges older and hopefully wiser.
I played all the guitar parts on the album. I recruited my longtime drummer friend John Abatecola to play the drums. Most of the other instruments are software based. Basically I wrote the music and the computer plays it for me. I didn’t use any loops or any other prerecorded parts that weren’t my own except for a few sound effects.
The album was recorded and produced in Logic Pro on my Mac. Music software these days is pretty incredible. It’s like having a recording studio in a box. There are myriad software instruments to choose from.
Logic Pro also has great guitar amp simulation. I put that to good use. All of the guitar tones on Iron Road were done with amp simulation. I plugged my guitar into an interface box that translates the analog signal to a digital signal. The software does the rest.
Iron Road is available in digital format on iTunes and in many other online music stores.Buy CD
This is a video of 16th Street Station, one of the tracks on Iron Road. It was inspired by the unfortunately now-derelict train station in Oakland, California. The video was produced by TSG Multimedia.