The CD

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Songs From the Third Act is a collection of songs written over a period of many years. They’re about the extremes of love and the human condition, the tribulations of the road, and the quirky randomness of life in general.

The tunes are sequenced with an A side / B side type of arrangement, like albums used to be made, and they’re meant to be heard in sequence because it’s a journey through a series of stories.

I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I’ve enjoyed making it… click here for a preview.

Click on the titles below for audio samples and lyrics.

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All The King’s Horses

Charlie Hase : Weissenborn slide guitar
Darryl Havers : piano + accordion
Nolan Murray : mandolin
Brent Gubbels : bass
Shawn Soucy : drums

Recorded 2017

Spirit Studio * Surrey BC
Co-Producer/Engineer: Shawn Soucy

Vocal tracks recorded at Wizard Sound Services * Vancouver BC
Engineer: Brian Campbell

I started writing this in 1984 after a trip to Dawson City for a wonderful folk festival. There’s something truly magical about summer evenings that go on forever in the Land of the Midnight Sun, especially when you’re sitting on a floating dock where two legendary rivers converge. The lyrics speak to the trouble an over-eager heart can get into with the wrong person. (This girl is in wayyy over her head!) The song languished in my tune bag for a really long time before I finally wrote a bridge for it just before we recorded it. I really love the way this one turned out.

Laundromat Man

Charlie Hase : pedal steel guitar
Darryl Havers : piano
Brent Gubbels : bass
Shawn Soucy : drums

Recorded 2017

Spirit Studio * Surrey BC
Co-producer/Engineer: Shawn Soucy

Vocal track recorded at Wizard Sound Services * Vancouver BC
Engineer: Brian Campbell

This is about a classic laundromat at the corner of 4th and Bayswater in Kitsilano, a social hub for hippies back in the 1970s. During my many visits I became quite fascinated by the guy who worked there. He was a bit “off” and probably what we would now call “on the spectrum.” He ran the place like a well-oiled machine, and I often wondered what his life must be like, so I wrote a song about him. The lyrics are a bit saucy, and the band took that and ran with it…

Hearts on Fire

Charlie Hase : pedal steel guitar
Brent Gubbels : bass
Shawn Soucy : drums

Recorded 2016/2017

Spirit Studio * Surrey BC
Co-producer/Engineer: Shawn Soucy

Vocal track recorded at Wizard Sound Services * Vancouver BC
Engineer: Brian Campbell

This song has been a real problem child. It went through several rounds of critiques in Nashville over several years. After a particularly brutal session where it got shot down for having a weak chorus, I went home to tinker with it some more. Eventually the reworked chorus started growing on me and I was finally happy with it. It’s based on the true story of Terry Lynn Barton and the Hayman Fire in Colorado in 2002. Barton’s story really resonated with me and I immediately thought it would make a great song. As a songwriter you just never know when inspiration is going to strike. Click on the links to read the story…

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Charlie’s Tune

polly and charlie

Charlie Hase : pedal steel guitar
Darryl Havers : piano
Brent Gubbels : bass
Shawn Soucy : congas

Recorded 2016/2017

Spirit Studio * Surrey BC
Co-producer/Engineer: Shawn Soucy

Vocal tracks recorded at Wizard Sound Services * Vancouver BC
Engineer: Brian Campbell

This is another song that took a long time to finish because it was so personal. It’s about being with someone who is slipping away and bearing witness to all the complicated emotions that come with that. Charlie Frizzell became one of my oldest and dearest friends after getting hitched to my best friend Polly in the early 1970s. They met in Berkeley after he migrated from Massachusetts, driving out west with Mimi Farina. Charlie was a talented photographer and entertaining raconteur, and boy did he have some great stories from hanging out in the east coast folk music scene.  Charlie was one of the sweetest souls you’d ever want to meet, and he had the most spectacular memorial party I’ve ever had the privilege to attend.

This Time

Charlie Hase : pedal steel + Weissenborn slide guitar
Brent Gubbels : bass
Shawn Soucy : drums

Recorded 2016/2017

Spirit Studio * Surrey BC
Co-producer/Engineer: Shawn Soucy

Vocal tracks recorded at Wizard Sound Services * Vancouver BC
Engineer: Brian Campbell

Sometimes you take a song into the studio and it comes out the other end sounding like nothing you had imagined. This Time started life as a quiet little fingerpicking tune, but once we fired up the rhythm section behind it and Charlie got the pedal steel driving the groove, it took on a whole new identity. It’s a tale of woe on the rodeo circuit, about a cowboy, some hard luck, and a hard woman who takes him for everything he’s got. This is one of those characters who comes alive in a song, and if you don’t feel sorry for him by the end of this track, what can I say… And hey, we made a little video for it. Click here to watch.

Doin’ Alright

Charlie Hase : pedal steel guitar
Darryl Havers : piano
Nolan Murray :
fiddle
Brent Gubbels : bass
Shawn Soucy : drums

Recorded 2017

Spirit Studio * Surrey BC
Co-producer/Engineer: Shawn Soucy

Vocal track recorded at Wizard Sound Services * Vancouver BC
Engineer: Brian Campbell

This is a tune that arrived all at once, in a seedy hotel room in Revelstoke BC at the tail end of a miserable few weeks on the road. I started playing it at coffeehouse gigs and people seemed to love it. Picture a tired band at the end of a six-night gig. It’s two in the morning, the air is thick with cigarette smoke, the drummer is stifling a yawn, and the piano is really out of tune. Two or three really drunk couples are careening around the dance floor, someone wants to hear Me and Bobby McGee, the waiters are slamming glasses into the dishwasher, and the bartender is announcing last call. If you listen all the way to the end you’ll hear some bar sounds and a Canada/Russia hockey game from 1966. Good times!

Mama Cries

Charlie Hase : pedal steel guitar
Brent Gubbels : bass

Recorded 2017 at Wizard Sound Services * Vancouver BC
Co-Producer/Engineer: Brian Campbell

This song is another one that’s been through many changes over the years. I had a demo done in Nashville in the 90s, and when I started playing it live I realized it was much more suited to a stripped-down type of presentation. So here it is with just an acoustic bass and some haunting pedal steel to let the sad story stand up and speak for itself. This one is a weeper!

No Lullabye

Charlie Hase : pedal steel guitar
Brent Gubbels : bass

Recorded 2017 at Wizard Sound Services * Vancouver BC
Co-Producer/Engineer: Brian Campbell

Another song that arrived out of nowhere without explanation one day. Years later it was suddenly the soundtrack to my life. Sometimes the best medicine is just a walk on the beach…

Far From Me

Charlie Hase : pedal steel guitar
Brent Gubbels : bass
Shawn Soucy : drums

Recorded 2017 at Wizard Sound Services * Vancouver BC
Co-Producer/Engineer: Brian Campbell

Drum tracks recorded at Spirit Studio * Surrey BC
Engineer: Shawn Soucy

Probably my favourite breakup song of all time from the master of songwriting, John Prine. I’ve always had a handful of his tunes in my live repertoire, and decided to include this one in the collection just because…

Pinto Pony

Charlie Hase : dobro

Recorded 2017 at Wizard Sound Services * Vancouver BC
Co-Producer/Engineer: Brian Campbell

Pinto Pony is one of the first songs I ever wrote, another tale of cowboy life, and the indispensable companionship of horses. I’ve always been in love with the whole idea of the lifestyle, and went crazy for horses from the first time I saw one in the flesh. I cut my teeth on Roy Rogers, serial westerns on TV, and John Wayne double features at the Hollywood Theatre on Broadway. For my fourth birthday I got sixguns, chaps, a badge, and a red hat with a whistle, and I was in heaven kicking up dust with my imaginary pony in the back alleys. I played this tune for a mentor in Nashville, on a ranch, in a tack room, and it made her cry. Enjoy!

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Charlie’s Tune (reprise)

Charlie Hase : pedal steel guitar
Darryl Havers : piano
Brent Gubbels : bass

Recorded 2017

Spirit Studio * Surrey BC
Co-Producer/Engineer: Shawn Soucy

Vocal tracks recorded at Wizard Sound Services * Vancouver BC
Engineer: Brian Campbell

This is an “unplugged” mix by Brian. I’ve always enjoyed old-school albums that included alternate versions of particular songs, so here it is. Enjoy.

 

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CD Mastering: Craig Zurba