The Deviant Dulcimerist
I had such a blast writing and recording this album. It originally started out as a three- four-song EP with no intention of doing anything but putting the songs up on the internet. But as the project grew, I kept writing and recording.
I had just moved back to San Diego when this began to unfold. One day towards the end of the recording process, I was listening back to the album to see what was needed besides recording the real vocal tracks. I was sitting on my couch with Bosco and my cup of exotic coffee and was shocked. This album had magic to it. It was fun, musical, different, and yes deviant. With renewed energy, I sang my ass off and put the finishing touches on the tracks. Then I thought I really needed to go back on the road and sing these deviant ditties to people. In a strange way, this album surprisingly brought me out of a decade long hiatus.
I had three dulcimers built for the project. One was by Jerry Rockwell, who crafted a four-string hourglass dulcimer I call “Uncle Eddy,” and then another was built by Bernd Krause which was a double dulcimer with a bass fretboard on one side and a treble on the other which I nicknamed “Bubba”. I played that on Banksy and Stormy Weather. Ron Ewing built a beautiful backpacking baritone Dulcimette for me which I used on the song Adrift. The only other instrument I played besides some keyboard was my Guitarcimer.
My original cover art came in the middle of the record. I couldn’t get the eyes right, so I gave myself sunglasses. Perfect solution. Bosco turned out better than me, but I like the beatnik look.
I don’t know why some albums have magic, while others just seem to be good. I’m very grateful this turned out the way it did. There are new songs being written now, and no doubt more to be recorded.
In a mostly traditional folk dulcimer world, I’m very glad to be deviant.
Kevin Roth- San Diego
Click the Song titles for lyrics and samples of the songs.
People who helped make this amazing album!
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