Matthew Lickona 11:49 p.m., Dec. 10
Half Alive: Stories From Under the Black Hat
4.Love Is Just A Word
7.My Only Son
Featuring the Electric Stickband and Jenene Lambert, the album was produced by Swen-Erik Seaholm at Kitch n Sync Studios, and mastered by Paul Abbott at Zen Mastering, both in San Diego. With Michael “Mrod” Rodriguez on drums, Christopher “Halestorm” Hale on fretless bass, Jenene Lambert on backing vocals, Bahman Sarram on violin, Bob Bartosik on saxophone, and the Reverend covering 6 and 12 string acoustic and electric guitars, slide guitar, and lead/ backing vocals, this album features some of the best musicians in San Diego.
According to Stickman, "The concept behind the recording was to lay down the basic tracks (bass, drums, guitar) live in the studio, and then add vocals, solos, etc. via multi-tracking. The first part of the title (Half Alive) is from the fact that it was recorded that way."
"With Mrod and Halestorm for a rhythm section, I thought it was important to capture the raw energy and connection that is always present at our live shows."
"We actually cut 13 songs in a six hour studio session, 9 of which are being self-released on this CD (The rest are to be released in a Volume II EP next year). With studio wizard and producer Swen-Erik Seaholm’s insight and experience helping to craft a unique sound, the album is described by mastering engineer Paul Abbott of Zen Mastering as alternative folk/pop, and also as alternative rock with a twist of the blues."