Hi, All,

I've been busy for the past few weeks putting the finishing touches on my next CD. Im calling the album All Aboard to acknowledge the railroad theme of the cover art (see the railroad photos in the Photo Gallery section) and the first song-- I Know You Rider. In the train-hopping hobo days of the Great Depression, a rider was a railcar one rode in or on. I'm also inviting the listener to get on board for what I hope will be an enjoyable experience.

For my first two albums, Life Lessons and Bob's Blues, I included only songs I wrote. For this new album, I'm including five original songs and five "covers"--songs written by others and recorded by me.

As usual, I am working with Ed Edwards of Summit Road Studio in Parker, Colorado--just south of Denver. He is the recording engineer and mixer, background and lead guitar player, background vocalist, and djembe (African drum) player. He is a great fit for me. Not only is he an amazing musician, he gets the emotional tone and message of my songs and creates musical settings for my vocals that go far beyond my abilities as an instrumentalist.

My wife Sheila recorded background vocals for You Can Tell Me Your Secrets, the last song on the new album. She was new to the recording studio experience, but she caught on quickly and we sound great together. We've been singing together for 35 years, but this is the first time it's been recorded. The words of the chorus tell it all:

You can tell me your secrets, and I can tell you mine

The trust this creates keeps us going just fine

We're walking this road together; it's a mighty good time

All Aboard should be available sometime in September. Don't worry, I'll be sure to let you know. :-)

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