landed at my door carrying a guitar and a small tornado
of songs. He’d been hounding the big dream from town to
town, working bars and small cafes, playing whatever
people want to hear. Regular juke-box with a smile.
Picking up gigs any stop in between for fifty bucks and
a burger. Sleeping in the car. Pushing on down the road.
Coast to coast and back again. BC mountains to the
Florida Keys. All those white lines and a life of
Every day he writes a new song.
Disciplined, determined, and prolific. Has a whole
overflowing head-full of original material that bites.
Watched him do his job on an unsuspecting crowd at a
joint on Main Street where he took everyone prisoner.
Though it’s always tough to reach out and hold an
audience with stuff they haven’t already heard before,
this is what he does for a living. They never really
stood a chance.
Somewhere that night, in amongst the
surprise of songs comes a version of Paul Simon’s ‘The
Boxer’ but delivered with a rough authentic urgency
absent from the original. It becomes pure autobiography:
the troubador staying on his feet, standing his ground,
fearless. All business, he punches out one number after
another. With hooks in all the right places. Working a
sweat and working the crowd. For all the determined
world like it’s still fifty bucks and a burger and a
long way home.
Things turned out much the same when I
took him into the studio. The intention was simply to
run a few takes of songs so we could see what we liked
and figure out what to do with it. But he got right down
to work just as soon as the engineer finished setting
him up in a booth. No messin’ and no stopping. No
repeats and no second tries. Just one song after
another. That’s what he does. That’s how he works.
That’s what we captured. Twenty songs in sixty-five
minutes. It’s a record.
About the Album: One of Ladylake Music's records
of the year Moon was recorded in Vancouver B.C. at
Barrell House Sound by Scotty Woolard, Featuring Juno
award winners Steven Drake and Adam Drake, Bob Pompei,
Kevin Lucks, Elise Bouer, Willie MacCalder, Madelyn &
Savannah Reid. Produced by Bob Rylett, Jeff Seaman and
Scotty Woolard. Mixed by Bob Pompei. Moon is Bob
Rylett's best selling record to date.
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