What a pleasant surprise when violinist and singer Meri (former Eluveitie, Irij) asked me if I would be interested to join her to collaborate on new songs for MERI. She sent me some demos and I was more than convinced that something special was served on a silver plate. Even though it’s new musical territory for me, I connected quickly to this style of music. We started right away exchanging ideas. From Ireland to Switzerland and back again. It felt very familiar, as if we had known each other forever. We filled the blank canvas with all kinds of musical colors. From pitch black to shining bright tones – you name it. She’s such a gifted musician and a wonderful human being. It’s real fun and inspiring to work with Meri. Her songwriting is far away from mainstream. Something I really appreciate and admire. I am sure that the outcome will be one of a kind.
The new single “Road Movie” by “The Haunted Echoes” will be released on the 7th of August through TBKS Records. We shot a video for this song on the 19th of July in Winterthur (Switzerland). Patti Marcantonio Strubi performs in a stunning Bauhaus location her choreography to “Road Movie”. A sinister story of a woman who has her own way to break up with her boyfriend. Here’s a little teaser. Enjoy the ride.
I always wanted a Gibson ES-330. This model has no sustain block and sounds just beautiful. My old friend Bodo Suss from Moon Music sells Stanford guitars and showed my the Crossroad Thinline 30. I was blown away by the quality and the sound. The nitro (!!!) finish is simply stunning. The P90 dog ears sound yummy. The guitar is made in China and proofs once more, than Chinese is not equal cheap. For a very reasonable price you even get a nice and sturdy hard case. The setup and overall finish is superb. The tuners are not only great looking but doing their job. When you grab this hollow body guitar for the first time, it’s like coming home. Like meeting an old friend.
You can hear this great guitar on the upcoming The Haunted Echoes Album “Songs Like Horses”. Treat yourself and get it here.
Shawn James. Dark, calling, mesmerizing. Stripped to the bone. Blues, Folk, Gospel – you name it. He creates a haunting mood. The sound of the resonator guitars, the minimal drums. Leaving a lot of space to breath. Heavy, smokey air.
Check him out.