New Kids Album Will Save the Planet!

Winston with cape and CD's ready to save the planet

Michael Ryther’s “Kids of the Earth: Songs For the Green Generation” produced by Willie Wisely. Michael Ryther, a grade school teacher here in Los Angeles, approached me about producing an album of kids music. He had a batch of awesome rough demos, each with an important message about environmental activism. Gathered together these songs would […]

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The Singles Series: “Fall Inside You Eyes [Eric Heywood pedal steel]”

Jackie Lomax "Fall Inside Your Eyes" [Apple Records] The Beatles George Harrison

Transparent recording process reveals all. Eric Heywood came in yesterday and set pedal steel down on two new recordings. If you’ve seen Over The Rhine, Tift Merritt, Ray Lamontagne, Andrew Bird or The Pretenders over the past few years, you’ve definitely had Eric blow your mind. First, we tracked Jackie Lomax’ “Fall Inside Your Eyes” […]

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The Singles Series: “Sutures Loose [acoustic demo]“

ringer t-shirt tee. blue sky, wings, Saranac

Transparent recording process reveals all. Turning on to Ryan Adams hit me like a thunder bolt. In admiration of how prolific an artist he is, and how wonderfully nonchalant nearly all his work tends to be, I wrote this one as quickly and decisively as possible. No second guessing, or thinking too much about what […]

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The Singles Series: “Sleep” (live)

Transparent recording process reveals all. My wife walked over to the piano with our new born in her arms. She dipped down with one hand to show the babe how the piano makes noise. I stood across the room, witnessing this, and in her five random notes, received the vision for an entire song. I […]

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The Singles Series: “Invisible” – Electric Guitar, Piano, Bongos, Conga & Triangle

Funkytown Studio, guitar, bass drums, velvet pants, plaid suit, long hair, Tamla drums

Transparent recording process reveals all. I’ve known John Fields a long time. It’s a friendship that veers between collaboration, BBQ, the camaraderie of our same-aged daughters, and our passion for the great music. With long-time relationships, comes funny stuff. Truth becomes unavoidable. Walls come down. And elephants in the room suddenly begin screaming. He and […]

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Scooped To The Right – The Monsters Of Lite Rock

70s, 80s, puka shells, white belt, moustache, lite rock, drink a toast to innocence, monsters

A Tribute Album: Well now isn’t this the height of revisionist hypocrisy! That we, some 30 years on, sit here creamin’ over Ambrosia, Climax Blues Band, Firefall, Andrew Gold, Little River Band, Rupert Holmes and all manner of 70’s and 80’s musical polyester. In their heyday, this crowd of artists felt like sonic grave stones […]

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Wisely band plays the C.I.A. in North Hollywood – Sat. June 15th, 2013

circus shrine freak show

Freaky gig, Freaky venue. Pay fealty to the the shrines of The California Institute of Abnormal Arts––the most absurdly wonderful music joint in Los Angeles. No, it’s not a front for Scientology! It’s just a great place to see my band play on Saturday, June 15th. We headline at 11:30pm with an artist I dig, […]

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The Singles Series: “Invisible” – Slide Guitar, Mellotron, New Drums

Brass slide on Guild guitar neck with mid-60's Gibson 125 on the floor.

Transparent recording process reveals all. After years of not playing the slide guitar, “Invisible” beckons to shake off the rust. It’s something I love to do, having learned how in the 90’s, playing along to “Love In Vain” on The Rolling Stones‘ “Let It Bleed”, and J. B. Hutto & Lightning Hopkins records. It got […]

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The Singles Series: “Invisible” – Tracking Bass

John Fields plays bass in a recording studio to a new song called "Invisible" by Willie Wisely

Transparent recording process reveals all. Originally I’d shown up at John Field’s studio to talk him through my drum vision for “Invisible”, a new song by Cliff Hillis & myself. Instead, John picked up his trusty Harmony bass, and got to work laying it down. Without any thought or discussion we kept last week’s rough […]

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The Singles Series: “Invisible” – Rough Drum Ideas

suitcase drum kit, tambourine

Transparent recording process reveals all. I emailed him, “play the drums like on Matthew Sweet’s ‘Girlfriend’ or ‘Rhiannon’ from ‘Rumours,’ or both simultaneously.” Then, night fell. The next morning John Fields, producer of two Wisely albums (“She” and “Turbosherbet“) sent me his big messy test pass of drums. Suddenly, the arrangement for “Invisible,” co-written with […]

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