This is an album of solo guitar tracks.
Every song is one guitar.
One whole take.
Some compositions. Some improvisations.
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“On a camping trip in year 11 to the Badger Creek Caravan Park I watched my friend catch a fish from the caravan park dam. As it flopped on the rotting wooden jetty (long since replaced), I improvised the last moments of the fish’s life on the black steel string acoustic guitar that I had just bought at the Healesville op shop for $40. I still have the guitar. For some reason I had engraved pentagrams into the back of it while in school.”
“Andrew, the friend who caught the fish, had always been very encouraging of me playing this style of music. Over the years he has been pretty much the only person I have given recordings of this sort of stuff to, although all of my other albums usually have a few solo guitar instrumentals on them and I play some of them at most solo gigs.”
Huge thanks to Andrew Oakley (for inspiration and encouragement), Lauren Danaher, Stevie P Sterling, Justin Rudge (mastered and delivered to my door!!) All the Dallas dudes, The Dixon’s dudes, my lovely friends and family (way too many to list although David Parker and Helen Rowe deserve a special mention for being at most gigs). Thanks heaps to Triple R and PBS, especially Richard Watts and David Heard
2007 Never Really There
2010 Ryan Sterling and the Sister City S/T
2010 Stupid Heart
2011 Cut From Clouds
2012 Palace Laundry