Recorded at Inglehood Studios in East Nashville, the new Scuffletown/ATOM collaboration features 13 brand new songs fleshed out by a stellar cast of musicians including Joe McMahan on guitar, James "Hags" Haggerty on bass, Marty Lynds on drums, and Micah Hulscher on keyboards. Produced by local hero Cowboy Keith Thompson, DARK HORSE DAYS is a genre busting melange of Americana, folk, country, and pop influences reminiscent of Steve Earle, Jackson Browne, Nick Lowe, and Robyn Hitchcock.
DONAL HINELY - ACOUSTIC GUITAR, VOCALS• JOE MCMAHAN - ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC GUITARS, MANDOLIN • JAMES "HAGS" HAGGERTY - ACOUSTIC AND UPRIGHT BASS, BACKING VOCALS • MARTIN LYNDS - DRUMS AND PERCUSSION, BACKING VOCALS • MICAH HULSCHER - KEYBOARDS, ACCORDION • DAVID HENRY - CELLO AND VIOLIN • MAVIS TURNER - TRUMPET • DREA RHENEE MERRITT - BACKING VOCALS • ALEXIS SASKI - BACKING VOCALS • LAURA MAYO - BACKING VOCALS • COWBOY KEITH THOMPSON -BACKING VOCALS
PRODUCED AND RECORDED BY COWBOY KEITH THOMPSON AT INGLEHOOD STUDIOS, EAST NASHVILLE • MIXED BY COWBOY KEITH THOMPSON EXCEPT "FROM THE DAY" AND "WHEN I BURN", MIXED BY CHAD BROWN• MASTERED BY ALEX MCCOLLOUGH AT YES MASTER • PHOTOGRAPHY BY JARED MANZO • DESIGN BY ELECTRIC AVENUE NASHVILLE • COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN LOK I THE SEATTLE TIMES
ALL SONGS BY DONAL HINELY, SCUFFLETOWN MUSIC (ASCAP)
In the past 3 1/2 years, I said goodbye to both of my parents. The biggest fans I will ever have, their love and support was unconditional and their influence on my life immeasurable. My father loved the horse races and had an affinity for the long shot. I too am drawn to the idea that despite a stacked deck and long odds, life occasionally affords an unexpected outcome. There is something deeply satisfying when conventional wisdom takes a slap in the face. Maybe Tom Petty said it best: Even the losers get lucky sometimes.
These songs are my little underdogs. They're scruffy and rough around the edges. I never gave them much of a chance, yet here they are, defiant in the face of personal chaos and uncertainty. I'm glad they broke through. I'm proud of them. I hope you like them, too. -DONAL HINELY, 11/04/15
Thanks to all who played a part in this production:
Scott Kinnison at ATOM Records, Joe McMahan, James "Hags" Haggerty, Martin Lynds, Micah Hulscher, David Henry, Mavis Turner, Drea Rhenee Merritt, Alexis Saski, Laura Mayo, Chad Brown, Alex McCollough, Curt Perkins, and Jared Manzo, A very special thanks to Cowboy Keith Thompson at inglehood Records.
I am forever grateful for your talent, integrity, and generosity. Thanks for taking care of these songs like they were your own , A toast to you, Valeri Alexander. I'm a better person for having known you. I hope you can hear these songs where you are.
Finally, a humble thanks to every soul who ever put a tip in my Jar, bought a CD, or just listened to a song. There are too many to thank here. Just know that your patronage not only buoys the spirit but it keeps this ship afloat.
For Reginald and Beverley Hinely.