I am a singer/songwriter from a family of singer/songwriters and I started writing songs when I was five years old. It’s something I’ve been doing my whole life. It’s hard to get out of the way of music and songwriting in my family.
“Harp Trouble In Heaven” is a record that took me a long time to get around to recording and it’s a bunch of love songs with a smattering of other more worldly concerns. I was inspired by the the good fortune of being in a close family and the lyrics are evocative of this. “Harp Trouble In Heaven” was beautifully produced by Rob Morsberger which featured a host of terrific players and singers, most prominently Brian Dunne on the drums and Paul Ossola on the bass. They sound just great. I wrote the songs and sang them all and played a lot of guitar. My ever loving wife, Mary Mullally, wrote one of the songs with me. My sisters gave some cool harmonies. Rob was a terrific musician and producer who co-wrote two of the tracks and left this world way too soon. He is greatly missed.
I’ve written songs and performed with my wife, my daughter, my sisters, my in-laws, my niece the list goes on and on. It’s a nice situation if not a little strange. My three sisters formed the ground breaking avant-garde folk trio The Roches in the late 1980s and have been a huge influence on me and a whole lot of other folks as well. My niece Lucy Wainwright-Roche is a singer-songwriter currently making a splash all over the place with her music. Her dad is the Grammy winning singer songwriter Loudon Wainwright III who I got to sing with on The Charlie Poole Project. Greg Trooper is a renowned songwriter who also happens to be my brother in law. Everywhere I turn there are people writing songs.
I should also mention Paranoid Larry. This is a guy who’s songwriting cannot be over-hyped and I have been in his “imaginary band” for a lot of wonderful shows here in New York. You must see it to believe it.