Session Work


Session?Work

I haven’t done a lot of studio work for others, but here are a few notable examples.

I was fortunate to be asked by a songwriter friend of mine, Steve Medd, to play a few tracks on an album of his original music, which was?lyrically?based on the poetry of Pauline Johnson. His goal was to create a mix?of styles and a variety of women’s voices contributing to the album. At the time, Avril Lavigne was about 15 years old, and Steve thought it would really give her a boost to be included on the CD. He wanted?my understated bluesy style for a song called Temple of Life – a wonderful tribute to the sacredness of the great Canadian outdoors. I do the electric guitar work on this piece. So in the end, this ended up being my greatest “claim to fame.”

Temple of Life

Temple of Life (with Avril Lavigne) - Temple of Life - one of Avril Lavigne's earliest recordings, 15 years old.      

The song on the album that I was most please with, however, was called “Where we begin.” Steve asked me to use?a smooth distorted for the lead, and combined that with the wonderful acoustic stylings of Dan Charbonneau. The result was a great contrast of?latin sounds – Spanish acoustic fills backed by Carlos Santana style strat. The song is actually about an injured wolf dying, so listen for the howl of the guitar on the last phrase.

Where We Begin

Where We Begin