ON THE ROAD AGAIN
album played and recorded by band 3am 26th November 2020
Three songs written by Tim Renton and Laura Long, followed by two classic rock covers. “On the Road Again” is pure up-beat, romantic country rock – with acoustic and pedal steel guitars and a touch of mandolin.
Then comes “Reflections” – the second song to have Laura’s lyrics – a slower-paced analysis of a typical troubled relationship – blues with a poignant guitar solo. The mood changes again with Tim’s happy tribute to British blues founder Cyril Davies.
Written and sung by Tim, “Thank You Cyril Davies” is a joyful bop through 1960’s reminiscences with some brilliant honky-tonk interspersed by Chris.
Then come the cover songs: a powerful interpretation of Portishead’s “Glorybox” that allows the entire band to let go and PLAY! Finally, the passionate “Fever” written by Cooley and Blackwell, and here given a new twist with some Stevie Ray Vaughan style.
Band members: Tim Renton: guitars and vocals,
Chris Parren: keyboards,
Laura Long: vocals,
Phillip Myers: percussion and harmonica,
Phil Evans: bass guitar
Recorded on November 12th and 13th 2020 at Panic Studios, Acton.
Recording and mixing by engineer Aidie Hardie.
Mastered by Aidie Hardie on 26th November 2020
Album produced and owned by 3am.
01 On the Road Again: written by Laura Long: 3.08 mins
Not the first time 3am has ventured into country-rock! Mainly acoustic rhythm with mandolin and overlaid pedal steel; a Laura song. We dedicate this to the late, much-loved Trevor Keeling of the Red Lion in Stevenage, who when he heard it said “As far as I am concerned you can play country-rock all night!”
02 Reflections: written by Laura Long: 4.06 mins
Developed in the rehearsal rooms from an idea by Laura revolving around words said in haste that may be regretted. The song is based on a chromatic minor scale and builds with the repetitive “pendulum” image.
03 Thank You Cyril Davies: written by Tim Renton: 2.32 mins
A Tim song – very autobiographical and referring to his first hearing of “British Blues” of the early sixties. The feel is 60s rock just emerging from skiffle, with great harmonica by our drummer Frap. Cyril Davies tracks were acquired by the cool dudes in the common room at school announcing loudly that there was more to guitar music than the Shadows! This was followed by various band line-ups and Tim at last getting to play the Wardour Street Marquee in 1972.
04 Glory Box: written by Beth Gibbons, Geoff Barrow, Adrian Uttley: 4.24 mins
Drum intro to a Portishead cover of a song Laura loves to sing. The tune is often quickly recognised at gigs particularly by the ladies. A chance to interweave guitar and keyboard fills and passages. It has a great bass line!
05 Fever: written by Eddie Cooley Otis Blackwell: 3.25 mins
If you listen to “Cold Shot” by Stevie Ray Vaughan the first lines of his first guitar break strongly suggest the lyric line of “Fever”. We have built on this nugget and adapted both as a strong addition to our live set.