As the title reflects, THE LONG ROAD has been some forty years in the works. “Even though it got put off all these years, it's been number one on my bucket list of things to do; create a studio quality work with world class musicians. I was so lucky to have been advised by my good friend Gary Cross to seek out Mark Hallman and his Congress House Studio in South Austin to produce this work. Mark had the contacts that were needed and the team came together into something that I never dreamed could be. We started recording in the Fall of 2009 and then had to abruptly stop in the Spring of 2010 as my funding for the project had to be diverted to problems that I was having with the IRS. It took all of five years to resolve this. Finally, in the fall of 2015, I was back on my feet and we concluded the work in the spring of 2016. Looking back on it all, I don't think that I would have had such a good result had this project been completed 20 years ago. I didn't have the confidence, maturity or experience and I certainly wasn't in the right place” says Robert. If you bought his self- produced release SAN DIEGO SESSIONS (recorded in a hotel room in San Diego), you will find several songs from that album on this release. These tracks on THE LONG ROAD are much more polished versions. THE LONG ROAD album includes 15 tracks including one hidden bonus track. There is something for everyone here, including one song with a Caribbean/Latin flavor, several folk ballads, a southern rock/blues piece and a country swing song. Robert continues, “And one song for mama. Enjoy!”
Here's the story behind the painting featured on the cover of THE LONG ROAD. I asked eRic to paint it for me because the elements contained in it have a lot of meaning to me. The jeep is a 1948 Willis that from came from my great grandfather's farm in Hendersonville, Tennessee. My dad inherited it from his estate. I spent many evenings with my dad over the years out in the garage working on it. I think the engine was rebuilt at least three times. When we lived in Muscle Shoals, it would take us bird hunting, camping and many excursions to our property out on the south shore of Lake Wilson. In the late sixties our family moved to Houston and dad eventually acquiesced to letting me drive it to school and using it to deliver newspapers in the affluent Memorial drive area of Houston. Needless to say, it was a little out of place with all the high end vehicles but all the kids in school wanted one nevertheless. Rob Walker, one of my high school friends, one day brought a hood ornament which we affixed to the tow bar on the front. It was a steer skull that he had brought back from a hunting trip in the Texas pan handle. Rob had named the Jeep "Hawg-Eye", after the license plate that was affixed to the front which said "Who is Hawg Eye?". The answer to that question is that he was a political candidate in North Alabama who handed out license tags as part of his campaign. My brother Larry, who inherited the privilege to drive it while I was off to college at Texas A&M re-named it "Baby Doll". But the story doesn't end there. In the early nineties I returned from a job assignment in Kuwait and wound up working on a couple of projects in northwest the Alabama area near Muscle Shoals. It allowed me to be back with my family. Larry and his kids were living there and I got to spend a lot of time with them. There was a time during this period that Parker, Larry's youngest son, was having nightmares about something he called "The Booger Cow". We had no idea what he could be so afraid of. He was so young still learning to walk. One Sunday, on our way to church, I was carrying Parker out to the car and was making my way through the garage when Parker pointed to an object on the wall and said "Booger Cow". He was pointing to the old cow skull that had been on the jeep. The Christmas of 2014, Parker gave me the skull as a Christmas gift and it now resides on the wall of my porch at my Phish Kamp near Canyon Lake. A hungry squirrel chewed on one of the horns this past winter, but it's character has not been diminished. The old jeep has been pretty much retired for the last few years at my sisters farm near Franklin, Tennessee.
Robert Lindsay Nathan, Jr.
"SAN DIEGO SESSIONS"
©2005 (Independently Released)
Review by Lucky Boyd
From New Orleans to Muscle Shoals to College Station, gathering influences along the way, Robert Lindsay Nathan, Jr. puts his poetic talents to music on the 2005 release "SAN DIEGO SESSIONS." Nathan pens or co-writes all of the twelve cuts on this slim cased home burn. There are some entertaining tunes in the collection. Loosely produced, Nathan's offering is a great gap for his fans to use between live shows to get their fix. Nestled somewhere between folk and Americana, Nathan attributes his poetic ability to his grandfather. Give a listen and look for Robert Lindsay Nathan, Jr. in an Austin venue near you.
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