I took the cover and back cover shots for the first iteration of this wonderful music, and am happy to be a part of the second album, as well. (As an interesting side-note, I also played trumpet on a few of the live shows for the first album.)
Chris always has a very specific idea of what he wants, and these promo shots were no different; actually more so than usual. It was a ton of fun to put our heads together and create the vibe that he was going for. the work that went into these by Chris and his family was pretty monumental.
We had a helluva time getting that middle photograph. It was supposed to be in a donut shop, but the crop and lighting were terrible. We walked around the parking lot a bit when I saw the light hitting the side of this burger joint. “That’s the place,” I said. But there was no seating. We hit up the local pizza spot and borrowed a (very heavy set of) table and chairs, but my angle wasn’t good. I therefore jumped into the shopping cart we used to haul the table and chairs to the spot. So there we were, on the side of the street, with a table that didn’t belong there, and me standing tall in a shopping cart, praying that the wheels didn’t decide to start moving.
I’d highly advise picking up both of these albums. They are both testaments to Chris’ honesty as a musician and are beautiful. Not to mention – the lineup of musicians is unreal.