So this is Barbara Cue's first album, which really came as a surprise. The band started as a diversion, a chance for drummer/singer Todd Nance and I to get together a NRBQ cover project for kicks, in between his Widespread Panic tours. We had talked of this for years, but not until 1997 did the opportune time arise. So we convened at the Panic practice space, joined by my suggestion of John Neff and Jon Mills, who I knew we equally as interested in the Q. This practice space was a back room, windowless, in a long skinny space they were renting for office and equipment storagethey'd been there for a couple of years-just a couple of doors to the left of the Nowhere Bar. Road cases everywhere, as Panic had a ton of stuff to take on the road, and we pushed and stacked and carved out about a 15x15 space, brought in our amps, and off we went. The plan was to learn some NRBQ songs, for fun, with no plans really to even play 'em live. I forget the first song learned, probably "I Want You Bad," because I knew it already. And the other plan was that everyone had to learn and sing at least one song. I remember Todd brought "Some Kind of Blues," John brought "That's All Right," and Mills brought "Little Floater," which ended up on the first album, and ultimately on the European release of the "The Q People," a tribute album to NRBQ featuring Bonnie Raitt, Steve Earle, Widespread Panic, Mike Mills and others. But that's another story. Anyway, after a couple of merry, Qladen jam sessions, Neff suggested, kind of thinking outside the box, "hey, why don't we try playing some other material..." And thus the tale grew in the telling. Other covers were suggested, and I tossed in some songs I had lying around. "Find a Fool," "Dig Deeper," and "Pictures of You" among them. One night, we had been rocking for a little while, and Crumpy Edwards, long-time compadre of everyone and amazing bassist, happened to be hanging around. Mills had to go to another practice, and we weren't ready to knock off, so Crumpy was pressed into service, especially as I had been wanting to play "Love and Happiness" with CDog for many years. So, in keeping with the "everybody has to sing at least one song" motto, we 1999 Man of Steel Music forged ahead, and decided to do a show, and booked a night at the High Hat. Much merriment ensued. I noticed that when one or the other bassist wasn't playing, they were allowed much easier access to our beer supply, so I suggested that we add the bassist on the sideline as a rhythm guitarists. Some protestations, but it worked out. So now it's march, and Panic are about to leave for Spring tour, and I decided that since there may not be another chance to have such a stalwart lineup play some of my originals, we should record the stuff. I contacted Dave Barbe, who had a nice mobile recording unit, and he came over to the carpet cave and we recorded, live to eight track, for a night or two. None of these recordings ever saw the light of day, and I wonder where the tapes are. Anyway, it lit the fire, and we decided it would be fun to try out recording in a real studio, later on. So Chase Park Transduction, Dave's studio, became the place for Cue recording. I forget when we first went in, maybe Fall or Winter of that year, but I think "Pictures of You," "Dig Deeper," "Find a Fool,"and "For One Thing" were the first batch, maybe. Recording took place over about a year, I remember where I was working when I was arranging the manufacturing. We mastered it with Rodney Mills, in Atlanta. He had been the ears behind Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Street Survivors," so we were naturally enchanted. He even told us some Skynyrd stories. Anyway, various memories. Longtime Panic lynchpin Gomer Jordan was in the control room when Mills and I sang "Little Floater," standing at one microphone-I had heard The Beatles recorded that way for their early albums, and wanted to try it-you get a vocal blend before the waves even hit the microphone, so it's a better blend, though impossible to mess with (balance, tone, punchins) so once it's down, it's down. "Wrong Love
Find a Fool
The Wrong Lover
For One Thing
Pictures of You
Don't Take It Away
Back to Town
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