released March 16, 2019
A Bearded Cat Production • (©) & (℗) 2019 • All Rights Reserved
Kathleen Parks - Vocals, Dahlia 5 String Violin, Collings Mandolin, Gibson LG-1 Acoustic Guitar (Track 6), Hand Percussion
Brad Bensko - Vocals, Gibson J-45 Acoustic Guitar, Yamaha 12 String, Hand Percussion, Percussion, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer 200, Hammond A-100 Organ, Rickenbacker 4003 Bass, Kay Upright Bass, Silvertone 1446 Electric Guitar, Collings Mandolin (Track 2), Roland 808 Drum Programming, Drums (Tracks 1, 4, 5, 7, and 8)
Marty Richards - Drums (Tracks 2, 3, 9, 11 and 12), Tambourine (Track 11)
A Bearded Cat Production
Produced By: Kathleen Parks, Brad Bensko, and Chris Rival
Arrangements By: Kathleen Parks and Brad Bensko
Tracks 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 recorded at Middleville Studios, North Reading, MA By: Chris Rival
Additional Overdubs recorded at Bearded Cat Studios, Mystic, CT by Kathleen Parks & Brad Bensko
Tracks 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7 recorded onto analog tape at Bearded Cat Studios, Mystic, CT by Kathleen Parks, Brad Bensko, & SAL (16 Track 1” Otari MX70)
Mixed by: Brad Bensko at Bearded Cat Studios
*Tracks 4 and 8 mixed by: Brad Bensko & Kathleen Parks at Bearded Cat Studios
Mastered by: Chris Rival at Middleville Studios, North Reading, MA
Illustration By: Ananda Spadt
Photography By: Anya Briz Photography
Art Direction and Design By: Paul Wallen
Our ‘Thank you very much’es!
Paul Rishell & Annie Raines: This album would never have been possible without both of you - thank you for bringing us together, being our mentors and early on bandmates, jump starting this album, and having so much faith in us. We love you both!
Paul and Diane Wallen: Thank you for being our friends over the years, and for making the artwork of this album come to life. You both are such dear and loving friends of ours now. Thank you for your constant generosity.
Chris Rival: Thank you for being such a fantastic engineer and friend. We have so many memories to cherish from making part of this record in Middleville Studios with you. You really helped shape these songs in a way that is impossible to measure. We always look forward to our time together, and will be singing your praises down the highway in the ol’ Volvo 850!
Marty Richards: Thank you for playing with us, Marty! You really got the sound we were going for on so many of the tracks and we were just blown away at your one take magic! You truly are a force to be reckoned with. Can’t wait wait to play with you and Nick Cancelmo at our release parties!
The Squishy Parks Family / O’Brien Clan / Salem Witches: Without this family - we would have had to find guinea pigs to test our arrangements on, and what good would they provide? They aren’t even that squishy! Thank you for the many nights of wine, cheese, loads of laughs, candlelit dinners (and always dessert) followed by fireside concerts from us in return. We love this loving yet bodacious family and all the feline friends that have been involved!
The Smiley yet Sarcastic Benskos: Thank you also for the many evenings of wine, mixed drinks, whiskey, Mary Tyler Moore, sarcasm, hugs, and for tolerating the noise. Special thank you to Evan and Tori for rescuing us when Sheila the Subaru blew up. Without your encouragement along the way, listening to mixes down in the depths of Bearded Cat Studios, and without George’s cackling meows and Bentley’s Jack Nicholson smile for a treat, we may have never made it through. We love each and every one of you!
Friends of Boston and CT: Thank you for coming to our shows, playing with us, and lending a helping hand or an ear when needed over the years. You all hold a special place in our hearts. Special shoutouts to Paul, Diane, and Happy Wallen, Zoe Mitchell, Twisted Pine, Emily Haviland Baker, Hawthorn, Sadie Gustafson-Zook, Scott Johnson, Garrett Jones, Jason Banta, The Marvelous Liars, Burnouts from Outer Space, Pocket Vinyl, Acousticool, Strange Brew, Club Passim, MBar, The Burren, The Knickerbocker Tap Room.
In loving memory of the bright and spirited Maisie O’Brien. She was a ripe 96-year-old Mamo who always made us laugh, made sure we were fed and warm, and prayed for everyone, near and far - including all of Brad’s tumultuous cars of 2018 - but most importantly gave us her love. May this music make her dance in heaven.
Kat & Brad