An Album Cover at Last

November 17th, 2010  |  Published in Music

Fans of the blog will recall my undying affection for Smitty’s Market in Lockhart, not just for the amazing barbecue but for the setting and the light which makes it a location second to none. You might also recall that I brought Marty Muse, Austin-based steel guitarist extraordinaire, down to the shop to work on pictures for the cover of his first solo album. Well, here is the finished product:

After years of playing with everyone who’s anyone (currently as a long-time member of the Robert Earl Keen band), he’s put together a collection his own original stuff. I told him that when I finally saw my pictures on the record cover I had a feeling in my stomach that recalled the way I felt when I got my first Sports Illustrated cover a decade ago. I’m that proud to be associated with the man and his work.

My fellow Austinites can pick up a copy at Waterloo Records; it’s also available on iTunes and on Marty’s website.

For the curious among you, here’s my favorite track–a piece called “If You Know What I Was Thinking,” which he describes as a “tribute to Roy Orbison, but without lyrics.” The lack of words is okay, though–the steel does all the talking, which is just fine with me.

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I do advise caution, however. The first time I listened to it, it got stuck in my head. And it’s still there after a week.

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