The Humble Sessions

The Humble Sessions
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An eclectic blend of folk, rock, reggae, bluegrass, fingerstyle blues and other flavors. Roy's album debut from 2006, it was created as a soundtrack for his syndicated comic strip "The Humble Stumble" (United Media, 2003-2008).

 

"...had no idea this 'humble' cartoonist played so many instruments so well. In particular y'gotta love SQUIRRELFEST and hey, the retro-techno stuff as well; the growly doubled voice (run through a guitar amp until it distorted), etc. But bottom line, most of all, thanks Roy for letting us 'sense' the relationship between you and your family... Ultimately, that kind of connectedness is what all music is about." --Noel 'Paul' Stookey of legendary supergroup Peter, Paul and Mary

One can imagine "There Goes Mr. Humble" playing as the credits roll by at the start of the animated The Humble Stumble special we hope is inevitable. An acoustic reggae gait for "Grisman" to follow his nose to, accompanied by his daunted human? Works for me.
"Waking of the Coffee Gods" and "Workin' on the Bus" are a matched pair of instrumentals that incorporate machine sounds to clever effect. The predominantly percussive "Waking of the Coffee Gods" begins nearly silent and slow (naturally); the cue of brewing sounds kick-starts the pace to percolating and gradually builds to an almost jubilant moment to celebrate full awakening. I'd like my brewmaster to come equipped to play it during my morning ritual. The vehicle in "Workin' on the Bus", a downright grouchy character, has a reluctant ignition so disinclined to turn over in the morning it needs a caffeine of its own, making time choogling along and keyed to a jaunty pace only after it has been threatened and cajoled by metal taps, whirring drills, the incongruous sound of sawing and... is that duct tape?!
Schneider's final vocal on "Molly's Song" is his best, as is the melody and gentle loving lyric he gives himself to sing. Other Humble Sessions songs draw with affection and aplomb from several traditional and popular acoustic blues and bluegrass forms. And kudos also for an interesting cover concept done well.
Whether you come to the music after reading the comic strip or read the strip after hearing the tunes, these songs deliver their promise: a humble soundtrack to illustrate imaginative characters drawn from the real world that inspired them. --Bill Realman Stella - Online Music Reviewer and Radio Host

Product Code SGCD1
Condition New
Weight 0.500Lb

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