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Carl Asch – Songs Of The Open Road

 

After 3 years and 10,000 miles Carl’s much anticipated 3rd solo cd “Songs of the Open Road” is now available!….

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This album reflects the nearly 30 years of Carl’s travels and the very talented musicians he has met along the way. Almost every song has been recorded with a different band in a different city in America. He is joined by the likes of Cantiga, Coyote Run, Peter Suarez, and Candace Night from Blackmore’s Night. There’s zydeco, bluegrass, jazz and world music with a cast of nearly a hundred.

 

Featured Tracks

Track 3: Come By The Hills – With Candice Night

Traditional

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I first met Candice Night at the Largo Renaissance Festival with her musical partner, guitar legend Richie Blackmore. They love renaissance festivals and had recently formed Blackmore’s Night, a band that performs renaissance and medieval rock and roll. I’ve since gotten to open for them a number of times and when invited to their wedding two years ago, I played this song. Candice fell in love with the haunting Scottish ballad as much as I had, so I asked her to sing it with me. I’m sure we’re all grateful she said yes.

Candice Night – vocals
Elizabeth Cary – violin
Pat Regan – keyboards and programming
Carl – guitar, vocals, whistle
Artwork by Mariana Roberts
Suggested by Sara Thompson
Produced, engineered, and mixed by Pat Regan at New Century Media, Los Angeles, California
Some parts recorded by Jim Hancock at jimusic Mobile Digital Studios.

 

Track 12: All Harpists Go To Heaven – With Coyote Run

Music by Bob Hallett, Lyrics by Carl
Bro ‘N Sis Music, Inc.

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Coyote Run is a wildly popular Celtic rock band that I’ve known for about five years. I’ve always admired their sound and their sensibilities. I stayed at David’s house in Virginia while we rehearsed and recorded this song, and it was so much fun sharing a meal or two and getting to know everyone’s families.This originally was a song called “The Old Black Rum,” recorded by Great Big Sea. I really loved the tune, but I just had to mess with the lyrics…well, completely. 

Michael Kazalski – bass, vocals
Doug Bischoff – harp, bagpipes, guitar, vocals
David Doersch – vocals, accordian
Catherine Hauke – percussion
Carl – vocals
Artwork by Tom Laitnen
Recorded by Doug Bischoff at Ceridwen Productions
Mixed by Eric Fritsch at Eastwood Studios, East Nashville, Tennessee

 

Track 8:  Until They Meet Again — with Laura Crisci and the “Whoever Shows Up” Band

Music and lyrics – Laura Crisci

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Laura Crisci is “the prodigal daughter of Asbury Park.” She has played extensively both at the Jersey Shore and in Nashville, Tennessee, and has recently toured Europe. Her songs are insightful, delightful, and inspiring.  She wrote this song not long after we first met and I’m thrilled that we were able to make this a duet. I hope there will be more to come.

Laura Crisci – harmonica, vocals, rhythm guitar
Phil Florio – drums
Arne Wendt – keyboards
PK Lavengood – rhythm and lead guitar
Gary Oleyar – bass
Jim Heffernan – pedal steel guitar
Carlos Frias – percussion
Carl – vocals, pennywhistle
Artwork by Wendy Sheridan
Recorded and mixed by Gary Oleyar at Sonoma Beach Studio
The original solo version of this song appears on Laura’s CD, All Is Well, which should not be missed.

 

More Tracks Available for Individual Download…

Track 1: Brand New Day

Words and music – Joshua Radin
Glass Bead Music

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My last album, Compass Rose, was admittedly a little dark. It was a difficult time for me, and there were a lot of sad songs on that album. As Winston Churchill said, “When you find yourself going through hell, keep going.” Well, I’ve come out on the other side, and this song reflects that beginning. There will be no sad songs on this album. Promise.

Laura Crisci – guitar
Carl – vocals
Woodcarving by John Lee
Recorded and mixed by Eric Fritsch at Eastwood Studios, East Nashville, Tennessee

 

 

 

Track 2: Spirits Arise — with the Mirandola Consort

Music – John Ford; Lyrics – Rebecca Moll

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Originally recorded by the Strawbs as Heavy Disguise, I had wanted another take on this melody. I took a stab at it as did three other very talented writers but to no avail. Finally, Rebecca, an amazing poet from Jim Thorpe, Pa stepped up with what I think is the perfect lyrical pairing for this song.
I’ve loved the music of the Mirandola Concort and been friends with it’s founder, Kevin Rosenberry, for years. I’d always wanted to do a song with this trumpet ensemble and this seemed the perfect vehicle. Kevin died suddenly two years ago, so this is for him. You are missed, my friend.

Elizabeth Cary – fiddle, vocals
Rob Deener – trumpets
David Lawter – upright bass
Eric Fritsch – bass
Michael Huebner – drums
Carl – guitar, vocals
Artwork by Lyn Lyndall
Dedicated to Kevin Rosenberry
Recorded by Jim Hancock at jimusic Mobile Digital Studios
Mixed by Eric Fritsch at Eastland Studios, Nashville, Tennessee

 

Track 4:  Breathe in, Breathe out, Move on — with Joe Hall and the Louisiana Cane Cutters

Matt Betton, Jimmy Buffett
Vernon Dubusque Music And Coral Reefer Music

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Given that this song was about Hurricane Katrina and its effect on the southern coast, I thought it only fitting that it be presented as a Zydeco tune. I liked mixing the somber subject with a sound usually associated with toe tappin’ and dancin’.

I met Joe Hall and his band when they were playing a gig in downtown St. Pete and I loved their sound and infectious enthusiasm. Then, Laura Crisci and I flew to Ville Platte, Louisiana, to hang out with these great folks, eat a mufaletta for the first time, and record this song. What an off-the-charts fun experience.

If you’re ever there, stay at the Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette.

Joe Hall – accordian and vocals
Kevin Carrier – bass
David Brown – washtub bass
Cook Morvant – guitar
Harold Potier – scrubboard
Jeremy Saxon – guitar
Paul Saxon – drums
Al Berard – fiddle
Gary Oleyar – mandolin
Yolanda Sowell – vocals
Carl – guitar, vocals
Artwork by Alan Winterflood
Suggested by Rose Marie Cerklewich
Recorded by Scott Ardoin at Overdub Inc., Ville Platte, La
Mixed by Eric Fritsch at Eastwood Studios, East Nashville, Tennessee

 

Track 5: Icarus — with the Mark Sganga Trio

Music – Ralph Towner
Distant Hills Music

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I’ve known Mark Sganga for almost forty years, since way back in high school. He has become a dear, dear friend and an unparallelled guitarist. We have traveled very different roads in life, but the bonds of both friendship and music have remained. Mark has played with such notables as L. Subramaniam, Larry Coryell, and Les Paul, while I continue to play for such dignitaries as King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. He also won the International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in 2009.

I fell in love with this tune by Ralph Towner back in the 70s. I couldn’t get it out of my head for years. I think it is an inspired piece of music, and Mark’s playing and arrangement make it a masterpiece.

Mark Sganga – guitar
Jonathon Peretz – drums and percussion
Sue Williams – upright bass
Carl – pennywhistle
Artwork by Ciara Carinci
Arranged by Mark Sganga
Recorded and mixed by Larry Gates at Sonic Park Recording, Paramus, New Jersey

 

Track 6: Love is a Verb — with the Bongo Java Band

Music and lyrics – Carl Asch

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Whenever I’m on the road, I have to find my coffee shop. It is one way to bring ritual and normalcy to an otherwise chaotic life. I’ve been going to Bongo Java in East Nashville for the past five years. Of course, being in Nashville, it is frequented largely by people in the music industry. I decided I would record one song on this album only with folks that I’d met in the coffee shop, and the Bongo Java Band was born. This song was recorded by Eric Fritch, who on my first day at Bongo Java goaded his adorable daughter Bean into throwing a plastic knife at me—and we have been friends ever since.

Dave Thomas – percussion
David Talbot – banjo
Lyndsay Pruett – fiddle
Jonelle Mosser – vocals
Bruce Baxter – accordion
Eric Fritsch – mandolin, bass
Elizabeth Chauncey – vocals
Carl – guitar, vocals
Photo by Ken Silkie
This song was inspired by the very loving actions of Rebekah Paparella.
“For Vanessa. I will always love you”-Steve
Recorded and mixed by Eric Fritsch at Eastwood Studios, East Nashville, Tennessee

 

Track 7:  Farewell Pavan — with Cantiga

Music and Lyrics – John David Gladwin

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Cantiga is probably the best musical group ever to play at renaissance festivals. Their technical skill is quite impressive and their sensitive arrangements are beyond beautiful. I was honored to have them do this with me and awed with the time and talent Bob devoted to arranging this tune.

Martha Gay – harp
Bob Bielefeld – wooden flute
Conrado Garcia – charango
Alex Korolov – viola da gamba
Carl – vocals
Artwork by Sabrina the inkwitch
Recorded by Jim Hancock at jimusic Mobile Digital Studios.

 

 

Track 9:  Angelare/Fischiettando — with I Giullari di Piazza

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I first met I Giullari di Piazza in 1984, when I was the narrator for their Italian Christmas show La Cantata dei Pastori. I had never been exposed to the intensity, devotion, talent, and sheer chaos that were this group’s process. It was overwhelming and inspiring. We worked on and off together for almost two decades, from the Italian Pavilion at EPCOT Center to mansions in New York and cathedrals and theaters in Manhattan, and those times remain some of my most gratifying performance experiences.

After recording this, I emailed it to my friend Jim who was visiting his parents in Florida at the time. When he played it for them they immediately started dancing the tarantella, a famous Italian dance, in the kitchen of their home. When it was finished his mother, Viola Tolisano, who I’ve known since childhood, said, “Not bad for a Jew.” This might very well be the best review I could possibly receive.

Alessandra Belloni – vocals, duff, castanets, bells, and Signature Series Black Madonna tambourine and tamburello made by REMO
Susan Eberenz – alto recorder and flute/piccolo
John Labarbera – guitar, mandolin, mandolla, marranzanu, citara battente.
Joe Deninzone – violin
Carl – vocals, pennywhistle
The “Hey, hey, hey” choir: Eric, Sarah, Ollie, and Bean Fritsch
Recorded by Rave Tesar at Studio X, Ridgewood, NJ
Mixed by Eric Fritsch at Eastwood Studios, East Nashville, Tennessee

 

Track 10:  When Katy Sings — with Celtic Mayhem

Music and lyrics – Ty Billings

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When I first heard this song sung by the Minstrels of Mayhem, I felt that it was one of the most beautiful and well constructed songs ever written. The song requires three male voices, filled by Ty, Jerry Barry, and Craig Broers. Unbeknownst to them, I wrote a fourth part so that I could join them. I never actually had the courage to present it, and those lyrics are lost forever, but I’m glad that I finally get to sing this.

Ty Billings – vocals, guitar, flute
Jack Stamates – cello
Martyn Wylde – vocals, bass
Carl – vocals
Laura Crisci as Katy
To Katie, who captured my heart the moment I met her, may your life always be filled with the magic of music. – Love, Aunt Heather
Recorded by Jack Stamates at The Wheel, Coral Gables, Florida
Mixed by Eric Fritsch at Eastwood Studios, East Nashville, Tennessee

 

Track 11: The Singer’s Request — with Peter Suarez

Sir Walter Scott / Nic Jones

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Doing this song was actually Peter’s idea. We had both heard The New Minstrel Revue sing it beautifully, and Peter had an idea for a different kind of arrangement and asked me to sing it on his album. He is such a prolific songwriter that he ran out of room to include it on that CD, so I got custody of this memorable song.

Peter Suarez – guitars, percussion, and vocals
Darrell Dodge – bass
Carl – vocals
Arranged by Peter Suarez
Artwork by Victoria Anne Wenners
Recorded by Darrel Dodge at Dodgesongs Studio, St. Petersburg, Florida
Mixed by Eric Fritsch at Eastwood Studios, East Nashville, Tennessee

 

 

Track 13:  Dona Nobis Pacem

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This is a 16th-century round that I’ve loved since I was a kid. About fifteen years ago, I started hearing it in my head in a completely different way than it had ever been done before.

This song took the most time and effort to complete. All the voices were recorded separately over the last three years all over the country. Jim Hancock had the arduous task of making it work. I cannot begin to describe the feeling of having something like this finally come to fruition.

Vocals:
Adrienne Asch, Carl Asch, Jerry Barry, Misti Bernard, Bob Bielefeld, Ty Billings, Craig Broers, Rosemarie Carinci, Elizabeth Cary, Dale Clancy, J Bradley Collier, Laura Crisci, Morgan Ford-Brunketurner, Bridget Foy, Clare Foy, Lolly Foy, Terry Foy, Loren Elizabeth Gately, Jim Hancock, Jonathan Hankins, Madeline Hankins, Barbie Holder, Patrick Johnson, Jillian Kampa, Hayley Kingston, Doug Kondziolka, John Land, Todd Loughry, Michael Marzella, Kelly Morris, Juan Pablo Munoz, Charles Murray, Gary Oleyar, Joe Regan, Jessica Rothart, Arthur Rowan, Crystal Scott, Victoria Scuteri, Andre Seals, Kirk Simpson, Leigh Ann Singleton, Nicole Skelly, Catherine White, Justus White, Children’s Choir of Nashville:
Kyle Hankins – director
David Macejka – percussion
Paul Hoerner – percussion
Riahan Alam – didgeridoo
Artwork by Jace Collins
Recorded at jimusic Mobile Digital Studios, Eastwood Studios, The Wheel

 

Bonus Tracks

Track 14: Patrick Street

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This song portrays an often neglected slice of Scottish History…

Traditional, but the last two verses were written by Carl Asch

Carl – vocals and banging on Jim Hancock’s guitar
Recorded by Jim Hancock at jimusic Mobile Digital Studios

 

 

 

 

 

Track 15: Lately — with S. Caleb Carinci-Asch

Music and lyrics by Aengus Finnan

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I went to Valencia, Spain to visit Caleb for Chanukah, and we stayed up late into the night recording this on his iMac program, Garage Band. To sing with my son and have him join me on this album is a dream come true. It really doesn’t get any better than this and will remain a highlight in an already blessed life.

S. Caleb Carinci-Asch – vocals, guitar
His dad – guitar, vocals

 

 

 

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