Loren Carpenter – Red Guts

Tracks Covered: Some Cities, Walk In Fire, The Last Son

Doves have been the soundtrack to my life over the last couple of years. When I heard about this project, I knew I had to be apart of it. It was the least I could do for all the joy Jimi, Jez, Andy, and yes you too Martin, have brought to my ears.

In keeping with Doves recent acoustic shows I’ve heard such good things about, I thought I’d strip away the production and just record me and my guitar.

So many of their songs I’m sure have started that way, and I prefer to write in a similar fashion.

Walk in Fire- One of my favorites off of Some Cities, I’ve always enjoyed playing this song out at the bar. I like to slow it down because it has a real sad, country vibe to it.

The Last Son- How this song never made a Doves album, I’ll never know, because it’s a gorgeous melody. I tried to stay true to their version, minus the harmonica solo. It’s a great campfire song

Some Cities- I always liked this song, but I don’t think I truly appreciated it until I stripped it down to its core on an acoustic guitar, and found a song that marries punk and country like nothing I’ve ever heard. At least to my ears.

These three song’s were(or this song was) recorded in three hours in a little studio in Steadman Theatre at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. About 2 of those of hours were spent by my engineer Josh, trying to find the elusive guitar input on the board. But it was worth it!

I hope to entice some of you back with my forthcoming debut solo album, with many more instruments than just a guitar, once I am done writing sometime this millennium. It won’t be as good as Doves, but I’d like to think there’s a little bit of them in some of my work. I am glad and honored to have them trapped in my conscience.