DISCOGRAPHY

FACE TO FALL ON

There were times when we’d want to do something serious. What I mean is this: If you are with people you like and respect, and in my case people I really admire, you laugh and joke and have fun for fun’s sake. But other times, you want to have a real conversation with them to know how they think and what they feel. This CD is to me a record of emotional sharing, a very evocative record. The playing—Audley and Michael, Robert and Kenny, later Too Tall and Scottie– is top notch. By the time we were recording some of these songs we knew and trusted one another. We were excited. And I think that excitement and trust came through.  – – Phillip Gardner

All songs recorded and produced at Mike Gardner Studios, Raleigh NC, between 1988-1998.

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WHO DO VOODOO

Long ago I read a Rolling Stone article about AC/DC. The writer asked Angus about charges that the band wrote satanic songs. And I believe the writer quoted some of the group’s lyrics. Angus’s reply went something like this: “Man, we’re just trying to make the words rhyme.”

The primal spirit of Rock is nothing to apologize for, and the adolescent appeal in most of the songs that make up Who Do Voodoo is as direct as we could make it. When someone asked John Lennon to define Rock & Roll, he said it was music that went to the gut before it got to the head. Amen.

Most of these songs are dedicated to that period in our lives when our hormones were in overdrive, our brains half developed, and our hearts wide open—to that time when we were howlers.   – – Phillip Gardner

All songs recorded and produced at Mike Gardner Studios, Raleigh NC, between 1988-1998.

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LA LA LAND

I’d put this record in the Pop Rock/Country Rock category. The songs here span many years, from the earliest days to the most recent work.

History: Both our mother and father came from musical families. They could all really sing. There were ten children on the Carraway side and six on the Gardner side. I remember holidays when we’d have a big dinner with the Carraways followed always by singing spirituals. They were a regular choir. Later in the afternoon, we’d go to the Gardner get-together. Our uncles, Jim, Gordie, and Ed were guitar players, good ones. They played gospel music, too. But they mostly played Country & Western, sometimes rollicking foot-stompers. These two musical influences are in our blood. When I was ten, I heard a live record that brought these two genres together in a way that forever changed me: Jerry Lee Lewis Live ! Took my head off. Way off. – – Phillip Gardner

All songs recorded and produced at Mike Gardner Studios, Raleigh NC, between 1988-1998.

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POP CULTURE

Only two of the eleven songs on this record were ever performed live. You Can’t Have Too Much Fun entered the GOS playlist at some point. My Baby’s In Love With a Rock Star was briefly performed by PKM, but it may have been written before the formation of that trio, while Michael was living and writing in California.  – – Phillip Gardner

All songs recorded and produced at Mike Gardner Studios, Raleigh NC, between 1988-1998.

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