|Lost Stars is Bob McNeill's first solo release since 2010's Me and Mary Ann. At the end of 2019, McNeill toured Nova Scotia and New England with Canadian fiddle player Gillian Boucher, supporting their album Race for the Sun. They finished the tour on the other side of the continent, at Yachats Festival on Oregon. During the month-long oddesy he wrote a new collection of songs, scribbling away in airports, hotels, houses, bars, coffee shops and backstage in venues, inspired and thoroughly besotted by Nova Scotia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and the incomparable, otherworldly beautiful Oregon coast. The album began as a series of love songs, against these unique backdrops. |
He started recording the songs in early 2020 back in Wellington, ready to assemble his long-suffering, talented crew, and then... well. Lost Stars turned into a real solo recording, not one that just has only one name on it. Emergency double bass lessons were not deemed an essential service under Covid Alert Level 4, and the equipment could not be delivered anyway. He pushed through.
Note from Bob: Lost Stars is a work in progress. It will be out by 1 September 2020, but tracks will be posted here as they're finished. They're free - download away. Anyone wanting to donate ten New Zealand dollars for the whole album is welcome, you'll get all the tracks as they come out, and some bonus stuff as well; some unrecorded songs from the old days, alternate versions of Project Feijoa songs and some remastered songs from the Me and Mary Ann recording sessions with Rob Winch in 2010. If I manage to get hold of the right archives, this might include some very elderly stuff from the Covenant era in 2001, remixed with new vocals. Slan all, stay safe and well
CREDITSRecorded, mixed and mastered by Bob McNeill
Using whatever was to hand
Release date: 1 September 2020
All songs written by Bob McNeill