When I was a kid… I loved "live" albums. It was fun to hear the difference between a studio version and a live version of a familiar song. I'd usually pretend that I was performing with the band as I listened. One night I'd pretend to be the piano player the next night I might be the drummer. I imagined we traveled and every show was in another town performing to a new crowd.
I hope you get lost in this music and that it finds a warm happy place in your heart. I'm so happy when I perform with the Suitcase Musicians. They are my friends… my musical family. They are fun to travel with and they make me laugh. A lot!
So, we kick off the show with the tune Million Smiles To Go. We play it a bit faster than the album version but the track explodes with the carnival rock sound as Fred "Toots" McNaughton blasts out notes on his trumpet and Judy "Toe Jam" Lehman swings on the trombone.
Everyone is having a blast as we roll into Great Day To Be Alive. Kelly "Mumbles" Good pumps out the chords on piano while she sings along too. She sings and plays so sweet on Walk In Love.
Before long we're jumping and jamming to 42 Monkeys and Mark "Levis" DeRose gets funky on the electric bass. Ooh, ah…ooh ooh ah!
Big Old Jeb, Strange Old Cat and Happy Go Lucky Shoes lets the crowd sing-a-long and swing a bit as well. I love to hear Doug "Fernadez" Walton wail on the electric guitar at the end of Big Old Jeb.
Bag of Dreams is my song for you. I hope you dream a dream or two…every now and then a dream comes true. So many of mine did. : )
By the time we get to the Dance Party it looks like everyone in the crowd is saying yes to my question… Will You Be My Friend? I totally love how the band explodes into a major jam after the call and response vocal section. I shout out.. "Come on let's rock and roll!" and Fred echoes "Come on let's rock and roll!" and the next thing you know, we're a little rocking band…everyones jumping up and down, the horns are blaring, I'm banging on my drums as we all celebrate love and family.
That's what this music and the Suitcase Musicians are all about… it's all about the love.
Well, I hope you love this "live" album as much as I loved live albums when I was a kid.
Love be with you…'til we meet again.
Recorded live in concert this album is a collection of concert favorites from the bands 2012 concert dates.
Produced by Steven Courtney for Sun Hill Records
Million Smiles To Go
Great Day To Be Alive
Walk In Love
Big Old Jeb
Strange Old Cat
Happy Go Lucky Shoes
Steven the Pirate
Bag of Dreams
Will You Be My Friend? (the Dance Party)
I Wanna Go Home
released April 11, 2013
Steven Courtney + The Suitcase Musicians
Doug "Fernadez" Walton- electric guitar, mandolin, backing vocals
Kelly "Mumbles" Good- piano, backing vocals
Fred "Toots" McNaughton- trumpet, ukulele, percussion, backing vocals
Judy "Toe Jam" Lehman- trombone,ukulele,guitar,banjo,glockenspiel
Mark "Levis" DeRose- bass
Steven Courtney- drums, guitar, harmonica, lead vocals, rock-n-roll carnival circus ring leader
Official Band Sponsor- Menchey Music
Album design my Mark DeRose
Album mixed at Folktowne Studio-Manheim,PA
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