News: Sperry is currently writing songs for a new album to be released in 2023. Completed songs include: “Wild Blue Yonder,” a true account of Sperry’s uncle’s exploits as a fighter pilot in WWII; “Bloomfield Blues,” a song about his friend, guitar virtuoso Michael Bloomfield voted #42 in Rolling Stone magazine’s Best 100 Guitar Players;” and Jailhouse Kathmandu,” an ironic torch song in the voice of a woman pleading with her boyfriend to rescue her from the Nepalese prison where he left her. It’s based on the true story of a friend of Sperry’s.
“The Last Light,” the song below is in the voice of a father whose son took his own life.
Santa Fe County
The opening song on the album is three of many letters written over several years by a young man to his younger girlfriend back home in Texas. He has left her to become “The Poet of Santa Fe County.” Though his ambition costs him a life of love, it is a hard price he feels he must pay. The audio is an early mix.
In this video, the tenth cut on the album, only one of my hands is visible so the camera could capture these two extraordinary players: John “Grayhound” Maxwell (left, on dobro) and Jon Perry (center-right, on fiddle). It was filmed in Rainshadow Studio in Port Washington, Washington on 2/8/2020. It’s a Stagger Lee-like blues , born of a dream. The audio you hear is not the final tracks, but an earlier unmastered mix. We were crowded around a single bi-directional mic for the instruments and a super-cardioid mic for my vocal. Rainshadow is an acoustic Nirvana. At the end of the take, Jon looks above and asks, “Do the notes ever die in here?” The audio is an early mix.
The second song on the album is an apology to someone I treated poorly as a boy. The video was shot on 1/4/2019 at my regular Friday night show at the Caffeina Roasting Company in Boise, ID.
Door in the Dark
The sixth song on Story Songs, “Door in the Dark,” is a young man’s memory of his father, a drug smuggling pilot who spent years in prison. The song is based on a friend’s recollection of his own dad. The video starts with five seconds of silence. The audio is an early mix.
Header photos by Jim Gilmore