I’ve wanted to release a collection of covers for quite a while now and after pouring everything I had into my last album, it felt like the right time. I called up Mike Lynch, Michael Shimmin and Drew Howard and we gathered at one-of-a-kind all-analog studio the The Goon Lagoon and rolled tape. No computer screens, no auto-tune, no bullshit. Just one or two takes of each tune in a beautiful room.
The music that moves me is imperfect, honest and raw. Those qualities are what turned me on to Delta blues, to punk rock, to old soul and traditional music from all over the globe. It’s all about feel. It’s ragged but right.
It was an important moment for me to take a step back and remember why I love music so much. That feeling when a song hits you in the gut, gives you goosebumps, makes you think, makes you cry. On Secondhand, songs from friends Jen Sygit and David Fetzer sit alongside tunes from some of my other favorites like Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt and St. Vincent. These are songs that I love.
This project served as a reminder to me that what I value - and not only in music - is not perfection, but heart, hard work and community. From my heart to yours, I hope that these songs will speak to you in a familiar way.
An incredible compendium of musicians played on this record including: Mike Lynch, Michael Shimmin, Drew Howard and Brad Phillips. It was recorded live on 2" tape by Tommy Schichtel at Goon Lagoon in Grand rapids, Mi. Mastered by Jim Diamond. Photos by Steven Glynn. Produced by Joshua Davis. Rex’s blues by Townes Van Zandt, I Don't Want Your Millions Mister by Jim Garland, New York by Annie Clark, High On a Mountain by Ola Belle Reed, Trouble by Joshua Davis, Aaron Allen and Ann DelMariani, Black-Eyed Susan by Jen Sygit, Come On Up to the House by Tom Waits, Boy in the Well by David Fetzer. miss you David. This wouldn’t be possible without my family - Ann, Tahlia, Theo and Reuben. Thanks to Matthew Beck and Dominic John Davis, Dave Stanton and every single one of you.