Lord, I was born a ramblin’ maaaaaan. Driving the Wookie ‘cross country the best I caaaaan.
I’m clearly not a good updater, because I don’t end up doing it. But here I am now, anyway. Life has taken place amidst diverse backdrops these last several months: Austin, TX — Kansas City, MO — Venice Beach, CA — NYC — The Netherlands — Bastogne, Belgium — Davis, CA — and Wheaton, IL for good measure. I haven’t stayed in any one spot longer than 3 months this year and it’s mostly been a few weeks here or there.
I’ll save you — and when I say “you” I mean “myself” — the expense of the detailed chronicles (though it’s probably safe to say my atrophied memory wouldn’t allow for that anyway). At any rate, it’s been great. You can see some sparse, mostly travelling photos here, if you’d like. Sadly, it may be a while ’til the next road trip. After two great years and several thousand miles, the Wookie has taken its final resting place in Chicago after a broken crankshaft bolt dealt a deathblow. RIP Wookie. I will miss you, comrade. Though, I kept your windshield, so I hope to still see a part of the world through you down the road.
OK. Despite it being quiet ’round this site for a while, the kettle’s been brewing at Grassland Records and it’s warming up for a good whistle. You’ll start seeing new life in the next several days. And that life is born of a sheriff. A new sheriff that has come to Grassland Recordsvilletown. And his name is Jacob Fulton.
Jacob is known more as an artist and photographer than a law-man, but if he was more of a law-man, he’d be one from the wild west with a big beard or mustache. At least in my mind. And whilst we’re in my mind, let’s continue the journey.
I should let you know that Jake and I are riding a couple mighty steeds, high-speed on a bad ass ol’ wooden wagon. Stay with us now… we may be going somewhere. You see, being the town’s original sheriff — familiar with the surroundings — I’m holding the reins in our pursuit, but Jake’s crackin’ the whip and itchin’ to grab the leather straps that command dual horse power. Glancing to my left, I see the readiness in his eye and smile to myself.
It’s gonna be a good ride.
If you got lost in that metaphorical dust trail, don’t worry… I did too. So I’m gonna spell it out clean. Jacob’s joining up with Grassland Records and we’re excited to have him. He brings many talents to the table, of which you’ll sample right below here. Jacob picks up where I leave off, and we see much that can be accomplished working side by side.
Have a click on this track art Jacob made for “Speaking of the Devil” to see the full set — one for each song on It Is What It Is. We thought this’d be a good way to explore art direction for the label and coming projects. I hope you like what you see. I know I do.
We see Grassland Records being a communal experience. We love music. It sets things in motion. Hopefully, it brings us together.
And I hope this finds you well.