album to get U.S.
By Blurt Staff
After several years of recording and extensive touring with
his band the Miracle 3, Steve Wynn will be releasing a new album on September 9
in the U.S.
on Rock Ridge Music. Entitled Crossing
Dragon Bridge it is his first solo album since 2001’s Here Come the Miracles.
Said Wynn in a statement,
“I associate this record so much with the time I spent writing and
recording in Slovenia
last fall. Hearing it again as a U.S. release feels almost like a
suitcase that I forgot to unpack. I’m really glad that Rock Ridge is
allowing me the chance to share this music with people on this side of the Atlantic and give me the chance to turn off the lights
and give my own version of an aural slide show from my musical holiday.”
The record was recorded in Ljubljana with Chris Eckman of the Walkabouts
who also plays and sings on the record. “It felt like a good time to get
up under the hood and strip everything back down to the song,” Wynn says about
the project. “Most of the tracks began with the song and my acoustic
guitar and then we just built it back up from there.” But the record is
anything but a solo folk record—additional elements include a Slovenian choir
as well as a Czech orchestra overdubbed in Prague.
“I would say that this record sounds like nothing I’ve done
before but it also sounds more like me than anything I’ve done before,” Wynn
says. “I was able to follow the same reckless and spontaneous flights of
fancy that I would normally only feel safe enough to indulge myself at
home. But Chris was a great co-conspirator and helped me to empty out the
insides of my skull onto the tracks.
“We had a ball. I would wake up each morning in my apartment
on some old, narrow street in Slovenia,
grab a coffee, shake off the cobwebs and then make my way to the studio with a
song, some ideas and pretty much limitless possibility. The life there is
easy, the food is heavy and the beer is good. It all made for the right
The record was mixed in January by Tucker Martine
(Decemberists, Laura Veirs, Sufjan Stevens) and was released in earlier this
year in Europe to much press acclaim. No less
than BLURT, in fact, in a review of the European release, called it “a diary of
Wynn’s observations, written with a folk poet’s heart and a rock ‘n’ roll
Watch this space for news of a fall tour from Wynn.