I had a job flood irrigating 80 acres one summer. The guy left me a shovel, broke in half to do the job (the actual shovel on this cover art). I eagerly took on the challenge of digging out the ditches and influencing how the water flowed with my flawed implement. I’ve always admired the ability to do the best job with what you have. Ain’t we all done some digging with a broken shovel in our lives? That’s the story of where this tune comes from!
As for the recording, I’m a sucker for Fiddle and Steel so you’ll find it all over this tune! It was really fun hearing it come alive and I’m grateful for the amazing musicians who lent their talent. Caleb Melo is on Steel, he’s a great young player from California. I met him out on the road when I had the pleasure of opening for Jesse Daniel. Caleb was burning it down in his band!
Julie Kennedy is back to help me out again on fiddle! My last collaboration with her and her sister Carli was a song we wrote together entitled “Right Side of the Dirt”. They’re so talented and awesome to work with. Dave Jacques is laying down some amazing bass and Michael Kelton is keeping a steady beat on drums as always.