John P Moulton - Thank you so much for being there since back in the Coakley's days!
Chris Paolini - Thank you for always enjoying the tunes out on Royal street!
Ian Falcone - You've helped me so much and in so many ways, I can't thank you enough
Sigal Sahar - Thank you for your undying support and belief in me.
Kai Ito - I don't see you nearly often enough! Thanks for the love!
Clinton Daub - You've shown me so much on the guitar. Thanks for always being a homie!
Randi Staufer - I hope someday we get to do some swing dancing!
Erin Levy - Playing at your wedding was beautiful! Thanks for the support.
Chuck Flores - I hope I can come play for you in Texas soon!
Ashlie Kenny - You've always been such a great friend, I still have the mix CD you made me! Until we meet again!
Easton Beauverd - I love you and your whole damn family!
Patrick Goodyear - I'll never forget meeting y'all around that fire. It was truly a magical evening.
Dan Fletcher - Thanks to you and your pops for giving me my first real gigs in this world!
Cesar Rallyguieb - You've always believed in me and it truly means the world to me. I can't wait to play music with you again!
Melissa Welch - Your kids are so adorable! Thank you for always supporting this dream of mine!
Katie Gray - Thank you so much for the support!
Eric Sherman - You will always be the elusive Eric on the trumpet. I love your sounds and thank you so much for being a part of my path.
Craig Griffin - You always make me laugh. That's what life is all about!
Bean and Cheese - whoever you are, you know I love you.
Jen Douglas - Thanks for always supporting and coming to my shows!
Sherri Bernstein - I love you cuz!!!
Fred Rivera - My second dad. Thanks for the guitar, the life lessons, and always being there for me.
Steve Hagar - You've raised some amazing boys that I'm happy to call my friends. Thanks for the support.
Rin Royer - I'm so glad to have you on my team! Keep picking that banjo and soon we're gonna sing together!
Jeff and Becca Pipitone - I'm so glad that I met y'all. You're such great people and I'm thankful to have your support in this world.
Scott Baillie - Thank you so much for the love and support!
Cal Chase - Keep on rockin'! Thank for always listening and showing me so much love. It means so much to me.
Grae Mercy Whyte Derrick - You might support me the most of all. It's so touching and you always bring a smile to my face. Thank you!
Jason Dirgo - I'm so glad Karl met you and introduced me to strange grounds. Your chai tea was always the best and your spirit matches it :)
Noah Gotfrit - Holy S#!* you're so good at the bass! I can't wait to come up to Canada! I hope you'll play some bass with me soon!
Laura Bonacci - Thank you Laura. I'll never forget our time in New Orleans. You are such a special person to me. I hope to see you again someday!
Justin Wahl - Dart thrower extraordinaire! Thank you for the love! I'll see you in Hawaii!
Brett and Krystal Keeler - It means the world to me everytime I see you at a show in Cali. Y'all are amazing and I'm blessed to have you in my life. Thank you!
Scott Bookman - You are the cookiest person and I absolutely love it! More donut to guitar comparison video please! How does a jelly filled match up?
Megan Woodland - Thank you for the love! I need to take some yoga classes soon!
Caleb Stine - You are such an amazing performer and I love you're music so much! I hope we can play more shows together in the future!
Jon Coma - You started all this. I can't even begin to thank you enough. I love you from the bottom of my heart.
Jennie Adams - Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Michelle Christiance - Thank you so much! I will see you in Colorado!
Beth Werner - Thank you for the support and always having a smile!
Neil and Katie LaPorte - I love you two! I'm so happy to see you and your family growing in this world. It's truly beautiful.
Lee Anne Sitter - Thanks for coming to shows and being so supportive!
Britt C - Thank you so much for the support my brother!
Pamel Chen - You've been supporting me since back in the day and it means the world to me, thank you!
Matt Pierce - Trogdor!!! Thank you so much!
Annie Lou - Your art is amazing just like your personality. You make everyone smile and it's truly a blessing to have you around. Thank you.
Marius Becker - Thank you so much for helping this album come to life.
Andy Reid - You are a gentleman and a scholar. Thank you for the support. I hope we get to kick it more down in NOLA.
Thomas Weaver - Thank you for the support but thank you most of all for helping keep theater alive!
Elizabeth Taillon - I'll always remember meeting you in Maine! Thanks for the great music and all the support!
Zachary Gingrich - Thanks for introducing me to knoxx and sixty and everyone else. I'll always have fond memories of johnny joes with you and the crew.
Dave Nields - Always been supportive since the very first time I met you. Thank you for your kindness and thanks for always making me laugh.
Shannon Bobb - You are an awesome musician. I love hearing you sing and play at JJ's. You are pure entertainment too and I love you for that.
Ashley Cuomo - I've know you since we were knee high to a grasshopper! Thank you so much for donating to this.
Jess Cotton - Charlotte is pretty damn cute ;) thanks for always helping me out!
Sierra lachelle - Thanks for being my friend and thank you for helping me out with this :)
Donald Egan - Don my man you're promotion skills are brilliant haha I've loved seeing you perform since the old open mic at hmac. Thank you so much.
Steven Kilcrease - Thank you so much!
JoAnn Baquera - I love you and your family. I've known you so long now. Heres to many more years!
Jon Rohrer - You've always had my back ever since the Neato Days. When the hell we gonna get that coffee?!?
Josean and Jessie - Thanks for letting me stay with you in Philly. I love your art and I hope to see y'all again real soon!
Jean and Jeff - Thank you so much. Y'all have been such great friends to me and I love you both so much.
Brandon and Jessica Vartenisian - I'm so happy for you two! Thanks so much for the support!
Letta Womer - I'm glad that we met at Neato. You and your family are absolutely amazing and I can't thank you enough.
Kylee Newman - You're the best. I'm glad we got to hang out in NOLA and I hope you'll come back soon!
Matthew Winslow - You've been there since the shine and the junkies days and you have always supported me. Thank you for everything.
Kaitlin Kiral - Thanks for taking me to Hershey Park and thanks for being my homie!!
Liz Morgan - You are truly a special human being. I'm glad that you and Jessie are BFF's :)
Lydia Keller - A.K.A Mom 2. Thanks for the soup and cookies when I was sick. Thanks for raising such amazing children. I love you all!
CK - Anytime ;) Thank you for always supporting me. You're always looking out for me and it truly means so much. Thank you.
Mary Johnson - Thank you so much! I can't wait to see you in Colorado! I hope you had fun in NOLA!
Marin Marx-Ganebeuf - Merci boucoup!! Thank you for showing me such a wonderful time in Paris! I miss you!!!
Mélanie Bé - Merci boucoup!!! I hope to see you again in France! I've been practicing my swing dancing!
Elise Woodcock - You are also one of my biggest supporters and it means everything to me. Thank you so much from the very bottom of my heart.
Jessie and Steve Waite - I love you both. It's always so nice to talk with you and I'm thankful to have y'all in my life. Thank you.
Amy and Lenny Eckstein - Y'all are the best! Deerhammer forever! Thank you so much, I can't wait to see y'all this summer!
Nathan Rivera - My brother. My buddy. My best friend. Thank you.
Sarah James - It has been too many years! I hope to see you when I tour the west coast this summer.
Ron Blauch - Thank you so much!
Meri Rathbun - Thank you for the love!
LInda Labs - Thank you Aunt Linda! I'll see you at your wedding :)
Jeffrey Sikora - My MI alumni buddy! I hope all has been well since school. I hope we cross paths again someday!
Heather Hoffman - Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Larry Stuppy - You taught me the guitar. What else can I say? You're the man! Thank you!!!
LIndsay Wise - I love you and Nick so much! Thank you for supporting my dreams :)
Baker Rorick - I'm so glad to have met you. You are a wonderful character in this crazy world!
Douglas Showalter - You've always been such a quiding light for me. I love that I can turn to you for advice. Thank you for always being my buddy.
Laura King - Thank you so much! I hope to see you in Colorado this summer!
JJ Sheffer - Thank you for everything. You've put me in magazines, you've given me gigs, you've even made me delicious shepards pie. Thank you so much for everything!
It all starts with a tiny little seed...
I had the idea for this album now for some time but it seemed like every time I tried to put it together I would hit a snag. One day I decided I would sell my baby Sadie (my first resonator guitar) so I could hopefully get this project off the ground. As soon as I posted online about selling her there was an immediate response from folks from all over saying "dont you dare!" one of those folks was my friend Jon Coma and he decided he was going to make a gofundme page so I wouldn't have to sell my baby. Within 24 hours the goal was met. I woke up and cried because I couldn't believe there were so many people out there who wanted to see me succeed. The next night I had a gig with my favorite bass player in the world, Taylor Smith. He's been on just about every recording I've ever done. When I told him the story, and asked him to be on my first real album, of course, he said yes, and so I started plotting out further. I decided on 15 songs to record and started imagining what instruments I wanted to help me bring these songs to life. After quite a bit of thought I came to the realization that I wanted to do an all string oriented album and I broke it down to my favorite 10 songs.
Now that I had a good idea of the sound, I needed to find the right players. Free Feral was first on my list. She's been my good friend for a few years now, and I've always had such a huge respect for her playing on the viola. I couldn't be happier to have her on this album. Next on my list was Walter Prettyman. His violin playing is extraordinary and he has a truly unique style with amazing precision. He's also my good buddy, so he was down like a clown to bring that good sound.
Next step was to find a studio. I talked to my old pal, Joseph Faison, who had just opened a new studio in New Orleans called Long Gone Studios and this project was finally starting to come to light. He had a few dates open so he put us in and we started getting it all together. The day finally came that we got to put our sounds down for the album. The band showed up to find I had brought them all hummus, chips, kombucha, grapefruit juice, and all kinds of tasty goodies to make the days delicious and nutritious. We got right to work. A few pizza breaks and two days later we were done with our part.
Joseph then mixed the album and sent to his buddy Carl Saff to do the mastering. I did an artwork contest and chose art from my good friend Asa Jones. We collaborated on what became the final piece. Then I took everything to my awesome homie, Miss Megan Harrell, and she turned all of our artwork into an actual CD package. The whole process took months and these songs have been in my head for even longer. I really can't thank everyone enough for being a part of all this. It was a great learning experience, and I'm so happy to finally hold a real CD with my music and cool artwork. Looking at it and thinking about all the people who helped me put this together makes me so happy. I love all of you from the Marianas trench of my heart. Thank you so much!!!!
- Shine Delphi