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About Hymns for Trucks

My name is Craig. I made this album for myself, and then for you.
Here’s what I want you to know about it:

  • These songs point toward God. Prayers, re-interpreted psalms, statements of faith.
  • They’re all wrapped in a sound that I once described to a friend as “timeless.” He says that means “old.” He’s got a point. You’ll hear echoes of the ‘70s and ‘80s in these tunes. Listen and decide for yourself.
  • These songs are meant to be played loud, with the windows rolled down. Preferably in a rusted-out Bronco.
  • If you don’t have a rusted-out Bronco, a minivan or a reasonable Civic will also work.
  • And if you don’t believe in God, that’s okay. Give them a listen anyway, you might still like them.
  • Recording these songs started as a way to recharge in the evening and on weekends. Because I’ve loved music ever since I played the bells at my second-grade concert.
  • Then these songs just turned into the kinds of songs I wanted to hear. I wish there were more rowdy God-haunted songs in the world.
  • Then I thought, if I want this kind of thing, I should share it with friends and family and whoever else wants to listen to it. So here you go. Hope you enjoy it.

Liner Notes
The great thing about 2019 is that we have basically all the music ever made at our fingertips. The bummer about 2019 is that nobody buys albums or CDs or cassettes anymore, and all those physical versions of music had liner notes—all the details that music lovers can nerd out on. Here are all the details that come to mind.

  • I wrote these songs over the past few years. “Land Of The Living” is the oldest at about two years old. About half of them are less than six months old.
  • This is mostly a one-man show. I wrote, recorded, played and mixed everything.
  • An exception: my buddy Aaron Hunt did a rough mix on one of the songs and made it sound WAY better. I used his expertise and ears to raise the clarity and energy across the board. Thanks Aaron!
  • Another exception: Dan Countant at Sun Room Audio in upstate New York mastered the tracks to give them one last polish. He did a great job.
  • Wait, one more exception: my pal Adam George put this website together at the last minute. He’s a lifesaver.
  • This was all recorded at my house with real instruments, using Pro Tools, a six-year old Macbook Pro, and a Universal Audio Apollo 8p interface.
  • My drum set is a late ‘70s Rogers that I got for fifty bucks out of a dead guy’s basement. It had mold on it when I bought it, but it cleaned up nicely.
  • That piano you hear was my grandma’s. I played it as a kid and always loved how it sounded. It’s a Hamilton, made right here in Cincinnati.
  • My organ is a Hammond C3 that runs through a Leslie 147. The organ is a 1955 model—first year they made them.
  • A couple tracks include an old Fender Rhodes that I re-covered in brown tolex about 15 years ago. I still haven’t put the handles back on it, which I’m reminded of every time I pick up that heavy thing.
  • My bass is a black Mexican P Bass, with an aftermarket tortoise shell pickguard that doesn’t quite fit. Still does the job just fine.
  • The acoustic guitar is a Martin 000-MMV. It’s a model that was only sold at Guitar Center, but I don’t hold that against it.
  • The electric guitars you hear are: a Gibson SG that my wife gave me as a wedding present (best gift ever, Cindy), a Gibson Firebird (because it looks cool), an Epiphone Sheraton with the finish sanded down to matte black (because it looks cool), and a frankensteined Tele with a strap that looks like crime scene police tape.
  • The guitar and bass amps are the main technology shortcut I took. Instead of using the big, old, loud, heavy amps I’ve known and loved, I used several Universal Audio amp emulators. They’re surprisingly wonderful recreations of the classic Marshall Plexi, Fender Tweed, and Ampeg SVT amps.