The Porch Of Planet Pluto Part 1

Galactic Roadhouse
 
 

1. Water
Craig Erickson  

 

2. Wedding Day
Craig Erickson  

 

3. Infinite Light
Craig Erickson  

 

4. Best Kind Of Love
Craig Erickson  

 

5. Ride That Train
Craig Erickson  

 

6. Beautiful Here
Craig Erickson  

 

7. Chocolat
Craig Erickson  

 

8. Ramblin Again
Craig Erickson  

 

9. You're With me Now
Craig Erickson  

 

10. Perfect Love
Craig Erickson  

 

11. Time To let Go
Craig Erickson  

 

12. Little Village
Craig Erickson  

 

13. Traveling (So Far Away)
Craig Erickson  

 

14. Midnight Boulevard
Craig Erickson  

The Porch of Planet Pluto Part 1 is Erickson’s first completely self-produced and financed CD,recorded on a shoestring budget at Rivertown Recording in Cedar Rapids ,Iowa before and after the epic flood of 2008(2nd worse flood disaster in US history next to Katrina) The studio was totally destroyed by the flood with only the miraculous saving of the sessions and some of Craig’s prized guitars and recording gear…even the lyrics for the CD were drowned in the flood that filled the studio and music store 10 foot high on the main floor! The CD was finished and mixed 1 month after two months were spent cleaning and salvaging from the disaster wearing gloves,boots,and masks and eating food from the Salvation Army trucks…former Cedar Rapidians like Ashton Kutcher, Zach Johnson,and Superbowl QB Kurt Warner stopped through town to show their support…and Taylor Swift did a local concert and raised tens of thousands of dollars for the cause.

Thousands of families were evacuated from their homes and sent to live in relatives houses and FEMA trailers…a surreal scene in an otherwise average heartland American city… The CD started out to be a musical journal of overseas travels and the loss of loves,the death of some important relatives and close friends… but morphed into an even larger Epic of struggle for survival,overcoming and faith and hope through dark times on songs like Water,Infinite Light,Perfect Love,Youre With Me Now,etc. The CD also features humor and party songs like Ramblin Again and Chocolat conceived during fun moments on a French tour..laughter.
faith and love are great medicine even during the toughest of times!

Lapsteel and fretless guitars were all played by Erickson with guest violinist Natalie Brown spicing up a couple tracks. Obvious influences on the record include Little Feat,The Band,Grateful Dead, Dylan,Joni Mitchell,Taj Mahal,Chris Whitley,Tommy Bolin,Django,Eric Johnson, Ani,Dave Matthews,and even Bob Marley…a very different and entertaining record…a step out of time and expectations… The artist describes it as something he dreamed about doing for a long time including the title…all about passion and pain and hope….

 

 
 
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