Okay, I have finally consumed what I deem to be a 'respectable' amount of coffee. This means that I can give you the lowdown, the scoop, the details, the 411, the REAL POOP, as it were...regarding Meinl Cymbals' very own Nick D'Virgilio and a recent trip he made to Meinl USA's hometown of Nashville, TN for some studio work.
Nick has been working for awhile with a producer here by the name of Mark. They have a company together called Rewired Music. Funny thing...I have been to breakfast with Nick and Mark. I have been invited by Mark to get raging drunk, drive golf carts while listening to AC/DC and maybe hit some golf balls with him and Nick (which I didn't do, I swear...I stayed at home and hung out with my wife and baby that afternoon). I have eaten huge amounts of Barbecue with Nick and Mark. But for the life of me, I cannot tell you Mark's last name! That's just the way it is in this business. Things can move VERY fast. So fast that the small details, such as last names, are inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.
ANYWAY...Nick came down to Nashville (Joelton actually - which is a small country town just northwest of Nashville, about 20 minutes outside of it) to track drums for an album that he and Mark are putting together. A very cool album. They are recording the entire Genesis classic, "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" in its entirety. No small task. The album should be available in late 2008 if all goes according to plan and will be released on Prog Rock Records under the title, "Rewired Music Presents: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway." It will be available in all places where you can actually go and still buy Cd's and of course will be available for download at all of the major download sites.
It was really cool to watch Nick and the hired gun Nashville session musicians work their way through some major charts, recreating some extremely complex music. It's an amazing thing about the musicianship in Nashville. This session had a guitar player who was just shredding, all kinds of complicated prog rock. His main gig though is playing guitar for the Oak Ridge Boys (remember their hit song 'Elvira'?)! That's Nashville though, a collection of country fried musicians who can play any style you throw at them.
So be sure and stay on the lookout for this very cool audio homage that's being paid to one of the finest, and weirdest, albums of the prog rock era.