THE COMFORT SOUND SESSIONS
The Comfort Sound Sessions is my first full production album recorded 'live off the floor' with a few overdubs. The songs reflect a myriad of influences ranging from hip country/folk songwriter/artists like John Prine and Gordon Lightfoot to folk/alt-rock artist Shawn Phillips. My song Good Times & Whiskey was quickly picked up by The Good Brothers who performed it live for years.
I had been writing lots of new songs at the time and my first album project was an evolution of ongoing efforts put forth by my musical friends Bruce "Fidd" Fiddament and Dave Dolmer, who made it a smooth, joyful trip. Fidd and I were recording every week at Dave's 8th Floor and performing live as an acoustic guitar/vocal duo, so we were really tight. That's me above and Fidd [right] at Comfort Sound / Toronto '81.
Our rock solid rhythm section featured Mike Kelly [drums] and John Van Zoomerman [bass guitar]
Mike and John were bandmates in a hot Toronto group at the time and both great players
My pal Bruce Gorrie played soulful sax on This Town and Lucky LeRoux
Other Toronto based musicians who contributed tracks included the multi-talented Bruce Naismith who played organ on one song and fiddle on another.
Huge credit here also to Comfort Sound owner and chief engineer, Doug McClement (pictured left), who besides being a masterful engineer/recordist, also happens to be a great guy. I will always be very grateful to Doug McClement for The Comfort Sound Sessions. Doug continues to be very successful with his major mobile recording business in Toronto called LiveWire Remote Recorders.
"Frank, you are one of the few survivors in a very tough business and we truly respect you for that. Keep making great music. We love it!" - Bruce, Brian and Larry [The Good Brothers]