I have produced this track using surprisingly compatible music samples from both Jimbo and Mr. Nimoy. I count it to be a terribly strange, wonderful, and sad coincidence that Leonard Nimoy passed on the exact same day that I was working on a memorial song for Jimbo (as I had already planned for a couple weeks). Even more bizarre is the fact that Nimoy had recorded a song, "Billy Don't Play the Banjo Anymore," that fit what I was doing for Jimbo, not just musically but also thematically and lyrically.
Here is the finished version, it's still free (or pay what you like). I hope that you all will accept it, as a free download, with the same sort of gratitude that I feel for both Jimbo and Leonard Nimoy, having each touched my life in a deep, lasting, and meaningful way.
released February 28, 2015
Banjo (in the Dead Country Stars samples), inspiration: Jimbo Carrico.
Further instrumentation within the aforementioned samples:
** Alex Culbreth and the Dead Country Stars consists of Alex Culbreth (lead vocals, guitar, songwriting); Eddie Dickerson (fiddle, vocals); Jimbo Carrico (banjo); Joanna Smith (standup bass); Ryan Hale (drums, vocals); Rachel Childress (vocals). **
Alex Culbreth and the Dead Country Stars have a Bandcamp page, located here: deadcountrystars.bandcamp.com/album/heart-in-a-mason-jar
, Buy their album! It's seriously top quality -- some of the best country/bluegrass music I've ever heard.
"Billy Don't Play the Banjo Anymore" was written and performed by Leonard Nimoy, from the album "The Way I Feel" (1968). Produced by Charles R. Grean, Arranged by Charles R. Grean, and engineered by Thorne Nogar.
Bass and drum loop sampled from Leonard Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan."
All other instrumentation, arrangement, composition, and engineering by Andrew Callander, (c) 2015, some rights reserved.