released January 5, 2015
Produced by Val Blaha
Mixing and sound engineering by Brandon Jiaconia
Principal vocal tracks producer and preproduction coach: Vicki Ambinder
Recorded at New North Sound, Portland, OR
Mastered by Dana White at Specialized Mastering, Tigard, OR
Val Blaha: vocals, piano
Tim Ellis: rhythm guitar & lead guitar
Joe Aloia: electric bass, stand-up bass
Theresa Riccardi: drums
Tim Connell - mandolin on Water, Ashes and Wood, Time to Go, Now I Know, Hard on the Heart, Sunflowers
Tony Furtado - slide guitar on Walk Away, Life in the Dark; banjo on August
Paul Brainard - pedal steel on Heart on the Line, August
Sharon Donaldson – violin on Sunflowers
Joseph Siegel – violin on Heart on the Line
All songs written by Val Blaha, except: Hard on the Heart written by Val Blaha & Rich Blaha; Life in the Dark written by Val Blaha with Jori McGinnis.
Kickstarter backers... thanks to: Matt Haughey, the Bennett family, Ginny's grandbabies, Erin Bowman, Mike & Kathy Aplin, Trish and Ed Zakocs, Christina Grohs, The Corvus Family, Kris & Steve Bledsoe, Brita Johnson & family, The Wilkins, Kimberly Amador, The Corff Family, Stacy & Russell, Brian Beggs, Todd Mabee, Maren Chenault; & also to all of the other backers not named here! You all made this possible!!!
Additional thanks to: Gene & Angel Graber; John & Jean Blaha; all of the fantastic musicians who were part of this project; Jeff B. for inspiring the title of the title song; Jori McGinnis for helping edit some of my songs; Vicki Ambinder for musical encouragement; my Top Hands, Mike Aplin & Bruce Braukman, for being my musical companions over the past several years, & helping me find my voice & the courage to do this; Amanda Palmer for her amazing TED talk which gave needed encouragement during my Kickstarter campaign; my students, who inspire me to be a better musician & to get out there & perform; & of course, to my 2 favorite people in the whole world, Rich & Dalton.
Photography: Grace Portraits/Tyra Murray
Art design: Val Blaha
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Official Website: www.valblaha.com