Released April, 2004
1. 15 Hours listen
2. On the Road with Tom
3. 4-Lane Freakout
4. Didn't Leave No Tip
6. Stand Around the Fire
8. Maximum Angle of Repose
9. Long Haul
10. Thanksgiving Jig
11. Highway 278
12. Ohio and West
As the title suggests
Willís done some driving in his lifetime.
15 Hours of Driving is a collection of songs resulting from
driving along the Nationís highways and from other travels and observations.
Born in Pennsylvania, Willís first long driving stints were between
Montana, where he went to school to become a forester, and his parentsí home
in western Pennsylvania. The road
trips and travels eventually took him Alaska, where he has lived since 1982.
Willís early influences
included 60ís folk recordings from his parentsí LP collection.
Bluegrass entered his musical life during his Montana years and it was
then that he also started writing songs. In
1987 he recorded Northwords with Anchorage fiddler and songwriter, Shonti
Elder. That was followed in 1991 by a second collaboration of
original material with Shonti, Homefires.
In 1996, Will released his first solo CD, the middle of nowhere, a
concept album of original tunes and songs loosely based on the changing of
seasons in Alaska.
Hours of Driving is Willís most
current 2004 release. Some of
the songs such as Highway 278 and Four Lane Freakout
were written in his younger Montana days, some more recently written
reflect back to those days including the title cut,
On the Road with Tom, and Ohio and West.
Mixed in with the road trip
theme, there are songs with political content and humor, a song of mid-life
crisis (The Maximum Angle of Repose), followed by a mid-life love song (Long
Haul) and a nice palate-cleansing Celtic tune (Thanksgiving Jig)
co-written by Shonti and Will.
The CD has an eclectic
style ranging from the folk-rock Scared to the swing-influenced Didnít
Leave No Tip and the cajun-tinged Sauna.
Will plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin and harmonica on this CD. Other contributing musicians include Trudy Heffernan (harmony vocals) Pat Fitzgerald (drums), Robin Dale Ford (bass and banjo), Alex Clarke (lap steel guitar and electric guitar), Dan Berberich (resophonic guitar) and Shonti Elder (fiddle). The CD was recorded and mixed at 10th Planet Recording somewhere near Fairbanks Alaska.
For more information,
Will Putman, 131 Sands
Lane, Fairbanks, AK 99712. Ph 907-488-0556
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