Conceived and recorded in ‘99 and 2000, No. Twelve was primarily designed as a musical thank you to the wonderful friends we made during the three years
Leslie and I worked in northern Louisiana. Half the songs are a tribute to the talented people and exciting culture of that great state. No. 12 was
recorded with the help of George Coyne at Parrot Tracks in Manchaca, Texas. My chief musical collaborator on the album was
John Simons, an amazing bass player I met in the mid-nineties. John played with Larry and me at the old Austin Music Hall (see photo) and it
was a pleasure to work with him on this record.
Ponty Bone, Jim Fenner, Joseph Brunelle, Joey Colarusso, and Jamie Hilboldt added even more spice to the mix of songs.
Room Full of Rain was recorded at a little Austin studio called Sonic Arts, and I believe one or two other basic vocal & guitar tracks were
done in the FRM studio, with overdubs at Parrot Tracks. The cover photo of steam locomotive No. 12 was taken up at Silver Plume, Colorado by
Leslie around 1986. We released a limited edition back in 2000, although the album never felt complete to me. I decided to re-mix many of the songs
and added drums to a few more tracks. Those steps, combined with Jerry Tubb's superb re-mastering, really made No. Twelve come alive. js
John Simons, Larry Rothwell and Jim performing at Austin Music Hall.