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O N E

2021


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HOTEL SETTLES

JOHN HENRY

O N E

WISH I KNEW

AMERICAN HISTORY 101

HIGHWAYS AND HEARTACHES

CAROLINA SUNSHINE GIRL

FRIENDS ABOVE

STILL YOU STAY HERE LOVING ME

FINDING YOU (featuring Kyle Pratt and Hannah Alkire)

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Hotel Settles sign


LINER NOTES & CREDITS:

I was honored to write a new song about the Hotel Settles
—as it is today—in all its splendor.
Greg Lowry plays mandolin on the new song and it kicks off
this album with a downhome feel.
If you’re traveling across West Texas,
I recommend this stop.

I first recorded John Henry, 10 years ago,
when Cousin Rick Stricklan and I made an album together.
I decided to give it another turn,
featuring Greg’s mandolin and my guitar—
in a conversation with a Taj Mahal feel.

The title song—O N E—is self-explanatory
and began as a poem.
Wish I Knew is another of my songs
that I’ve wanted to re-record for years,
with a more up-tempo approach.
Alicia Gill helps bring some
déjà vu spirit to this one.

American History 101 is simply a cry out
for unity, love, and acknowledging the root cause
of many of the national issues we struggle with,
so that we can get on with the healing process.
Racism, Sexism, Ageism, etc.
should have no place here, ever.



Highways and Heartaches is partly
auto-biographical, about leaving
our past ‘selves’ behind,
as we migrate toward newer identities,
never quite able to shake
the hurtful echoes of our past experience.
The crew of players is remarkable;
I’m very grateful for Charles Ditto’s piano parts,
and John Macy’s stellar steel guitar!




I’ve sung a few of Jimmie Rodger's songs
for many decades,and loved programming
his music on my radio shows.
I decided to go with Carolina Sunshine Girl,
on this go round. Yodeling isn’t my forte, so I passed,
in favor of Greg Lowry’s fine dobro.

Still You Stay Here Loving Me, is a ballad
from my 70s coffee house days that waited forty years
to be recorded. I used a nylon-string Taylor
for this one and Jamie Hilboldt was able to it dress up
with some lovely synth parts.

Friends Above is also from the nylon-string
session, but a much more recent song, and, hopefully,
one that most 20th century people can relate to.
The reference to “Alice” is an affectionate memory
from an old Jackie Gleason television skit.

I owe big thanks to my guitarist friend Kyle Pratt
for his rendering of my composition Finding You.
When arthritis prevented me from tackling this
subtle but complex piece, Kyle was ready
to step in and play it beautifully.
Our Acoustic Eidolon friends in Colorado
Hannah Alkire—added cello, recorded by Joe Scott.

This album is dedicated to my wife, friend, and loving partner,
Leslie Capek Stricklan , who has made my life and my music
so much sweeter than it ever would have been.

Jim

2021







CREDITS:


Jim S > guitars, vocals, arrangements
Greg Lowry > mandolin, dobro, recorder
Mike Roberts > bass
Kevin Hall > drums
Jamie Hilboldt > keyboards & synth parts

.........on Highways & Heartaches
Charles Ditto > piano
John Macy > steel guitar
Susan Maxey > vocal support

.........on Finding You
Kyle Pratt > guitars
Hannah Alkire > cello
Joe Scott > engineering assistance
Joe & Hannah appear courtesy of Acoustic Eidolon

........on ONE......and on Friends Above
Debi Witt Jones > vocal support

........on Wish I Knew
Alicia Gill > vocal support

Matt Lankes > cover photo, Matt Lankes Photography, ATX
Michelle Rahbar > album design by Mothership Arts, ATX
George Coyne > recording and mastering at Parrot Tracks Studio, ATX

Jim Stricklan > wrote all songs except John Henry (public domain);
Carolina Sunshine Girl by Jimmie Rodgers, used by permission

©P 2021 FRONTROOMMUSIC / BMI










Leslie Stricklan > website design for Front Room Music.



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