New Album: Grateful Destination by Graphite Addiction

15 years ago today Tim Carmichael, Pete Ehrmann, and I jammed together for the first time. Today, we’re releasing our 5th album.

We had planned to spend early 2020 recording a collection of originals, improvisations, and a standard or two. Obviously, plans changed. But, as Tim says in the liner notes, “In crazy times we all have to be like Jazz: learn to listen and improvise”. So here’s our album, improvised in it’s production as much as its performance.

About The Tunes

Tracks 1-3 are fully improvised jams. We recorded these on February 14th of this year with no charts, no idea what we’d play, just a lot of listening.

  1. Pete kicks things off with Groove EZ We Do. He’s been on hand percussion for most Graphite albums, so getting to hear him back on kit is a treat.
  2. If there is a best recorded example of what we do, it’s Conversations. Tim and I trade questions, answers, and punchlines while Pete lays down an unyielding groove.
  3. Traffic Saturation is a musical ode to commuting.

Tracks 4-7 are a few of the orignals we had planned. These are from our initial session in November of 2019.

  1. Message for Becky is Pete Ehrmann’s composition. Written for his wife, it’s been one of my favorite tunes to play for years.
  2. Mental Morphology started out as a odd funk groove I wrote one day while teaching. Pete decided to play it as a fast swing and Tim retitled it. Both things improved it immensely.
  3. Years ago, I stopped at Mike O’Shay’s in Longmont for a late-night dinner. Sitting at the bar was Eddie. He told a tipsy tale of catching a penguin (it was an emperor penguin!) at the St. Louis zoo. Penguin Eddie is an attempt to capture his masterful speaking cadence in musical form.
  4. And we’ll close this chapter of our musical journey with Tim’s Future Meetings, in hopes of seeing you again soon.

If you dig what you hear, check us out on the streaming service of your choice. Or, if you’re truly old school, you can buy our CDs on Amazon.

Thanks for listening,
-Vic

Sifferson & The Blue Dog – Exclusive Bandcamp Double Album

It’s Bandcamp shares day again and Graphite Addiction have a special Bandcamp exclusive download of Sifferson & The Blue Dog. It’s both our 2017 albums, together at last for 2 hours and 20 minutes of jammy, jazzy, concept album goodness.

We also have logo and Building a Better Tree t-shirts available, should you need garments.

And since Bandcamp is waiving their fees, order today and 100% of the profits go to the band.

Find it all at Graphite Addiction’s Bandcamp.

Community Infant Program Benefit

Almost every year, Pete Ehrmann, Tim Carmichael, and I play a Mothers Day fundraiser concert for Mental Health Partners’ Community Infant Program. They’re a team of psychologists, therapists and public health nurses who offer relationship-based support services for pregnant women and families with children under 3. We’ve seen the difference they make in the lives of people in our community and it’s extraordinary.

This year the concert was cancelled due to the coronavirus lockdowns. So we’re going online instead.

If you’d like a bit of music, Graphite’s “best of” is available for free streaming here. You can also listen to our albums on Spotify or Apple Music.

But, most importantly, we’re asking you to give. If you have the means and want to lend a hand, please donate to Mental Health Partners.

New Release: Foundry by Vic Dillahay

Foundry

Also Available From: Amazon | Spotify

Today is Tuesday, the traditional day for new Curious Automata albums. It is also the last day of the decade. Given that, I had to release something so here’s Foundry. A solo improvisation on my new Collings Baritone 1 acoustic guitar, it was recorded in a single take at The Foundry in Loveland, Colorado. The track titles are from my dog Charlie’s favorite walks so if you’re in Loveland you can use this as a soundtrack to a jog of a few miles. Thanks for listening.

Concerto No. 1 by Richard Ellis

One man. One acoustic guitar. No idea what he’ll do.

Available now on all major digital music services. CDs available at Amazon

Out today (after CDs only last week) on Curious Automata is Concerto No. 1 in G Major for Solo Improvised Acoustic Guitar from Richard Ellis. Completely improvised in a single unedited take.