Love Songs (and other tall tales)

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released 2010   5th Chakra Records

© 2010 Stuart Ferguson. All rights reserved.

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These are songs about love and life and the moments in between the moments that we wait for. They are rendered here by a group of musicians who bring forth faith, spirit, joy, sorrow, and love that these songs will breath life and speak truthfully to a world that can be wondrous and beautiful, yet often seem unforgiving and unjust.

I call them "The Fashionistas." They look amazing and they sound even better. No songwriter could ask for a better band. Lori Diamond, Fred Abatelli, Phil Punch, and Lyn O'Conor-Ferguson each gave tirelessly to this project, bringing their ideas born of intuition, grace, and respect to my songs.

All Songs written by Stuart Ferguson except "Stranger Mine," written by Stuart Ferguson and Julie Eversaul. All songs © 2010 Rabid Rabbit Music, BMI

Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Wellspring Sound, Acton, MA by Eric Kilburn
Additional recording by Matt Hayes at Wellspring

Stuart Ferguson: vocals, acoustic guitar
Fred Abatelli: bass, vocals, electric guitar
Lori Diamond: piano, vocals, organ, Hammond B3
Lyn O'Conor-Ferguson: vocals
Phil Punch: percussion

Eric Kilburn: lap steel on "Revelation"

Fashionista Choir on "Diamonds and Pearls": Daniel Chauvin, Dan Cloutier, Susan Cunniff, Kim Jennings, Kelly Luce, Jon McAuliffe, Patti McAuliffe, Heather Quay, Ellen F. Schmidt

Vocal arrangements: Lori Diamond

Photography: Andrew Wallach Photography

Graphic Design: Tatiana Marcussian

Eric Kilburn was the de facto producer of this album. Eric coached, coaxed, and cajoled these performances from each of us and we are grateful to him for allowing us to make Wellspring our home.  

Special thanks go out to my good friend John Campbell, host of Independents Uncovered, for his unwavering dedication and support for independent musicians around the world.

I am grateful for the love and support of my family, Lyn, Sunny, Mom and Dad, Sally and Jack, Bonnie, Doug, Scott, Julianna, Jay, and the Hellers and Saxenians.

For their patience and support, much gratitude for David Golan, Laura Green, Don Coen and Deborah Marvel.

We are grateful to the following people for their support and encouragement: Bud and Mary Samiljan, Garry and Lisa Coole, Anthony and Lara Griffiths, Salah Zahr, Bonnie Punch, Linc Merrihew, Judy Diamond, James F. Towne, Nikilette Walker, Keith Donnellan, Daniel and Sophie Teague, Andrew Wallach, Susan Cunniff, Paul Mageau, Jon Svetkey, Heather Quay, Don White, Jim and Catherine Infantino, SLABmedia, Brian Doser, Dick Pleasants, The Boston Folk Festival, Ellen Schmidt, Carrie Rowan, Jon and Patti McAuliffe, Kim Jennings, Dan Cloutier, Oen Kennedy, Daniel Chauvin, Lisa Martin, Ruthann Baler, Cindy D'Adamo and the team at Ladylake Music, Steve Brown, Carolyn Gadway, Shannon Power, Shari and Rob Marston, Chris and Alisa Jahns, Steve Buratowski, Mark and Linda Peters, Don and Marcy Hoban, Dan and Faith Senie, Jana Sweeney, Ellis Paul, Ralph Jaccodine, Karen Zundel, Frank Jurden, Chris DePinto, Todd and Jennifer Guber, Keith Schroeder, Matt and Liz Montgomery, Tim Collins, Sean Condon, Kirsten Berquist, Cameron Laing, Kelly Luce, Jay Irwin, David Spiro, Jeff Wallman, Alison Lin and Benjamin Jin, The Loomers, Jeremy Carter, The 5th Chakra Street Team, The Boulevard Diner "There's no place finer than the Boulevard Diner!!"

Special thanks to all of the rooms that allow us in for an evening to entertain including: Chef Paul Bello, Mike Muratore, and all the ladies at Chili Head BBQ, Candy Liu at The Java Room, Bruce Slater at Great Brook Farms, Raymond Brady at Perks Coffeehouse, Caroline Nicholson at Sweet William Farm, Karen and Pippa at The Harvest Café, The Seaward Inn, Victoria Station Cafe, and our home away from home, Ichabod's.