The Might Crash CD Release Party

Boris & the Salt Licks

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Might Crash! CD is available this weekend and you should come celebrate with the mighty Salt Licks in Dixon, NM at the TOOLSHED, the coolest theater in the region. At #68 and Highway 75. Party on Friday, November 8. Seating and dance floor.  Libations by Blue Heron Brewery.  Please come and share in the fun! Tix: $10.

This night at the northern New Mexican theater the Toolshed is going to be a community celebration -- a thank you party and concert with Boris & the Salt Licks, Lisa Joyce, Bill Palmer & Stephanie Hatfield, with other special guests. The night will be emcee'd by a favorite local gadfly (surprise!). The new CD "Might Crash!" was a joint production of friends and supporters of the new album. Time to enjoy the accomplishment.

 

THE MIGHT CRASH PROJECT. Excerpt from album notes by Boris.

"...I arranged in October 2011 to go back into the studio and try to knock out some new songs the band and I had been kicking around since the Spring. We had tested the new songs out at the Moab Folk Festival, in Holland, and at various New Mexican venues and had settled on some long-tried and tested arrangements. From the beginning of Fall 2011 I had been completely overcome by the season’s tone, its light and intensity. It really struck me in a way that I had not felt in a while or maybe ever.

My wife and I had been struggling for years to raise our kids in a remote, off the grid valley and really not making ends meet with her schoolteacher salary and my musician’s chump change. It was all really coming to a head and the Fall just brought it there quickly in a raving yellow sea of aspens.

One of the main songs to be recorded that weekend was a song entitled “Might Crash”. It was a song that began as a joke, to bring some lightness to the dark mood of the times. I was feeling regretful and worthless and when I saw one of our dogs dining on a diaper in the melting snow, I turned and asked my wife if we had turned into white trash. How did our ideals morph into this gruesome image? Babies crying, broke, stuck on the mountain splitting wood in a snowstorm. Why were we here, what were we doing? The song became “Might Crash”, the title track of the new album. A song that in the end, sums up our new Great Depression.

How do you know when you might crash?
Is the dog eating diapers on the dying lawn?
Do your lips not reach her before she leaves?
Is she wondering where the fun has gone?

Finally, the morning came to meet with the Mighty Salt Licks at the studio. As I drove down the mountain from Truchas, NM, the aspen groves were on fire, and my heart was on fire. I was overtaken again, and had to pull over and try to sum up the feeling. I wrote the song “Flesh and Dream” on the shoulder of the ribbon of death, Highway 76. I finished the song before I had arrived at Frogville Studios. I decided to show it to Susan and the band and we recorded it first, hardly knowing it at all. Cautiously we entered “Flesh and Dream” trying to find its groove and depth. Going into the studio and recording a song that the band has never heard and I have never played on guitar is something I would never do, but somehow it felt right then and we did it and triumphed. It is also one of the strongest songs on the new album.

The “Might Crash” project has been recorded live from the beginning with the entire band in one big room. The core tracks of the project were recorded that fall week, in October 2011 by Bill Palmer. All said and done there have been 20 songs recorded live at John Treadwell's Frogville with a few guest performers. It has been a stunning project, one that has mellowed and matured over time like a good whiskey. This project would never have made it off the ground without the dynamic engineering powers and generosity of Bill Palmer...."


Come celebrate the release of Boris & the Salt Licks' new album MIGHT CRASH! at the Toolshed in Dixon, NM on November 8, 2013.

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