marks a new direction, revealing more than just a sense of humour for
this talented singer/songwriter. ...but you can call me Larry may be Larry Gowan's most relaxed and intimate recording to date, reflecting
a renewed interest in instrumentation with an emphasis on guitar instead
of Gowan's trademark keyboard flourishes. "I wanted to get back to where
I started...as a songwriter and musician. I think for a time, the "video
Gowan" had begun to detract from what I really am...and that's a songwriter".
path of this new record was determined by the success of two singles
from the previous album, Lost Brotherhood. All the Lovers
in the World was my first co-write. Up until that time, I had written
all the songs on my previous albums. Working with Eddie Schwartz (Doobie
Brothers, Pat Benatar, Joe Cocker, Carly Simon) on that song pointed
me in a new direction and people seemed to like it. Out of a Deeper
Hunger was also a single that was really well received in our live
shows. Both musically and lyrically, it most closely aproached what
I have tried to do with this new record".
album, Larry continues his collaboration with Eddie Schwart on the first
single When There's Time (For Love), where J.D. Souther also
share a co-write. For this album, he also worked with Bryan Adams' long
time songwriting partner Jim Vallance, who has recently written hits
for Aerosmith and Motley Crue. Annette Ducharme was the third colaborator
with whom Larry wrote Soul's Road. Ducharme is perhaps best known
for writing the Tom Cochrane hit, Sinking Like a Sunset.
lilting ballad When There's Time (For Love), to the rockers Soul's
Road and Innocent, Gowan returns on this album with the now
familiar rhythm section of Jerry Marotta and Tony Levin, with Marotta
tackling the role of producer as well. Collectively, Jerry Marotta and
Tony Levin have played with everyone from Pink Floyd, King Crimson,
Peter Gabriel, John Lennon, Paul Simon, Warren Zevon, Paul McCartney,
Hall and Oats, to the Indogo Girls; a considerable resume to say the
least. The fact that they have accompanied Larry on his last four albums
is a testament to their belief in him as a musician and songwriter.
is Jerry's first time at the helm as producer and his knowledge as a
hands-on musician proved invaluable to the project", says
Gowan. "Though the album took over a year to record,
there was never any pressure in the studio and the songs came together
very naturally in a collaborative environment that was very nurturing".
The majority of the album was recorded in Morin Heights, Quebec, with
some additional recording at various studios in Woodstock, New York,
and Metal Works in Toronto, and Larry's home studio. As with most Gowan
albums, some surprising guests contribute their talent to the record.
Robert Fripp, an old Marotta alumnus from King Crimson, was brought
in to play guitar on Little Face. Larry was impressed, "He's
like a traditional English college professor with a terrific sense of
humour. He was in Woodstock recording with David Sylvian and Jerry just
thought he would be great for the track and that's all it took".
songstress, Jann Arden, is featured in a duet with Larry on Last
Laugh. Larry heard Jann on the radio and was immediately smitten
by the honest unaffected quality of her voice. "There
is something in the way she delivers lyrics that made me feel she was
the right person to communicate the sentiment we were trying to convey
with Last Laugh". The track was recorded live off the floor,
and John Sebastian (yes, the John Sebastian from Livin' Spponful fame)
dropped by to play harmonica and acoustic guitar. Larry described Sebastian
as a "genuinely kind, unassuming man who plays a wicked harmonica. It
was great fun working with him".
guitars were handled by Kenny Greer and Larry himself. Kenny Greer played
on Lost Brotherhood and is best known for his work with Tom Cochrane.
Another prominent Canadian player, Colin Linden, also shows up on the
first single When There's Time (For Love), playing slide guitar.
views ...but you can call me Larry as an attempt to return to
his musical roots. "I wanted to write within a
band setting again, not write to an image. I want to reinforce, with
this album, that I am a musician first of all, and a performer as well".
Larry's talents have served him well over the last decade and
now with his fifth album for Anthem Records/Sony Music, he is consolidating
his career and taking it in a new direction with a more heartfelt approach
to songwriting, set amidst the sound of some of the finest musicians
Gowan...but you can call him Larry.