In 2016 I released what I’d ultimately decide was finally my first album, Doxology. I’d recorded a million songs by then, but Doxology was the first album I didn’t eventually outgrow and remove from Bandcamp in embarrassment.
The album was recorded with a “trio of trios”, three distinct band lineups of three musicians, meant to be some Trinitarian symbol on this album about faith and love. It’s a little over the top, but that’s what being 20 is all about (and besides, a couple tracks ended up as a quartet by the end).
Anyway, Doxology is uniquely sentimental for me, being the first album I ever got to play with a band. The original mix, I think, did it injustice, mixed on headphones in a Chicago hostel by a 20-year-old who had no idea how compression worked. So I took another stab at it.
On its sixth anniversary, I think it finally sounds like the album I meant to make.
“All in all, Stuart Wicke does an amazing job blending the poetry of his lyrics with what he’s feeling musically. This harmony creates folk music for the future. While having obvious influences from the past, We Never Had Tomorrow Anyway still manages to stand completely on its own.”
Earlier this year I was a guest on the Top Hill Recording podcast. Brad Weston and Neil Johnstone, who host the podcast, also host a video series called “One Shot, One Mic, One Song”, for which I recorded a few videos as well.
The songs were recorded in one take each, with just one microphone, after one shot (or maybe a few) of David Nicholson 1843. You can hear the podcast interview here, and find all four songs in the video playlist below.
The new album is finally on its way! April 29 the band will be at the Chapel of St. Philip Neri in Old Louisville to celebrate the release. If you’ve never been to the Chapel, it’s a unique and extraordinary place to hear live music. The show will be in the sanctuary of a decommissioned church.
We’ll be joined by Film Delay and Elk Hound. The show starts at 7:30 and costs only $10.
“Two Cars” is the second song from the new album “We Never Had Tomorrow Anyway”. It’s the opposite of the first single, “2020” in a lot of ways. 2020, like most of the record, is venting frustration at the possible futures that lay ahead, but Two Cars is a rare glimmer of hope. It’s about the small things in our lives that dictate the way we live, and how much our lives can change around them.
“2020” is the new single from the upcoming album “We Never Had Tomorrow Anyway”. It’s available now on all streaming services! AND here is a “live” video — one take on each instrument — from my basement where the album was recorded.
“2020” is the first single from the upcoming album “We Never Had Tomorrow Anyway”.
Like most of the new record, I wrote “2020” toward the end of 2019. I wrote out of frustration, watching “once-in-a-century” weather events devastate communities all over the world.
And like most of the new record, I recorded “2020” much later, in the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic – yet another “once-in-a-century” event – after which it had assumed a lot more unintended meaning.