Toots Rambles

by Jim Bouchard

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Back in 1996, I recorded this CD to support my burgeoning career as a folk singer-songwriter in the Boston music scene. I went up to Brian Doser's studio in scenic Lynn, MA and we put this down on 1" analog tape. There's no drums, very little bass, mostly just acoustic guitar, with some banjo, some mandolin played by my friend Sean Staples, some harmonica played by Ry Cavanaugh and some fiddle and cello played by the lovely and talented Kris Delmhorst. And nice harmonies provided by Ry and Kris and Nathan Thompson, Esther Friedman, Matt Griffin and Faith Soloway. I wrote a bunch of songs, and did a couple covers; the traditional "Wind and Rain", and Jimmy Driftwood's "Long Chain". It's pretty varied for sticking to the acoustic format. It was very nicely mastered by Jonathan Wyner at MWorks and released on the fledgling Boston label Holy Mackerel! Records.

Released on CD in 1996 on Holy Mackerel Records, and most of the copies ended up in a warehouse in New Jersey when the distributor disappeared due to mysterious circumstances. It's taken this long for the remaining CDs to dwindle down to a handful, so now it's uploaded here for posterity as a rerun on CDs seems unlikely...this features early recording appearances of the Toots Rambles String Band that would go on to a healthy residency at the famed Cambridge, MA watering hole Tir Na Nog, and divergent musical paths leading eventually to Ry and Sean's Session Americana and Kris Delmhorst's acclaimed solo singer songwriter career. Jim on the other hand stayed at home and did his thing, but this is an interesting piece of history.
The cover art was sadly cropped and poorly reproduced on the original CD, and this is somewhat rectified here, so this download comes with superior artwork rendering courtesy of today's digital media capacity!


released October 10, 1996

Recorded by Brian Doser at My Other Hat Studio in Lynn MA, Mastered by Jonathan Wyner at MWorks
Cover art by Jim Bouchard
guitars, banjo, harmonica, jew's harp, shaker, tambourine, Jim Bouchard
fiddles, cellos and vocals, Kris Delmhorst
mandolin, vocal, Sean Staples
harmonica, vocals, Ry Cavanaugh
vocals, Faith Soloway
bass guitar, Jerry Gregoire
vocals, Esther Friedman
harmony vocals, Matt Duane Griffin and Nathan Thompson



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