Day To Day
Jukehouse Records (2009)
Can’t think of a time when I wasn’t grateful for music recorded before my time. We are all the beneficiaries of the foresight and sweat, and the guts and adventure it took to create field recordings in the 20s, 30s and 40s.
How many legendary songsters’ art were lost due to a wrong turn here, a missed conversation there? How long did it take for history to forget the greatness of those who never got their tracks down?
Patton, Johnson, Jefferson, Waters, House and so many treasured others are there for us, because of the belief and willingness of a tenacious few who put up their time, money and belief to make a bit of history happen, to nudge a bit of magic up so it might blossom from obscurity.
Scott Silveira is one of those adventurers in living history, in living blues.
Silveira found Alabama Mike singing his lungs out for the love of the blues in the town of Berkeley, California.
He liked what he heard. He liked it a lot.
Gathering his strengths as a producer and musician, he offered Mike a chance to record a collection of songs the right way. Hand picked musicians from California, but of national stature came on board and the results is a marvel of the new decade.
Where did they find this guy? Why haven’t we heard of him before?
All it took was a chance.