Bohemian Woman – Released 20141. In Oregon: A song about the rain.
Vocals, Harmonies and Rhythm Guitar by Camille Jackson, Bass by Adam Miller, Mandolin by Peter Schwimmer, Slide Guitar by Paco, Dobro by Jeroen Schmohl 2. Hillbilly Heroin: About an imaginary soldier returning from war with a pain killer addiction.
Vocals, Harmonies and Rhythm Guitar by Camille Jackson, Backing Vocals by Angela Brock, Mandolin by Peter Schwimmer, Bass by Henrik Holm, Dobro by Jeroen Schmohl, Drums by Ezra Holbrook 3. That Happy Glow: Something Scott said to me one morning.
Vocals, Harmonies and Mandolin by Camille Jackson, Backing Vocals by Angela Brock, Fiddle by Katie Klann, Banjo by Peter Schwimmer, Bass by Caleb Nason, Drums by Ezra Holbrook 4. For Now Girl: What it feels like to love someone who can’t love you back.
Vocals, Egg, Claps and Rhythm Mandolin by Camille Jackson, Banjo, Guitar and Lead Mandolin by Peter Schwimmer, Bass by Caleb Nason, Other Percussion by Scott Rodd, Drums by Ezra Holbrook 5. Ways of His Love: About a sad, crazy clown.
Vocals, Harmonies and Rhythm Guitar by Camille Jackson, Bass and Lead Guitar by Peter Schwimmer, Harmonica by Scott Rodd, Drums by Ezra Holbrook 6. Vern Bond: Because you never know where he is- my fantasy about his life.
Vocals, Harmonies and Mandolin by Camille Jackson, Bass by Peter Schwimmer and Caleb Nason, Guitar by Peter Schwimmer, Trumpet by Gus Baum, Drums by Ezra Holbrook 7. Go Rooster Go: A rooster sang this to me under a night full of stars on St. Thomas.
Vocals, Harmonies and Mandolin by Camille Jackson, Backing Vocals by Angela Brock, Bass by Caleb Nason, Guitar by Peter Schwimmer, Dobro by Jeroen Schmohl, Drums by Ezra Holbrook 8. Bohemian Women: Inspired by something Chad said as I left that day.
Vocals, Harmonies and Mandolin by Camille Jackson, Bass by Caleb Nason, Guitar by Peter Schwimmer, Trumpet by Gus Baum, Drums by Ezra Holbrook 9. When I Get Out of This Place: A song to keep my sanity in a bad relationship overseas.
Vocals, Harmonies and Mandolin by Camille Jackson, Backing Vocals by Angela Brock, Guitar by Scott Rodd, Bass by Caleb Nason, Drums by Ezra Holbrook 10. Suwannee: About coming home. Oh, and drowning.
Vocals, Harmonies and Egg by Camille Jackson, Guitars by Scott Rodd, Bass and Saw by Henrik Holm, Dobro by Jeroen Schmohl
In the Fall of 2013, I launched a Kickstarter Campaign to raise support for a new album, and within three days my friends, family, and strangers I’d never even met joined me in raising all the funds toward what would become Bohemian Woman.
I wrote the songs on this album over a period of about six years. A few, like In Oregon, Hillbilly Heroin and Ways of his Love, I wrote back when I lived in Portland, Oregon. God I love that place. I miss her so. But in the Fall of 2010, I moved away from the beautiful West and my home for 17 years, back to my home state of Florida to start a new life. It took me three years before I actually bought a bed and unpacked a few boxes, though, because I haven’t actually stayed in one place for long lately. The rest of the songs on this album come from a very short period of time between 2012 and 2013, marked by my dad’s passing, my purchase of a $39 mandolin from Amazon.com, and the subsequent overflowing of emotion into songwriting on my new instrument. I think my dad had something to do with the songs I wrote on that mandolin. And he is the reason I made Bohemian Woman.
My many meanderings the past four years have taken me from Portland, Oregon, to Homer, Alaska, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, a foray through the Sahara Desert in Morocco, St. Thomas in The Virgin Islands, my hometown of Gainesville, Florida and finally to my happy place, St. Augustine, Florida. I’ve written songs in all those places, and in each place, I found the most creative musicians I could find and recorded them using my little 2008 white MacBook, Logic Pro Recording Software and borrowed microphones. Each new musician and their unique sound helped these songs take their own shape. While I am 100% independent and mobile, these musical collaborations have been the backbone to my music and my life. I am honored and amazed by all of the talent I’ve been able to work with and these musicians’ willingness to jump into a recording session, sometimes without having heard a note of what they’re about to commit to eternity on a recording.
The most difficult process of making an album out of all these recordings is piecing together the various instruments into a whole, cohesive sound. I’ve recorded in two different studios (thank you to Jordan at Secret Society), various-sized living rooms, bedrooms, and basements in Amsterdam, Alaska, Portland, and Florida, with many different microphones, instruments, spaces, and challenges generated by my musical engineering limitations, and then mixed and mastered these songs virtually, by Skype and iChat, with the unfathomable and interminable devotion and generosity of Chris Gear of OhmLab. His professionalism and commitment to making this album work was remarkable. He also designed my website and helped me turn my passion into an actual business by teaching me how to truly be an independent artist today.
Bohemian Woman isn’t just a musical collaboration, it’s a ride through several years of my life and the people and places who made it so interesting, and represents a period of artistic and personal growth I found along the way. You might be surprised by the many variations in sound on this album as a result, but I hope you’ll enjoy listening to all those stories as much as I’ve enjoyed living them.
The amazing musicians I’ve had the pleasure of working with on the album Bohemian Woman include:
Peter Schwimmer of The Peter Schwimmer Bluegrass Trio, The Columbians, Rose City Bluegrass, Sam Hill, and The Lonesome River City Band – Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, and Bass
Ezra Holbrook of The Decemberists, Redray Frazier, The My Oh Mys, Casey Neill, and The Minus 5 – Drums
Adam Miller of Full Funkal Nerdity- Bass
Martha Grover of Somnambulist- She’s not actually recorded on this album but I’ve sang with her many times and she did the artwork on Bohemian Woman, so she definitely gets a credit
Angela Brock of Burnt Down House – Backing Vocals
Katie Klann of Burnt Down House- Fiddle
Scott Vernon of The Bidets and Toothless Judy- Guitar and Harmonica
Caleb Nason of The Watership Down, Luca Brasi, and The Beautiful Mistake- Bass
Andrew Cook of Nook and Cranny and Wild Shiners- Violin
Brain Turk of Nook and Cranny and Wild Shiners- Bass
Paco of Sopchoppy- Guitar and Slide Guitar
Amsterdam, The Netherlands:
Jeroen Schmohl of Tennessee Studs – Dobro
Henrik Holm of Tennessee Studs- Bass and Saw