WARREN PASH - Bones & Stones Release Day
I produced "Bones & Stones" in 1998! It's being released today!
In 1993, on the night we met, Elaine Summers turned me on to Warren Pash’s music. I don’t recall if she shared any details about him, like the fact that he co-wrote the number one smash “Private Eyes” for a little duo called Hall & Oates or that Carole King recorded a song he co-wrote with the legendary Gerry Goffin. What I do remember is being completely knocked out when I heard “Love is Gonna Come My Way.” The song made me an instant fan. When it ended, I called for an encore. I had to hear it again. It was just great.
Years later, Warren re-recorded the song for his 2007 long player, Plastic Rulers. Plastic Rulers was not just the name of a record; Plastic Rulers was a band. The group included Nashville A-listers Audley Freed, Jen Gunderman, Billy Mercer, and Brad Pemberton. Matthew McCauley contributed the string arrangement.
I produced one song on the Plastic Rulers record called “Running for God.” I’ll share that one another time. The sessions that produced “Running for God” took place in late 1997 and early 1998 and included two more songs. I tell the story of unearthing those tunes in an article on the TapeOp blog. (TapeOp is a terrific magazine about recording.)
Warren released “Blue River” as a digital single back 10/06/23.
Today, “Bones & Stones” drops.
Find these songs and others by visiting Warren’s BANDAMP.
Or if you like the streamers and socials, visit his LINKTREE.
All this music I’ve mentioned took place years ago. You may wonder what Warren is up to now. He’s playing a show tonight in Portland, Oregon, for starters! And he has a killer track in the can cued up to be his next single. I’ve heard “Territoreality,” it’s a great song with a killer groove and a sweet, old-school analog sound.
In addition to more new music in progress, Warren was inspired by our “Blue River” and “Bones & Stones” experience to dig into more of his past recordings. He found songs from a session that included Dan McCarrroll. Hardcore DrogeHeads may recognize that name. Dan occupied the drum chair in my rock and roll outfit, The Sinners, in the mid-90s. He played on Find A Door and the Beautiful Girls soundtrack. We toured the world and elsewhere together. Great drummer.
The sessions also included Heartbreaker Benmont Tench, alongside luminaries of the L.A. session scene, Bob Glaub and Greg Leisz. Small world alert: Greg was part of the stellar backing band we were blessed with on The Thorns record.
Warren shared one of these tracks with me. “Magic Robot” is another knockout. I’m encouraging him to keep peppering in some of these long-lost gems with the new music he’s putting out.
Next, I’ll have to convince him to find and release the original “Love is Gonna Come My Way.” As fond as I am for the version I shared above, I have a soft spot for that original demo.
Peace & Love Songs,