It's a familiar cliche: Good things come to those who wait. Well, I've waited over 40 years to record this album.
Forty-five years ago...that's when I first met and started making music with two "kids" named Ron, Ron Sachs and Ron Baumgartner. They were 18 and 17 years old, respectively; I was a "mature and respectable" twenty-two, at the time. For five years, the two Rons and I played together in a country-rock band called "Heather". We even managed to record a few singles and an album, back then.
Then, we went our separate ways.
Flash forward, more than three decades...
Kevin Sweeney and I "met" each other in 2009, when the two of us were involved in an experimental, Internet-based recording project called Peace Partners. That initial encounter happened on-line. You see, Kev lives in Glasgow, Scotland, while I reside an ocean away, in the good ol' U.S. of A. This 3500-plus mile divide didn't seem to matter, however, as he and I went on to form the informal group, "Gypsies in Cyberspace" and, subsequently, record nine albums together...still pursuing our shared musical aspirations "on-line", this being the only alternative available for two musicians living on two separate continents.
Indeed, Kev and I have yet to meet, in person, but that's a different story, for a different set of liner notes. The narrative of this album is how, 40-some years on, my past and present collided and coalesced into what we both consider to be the definitive Gypsies' sound.
This sound began solidifying a couple years ago, when the two Rons graciously agreed to contribute their considerable musical talents to various Gypsies' tracks. Now, neither Kev nor I can imagine starting to work on a new song without bringing Ron and Ron into the mix...both figuratively and literally. That's a good thing. And, as I said earlier, good things come to those who wait.
So, welcome aboard, Ron and Ron. Like it or not, you're now an integral part of our little "Band of Gypsies". Yeah, life does turn full circle, sometimes.
Ft. Mitchell, KY
released November 1, 2015
Gypsies in Cyberspace:
Kevin Sweeney - guitar, vocals
Jack Nimersheim - guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, vocals
Ron Sachs - guitar
Ron Baumgartner - drums
Special thanks to...
Jason Nimersheim - guitar (track 5)