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Sean Hutton

Sean Hutton - The Legend Of April Country

It all started in the crib!

As a child, my parents had Ian And Sylvia's greatest hits record playing on a regular basis, they also played tons of classical.

The classical did absolutely nothing for me, however the Ian And Sylvia record resonated deeply.

It's the earliest memory I have, feeling this deep, beautiful, poetic and real music, I wasn't aware that this was listening to music.

I was way too young, age 0 to 10, the vibe of the music touched my soul and there was nothing that came marginally close to the soulful vibe of that Ian And Sylvia record. The song that moved my young soul the most was their version of Phil Och's (pronounced like oaks) "Changes ".

It was the most beautiful thing in the world to me. It was spiritual.
Still, at age 8 or so I had no idea what a record was or what music was. It had been this consistent presence of soul, it didn't seem to have anything to do with music classes, which I slept through. That said: Glen Campbell's version of "Gentle On My Mind " was on the radio everywhere and it moved me.

The combination of the highly melodic and poetic lyrics spoke to me.
I didn't consider myself a music fan until age 13 when I discovered The Beatles.
At this point music became everything. I learned everything I could about The Beatles, I got a drum set and became a musician at age 14.

I loved the unabashed romanticism of The Beatles. I practiced the drums night and day on the drum set and practice pads, music had become my life.
As I gained more technical skill on the drums, I veered off course for a couple of years listening to much Prog and Hard Rock of the day. I was focused on the drums and was not thinking of songs at that point.

This all changed at age 17. I saw an old tv clip of The Byrds playing “Tambourine Man” and it re-awakened the feeling that the Ian and Sylvia and Glen Campbell records gave me.
The Byrds music motivated me to pick up a guitar and I started writing songs immediately. The songwriting came easily as I was inspired by The Byrds, not to sound like them, but to express elements of life that most rock bands did not present. There was beauty, poetry, there was creativity galore.

It seemed that the members of The Byrds were kindred spirits. I, however, was not inspired to sound like The Byrds, I wanted to be as innovative as they were.
I began writing songs non-stop taking many long walks in nature contemplating music and had a persistent inner feeling that I was meant to write music that was uplifting, life affirming, and completely original.

So, what does this have to do with “The Legend Of April Country”?
I put together my first band while I was in college, called The Trees (not related to any other bands called The Trees).

For a period of six years I was highly productive in performing, practicing and much songwriting. The band had a great vibe, although we never got around to making a single recording.

I call this era, April Country, as the era felt very spring like. I shook free the straight jacket of society and fell in love with all things spiritual, positive, and musically positive.

I had my own vision and knew there was an album that needed to be made. Unfortunately, The Trees broke up for non-musical reasons and I temporarily abandon my vision of music that was intended to uplift the soul and to spread a spiritual vibe that had nothing to do with religion, I just had to express this vibe I knew in my heart.

Yet, the cold hard facts of life became omni present in twenty plus years of working dead end jobs, playing in entertainment-oriented bands all the while my “vision album” stayed on the back burner.

The songs I wrote for Raquel’s Boys and The Sean Hutton Supershow were fun adventures into the realms of sunshine pop and ‘70’s style glam. I wasn’t yet ready to bring forth the album that I knew I had to make.

In 2012, a mere few weeks after releasing The Sean Hutton Supershow (glam, power pop, style), I felt the sudden conviction that I’d been avoiding making the music that was truly flowing out of my soul.

I had already written a multitude of songs in The April Country Style and began writing more at a feverish pace.

I had amassed several hundred songs and allowed the music to flow through me, with the only intention to be authentic, real, and completely myself, regardless of what anyone would think. There was no second guessing, there was no attempt to conform to standard song construction. I broke several rules of pop music simply because what I had to express couldn’t be done in the confinement of the so-called professional standard.

I wrote the songs in my head and recorded them on small recording devices. I did not edit, second guess or analyze the material. I had complete faith that the songs that flowed through me, were the songs the world needed to hear.

Yet, I had some real-life setbacks that kept me from making many recordings until December of 2018, when I called Alex Oliver, a long-time friend of mine, since the My Space days, for advice on how I could get this recorded given the challenges I was facing. I had checked out a multitude of musicians on My Space and Facebook; and found Alex to be the most serious and dedicated musician.

He shared the love for the music to a degree that I had only seen in myself. Alex suggested that we do some recordings together. Alex’s work on the recordings showed me that my vision could be realized. His musicianship brought out the best in the songs. After five recordings with Alex I was extremely happy with what was recorded, however I knew that it is a long way from Vermont to Las Vegas, and there were few musicians locally that could provide the same level of vocal and instrumental talent that Alex provided.

I then decided to fill out the album with singer songwriter performances. The approach I took was unconventional. I went for authenticity and I recorded every singer songwriter recording raw and uncompromising, favoring tracks that were passionately performed, even keeping in some of the errors. I simply set up the mic, picked up a guitar, and let the music flow out of me without any self-consciousness, perfectionism, worldly ambition or concern for validation. I expressed the vision and vibe that I had carried since the crib days of being immersed in the vibe of Ian and Sylvia. I decided in my head that I would rather be authentically expressing my soul than skillfully imitating other artists ideas.

I did notice a similarity to The Byrds and Gene Clark’s solo albums, however I thought of them as kindred spirits and made no attempt to imitate them any more than they would imate their inspirations.

The handful of “feel a whole lot better” riffs are a tip of the hat to my favorite musicians, sort of a thank you.

I realized at this point that I had completed the vision I had held for decades. I was also simultaneously aware that the playbacks were quite a different than any other music I have heard in this century. I thought for approximately 5 seconds about professionalize it, but my inner voice said this is you, this is your expression, this is your music to the world, and this is real.

This is an uncompromising album. My goal is to spread this music, to uplift the souls of listeners, to spread goodness, positivity, and what I call “The Way Great Vibe”.
If this music adds to the life of one person, I have done my job.
I look forward to doing much more music in the same vein and if there is enough interest in my music, there are six or seven albums waiting to be recorded! So, I hope people will want more!

I am ever so thankful to those who are helping share this music in any way they can as the intention is to uplift the human spirit.

Sean Hutton