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Over the Fens

by Bob August

The long awaited follow-up to Firstofaugust and Christmas Here, this collection of infectious pop, rock and folk-rock is sure to please anyone who relishes a good groove, a strong melody an a penchant for wry lyrics.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Minor Prelude
1:23 $0.79
2. R U
2:15 $0.99
3. That's Ok
2:23 $0.99
4. You Hope It's Gonna Last
3:21 $0.99
5. Jōb
3:25 $0.99
6. A Matter of Situation
2:57 $0.99
7. Wasn't Even There
2:50 $0.99
8. Ready or Not
2:48 $0.99
9. Once in a While
2:45 $0.99
10. But Now You've Changed
3:07 $0.99
11. Charisse
2:14 $0.99
12. Amigo
3:31 $0.99
13. One Day We'll Know
3:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Over the Fens" is the culmination of many hours spent recording, mixing, listening and re-mixing between studios in Nashville and North Carolina. The result? A cohesive collection of infectious pop/rock, both electric and acoustic, employing full use of the stereo spectrum, with several surprises along the way. Many of the songs were originally written in what was then the "Fensgate" dorm at Boston's Emerson College. In fact, this effort is a musical trip across the globe and back in under 40 minutes, with stops in the aforementioned Nashville & Boston, plus New York and parts of Europe.

There's literally "never a dull moment" in this collection. The opening, pseudo-classical "A Minor Prelude" (written when August was just 15) launches the listener, full-throttle, into "R U," which segues into the drum beats of "That's OK." The early elation is later tempered with the loneliness of "Jōb," before returning to several more crafty pieces of pop, including the wry "Wasn't Even There" (another melody written by August as a young teen, lyrically revamped in all but the opening line).

The collection winds down with a couple of acoustic tracks. "Amigo" is a touching tribute to the late Ricardo Camacho, one of August's early "best friends" at Emerson. (The two met when August heard Camacho, a native of Colombia, boisterously singing and playing Spanish guitar from atop the Fensgate stairwell, his clear voice resonating throughout the 11-story "cathedral.") The final number, "One Day We'll Know," is a bonus demo, recorded on a digital Akai 8-track in 2006.

"Over the Fens" is about as close as one can come to early '70s style pop music and production sensibilities, but with the benefit of 21st century technology (and minus the bell bottoms and the kitsch). Listener beware - these songs are ear-worms. They may be stuck in your head for quite some time. And that's a good thing.

"Over the Fens" was produced and recorded by Bob August and Fett at Azalea Studios in Nashville, TN, and Fluid Studios in Charlotte, NC. Engineered & Mastered by Fett at Azalea Studios, Nashville. Second Engineer: Clark Westfield

All vocals by Bob August

Acoustic Guitars: Bob August and Tim Thompson
Bass Guitar: Brian Pepo
Drums and Percussion: Chip Abernathy*
Electric Guitar: Tim Thompson**
Keyboards and Whistling: Bob August

* Drums and Percussion on "A Matter of Situation" by Ron Krasinski; Drums on "Charisse" by Dave Burch
** Electric Guitar on "Charisse" by Gary Talley

"Response Delay" on "You Hope It's Gonna Last" by Nancy Moran (Courtesy of Azalea Records)
Ricardo Camacho appears on "Amigo" courtesy of María Teresa Camacho

Front and Back Cover Concept & Design by Bob August
Front Cover Graphic Artwork & Design by Liz Bradley of "Liz Bradley Creations"

Special thanks to Janice Soled of

And to Tanja, Abby and Jakob August - the Fab Família!



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