Bruce Enloe | Unseasonably Cool

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Unseasonably Cool

by Bruce Enloe

'Texafornianadian Roots'; lyric-driven, original, genre-hopping songs influenced by the Beatles, Byrds, Simon and Garfunkel, Wilco and The Flaming Lips...
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. Chance to Explain
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2. Late Fight
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3. Train Song
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4. Me and Nicole
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5. God Particle
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6. Beth's Song
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7. Don't Burn Your Bible
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8. Pretty Good Person
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9. Sober
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10. Peter Murphy
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11. Driving Back
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I write songs. I'm a Dad, a Husband, a trained chef... I've published a cookbook and written a memoir... I've cooked for movie stars, rock stars, the families of presidents and I've shaken hands with Dr. Dre... I drove a truck that ran on vegetable oil across the U.S.... I BBQ, I own, operate, book and promote a popular music venue, I've lived and worked in Texas, California, briefly in France and Italy and now, not so briefly, in Ontario. I've traveled all over... I've been featured on The Food Network and I've survived sobriety and not so sobriety and business ownership and a housefire and two divorces and one not so divorced and a child's autism diagnosis, and a life in music, and a life in food. I have stories, and, well, I write songs. The Burning Sensations are the band that makes them sound good.

The Burning Sensations:
Bruce Enloe: Lead vocal, rhythm guitar
Ben Mullin: Lead guitars, backup vocals, moog, midi
Brad Turcotte: Bass
Mark Ettinger: Drums
Doug Hendry: Backup vocals
Tom Graham: Piano
Shawn Brown: Pedal Steel
Shawn Yakimovich: Fiddle, mandolin, trumpet
Steve Gaw: Bass on ‘Don’t Burn Your Bible’
Matty McKechnie: additional backup vocals

All songs written by Bruce Enloe; Produced and engineered by Ben Mullin and Brad Turcotte; recorded at the Tractor Records studio & Ben Mullin’s basement, mixed and mastered by Brad Sucks.

Band Photo: Mike + Ness Photography, 2015; Cover Photo, Anne Lyon, 2013; Cover art, Cat's Ass Design, 2015

Special thanks to Nicole and Abigail, you are the ‘why’, I love you both more than I can possibly explain. To my Family & Friends, the band and their families and friends, especially Ben Mullin, your patience, immense skill and talent made this possible. Also to the staff and customers at the Branch, the towns of Kemptville, Bryan, Austin, Breckenridge and San Francisco; thanks for the stories… And, of course, to Kevin Allen and Brandon Crowe, my first two musical brothers, I think of you both every time I pick up a guitar.

This album is dedicated to the loving memory of Edgar LeBlanc.

The question was, ‘How much of this is you?’

43 years of writing and two years of part time studio effort has finally hit the home stretch for this 'Unseasonably Cool' new batch of tunes... This is my second album, and much like the first (Bonfire, 2012), it features a new batch of original, lyric driven songs written over the course of a well traveled life; and it continues to explore my favourite themes of life, love, hope and even loss... But right about there is where the similarity starts to shift...

The recording of the first album was a great moment for me-- I reached out and asked for help and got it--a core band was formed that centered around the production efforts of my good friends (and wildly talented in their own right) Ben Mullin and Brad Turcotte... Others came as well-- many folks that I met through the restaurant and music venue that I own, book music for, am the chef of, and run with my wife and partner, Nicole LeBlanc (The Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill). I invited lots of people to help, to be honest, many more than I thought would have any desire to stick around and see it through. But to my surprise, not only did almost everyone I asked say yes and help record the album, they also all decided to stick around and I ended up with a line-up that included a regular crew of 8 (?!) players. That group, mostly intact, has continued to back me up several times a year ever since. It has become one of the greatest honours of my life to work with this incredible team, a group that, for some silly reason, we named The Burning Sensations.

Although I am still amazed at the ambition it took to accomplish the recording of that first album, the truth is that after we continued to play together (and get better at playing together...), the experience also left us all wondering... "What if?" What if this band--all these talented players and studio wizards actually had the time and space to stretch out? To explore? To bring their full talents to bear on a new batch of tunes? This new album, Unseasonably Cool, attempts to do exactly that. Our goal was to create a fully realized studio effort, paying tribute (not comparing, mind you, just a tribute...) to my studio heroes from Brian Wilson and George Martin, to Dave Fridmann, Robert Schneider and Jim O'Rourke-- We set out to honour the genre of the classic studio album, and, (ironically?) in the process, we stepped out of the conventions of genre altogether-- Our experiments ending up taking my songs as a guide and using them to test the waters of everything from power pop, acid rock, old time, blues driven soul, to indie rock, cosmic country, folk rock and even a tip of the hat to new wave pop... The product of these efforts is a very different sounding album from the first on the surface-- Shiny new sounds, louder and harder rock than Bonfire in several places, and then quieter and softer in others-- And yes, in the process, Stones were Rolled, Beatles were Byrded, Simons were Garfunkeled and Neutral Milk Hotels were Wilco-ed... and we had fun, and we worked, and we played... and the final judgement? Does it work? Well, for that, I will have to let you decide for yourself... :)

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