Lanny Kaufer | The High Road

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The High Road

by Lanny Kaufer

Thoughtful, melodic, foot-tapping, original songs across folk, rock, blues and country genres featuring an all-star band and the legendary June Pointer on background vocals.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The High Road
4:32 $0.99
2. Pass It On
3:58 $0.99
3. Hard on My Heart
4:07 $0.99
4. 22nd Century
4:29 $0.99
5. Time to Believe
4:09 $0.99
6. It's Just Love
3:21 $0.99
7. I Wanna Live
4:00 $0.99
8. Harrisburg
4:39 $0.99
9. Natural Magic
3:28 $0.99
10. The Rolling Seas
3:15 $0.99
11. Almost over You
3:40 $0.99
12. Mr. Longshot
3:32 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Growing up on a steady diet of blues, folk, jazz, 60s rock and soul music, Lanny Kaufer found his songwriting roots as a volunteer for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s where he experienced the power of music to move people. A lifelong crusader and hopeless romantic, Lanny picked up a guitar and found an expression for his belief in "liberty and justice for all" and the innate goodness of humanity.

After years of writing and performing his original songs for many years, he finally recorded "The High Road" in 2004 under the guidance of L.A. music producer Cody LePow. With an ace rhythm section in tow and the legendary June Pointer (of the Pointer Sisters) on background vocals, Lanny was able to bring 12 of his best compositions to their full realization as complete musical paintings. Reflecting his affinity for a range of American styles, the album blends blues, bluegrass, rock, country and soul jazz genres as though they were all cut from the same cloth, woven together by insightful, thought-provoking lyrics.

Imagine a 12-course musical meal that continues to surprise you, plate after plate. You'll hear "The Rolling Seas," a tongue-in-cheek. sea shanty tribute to pirates that ends in a fierce battle between a fiddle and accordion. That track is followed by a Stones-esque rocker, "Almost Over You." Next up is "Mr. Longshot," a straight-ahead 12-bar blues shuffle with horns, Hammond B-3 organ,stinging guitar, and some nasty Chicago-style blues harmonica. The title track, "The High Road," came to Lanny one day when he hiked miles to town on a mountain dirt road overlooking the highway. To enhance the "save the Earth" message of the song, he asked some of his Native American friends to bring a powwow drum into the studio where their drumming and chanting merged seamlessly with guitars, fiddle, and dobro.

The highlight of the recording sessions came when engineer David Williams of Melrose Music Studios brought in his friend June Pointer. She brought her exquisite voice and ample heart and soul to four tracks: "Pass It On," "22nd Century," "Time To Believe," and "Natural Magic." Sadly, this was to be June's last recording as she soon became ill and died of cancer about a year later.

Thanks to friendships built over a lifetime and help from his brother and executive producer Michael Kaufer, Lanny was able to create something that few have accomplished without a major label behind them, a full album of unparalleled musicianship and production values filled with inspiring, audience-tested songs.

PRODUCED by Cody LePow

Lanny Kaufer: vocals, harmonica (“Harrisburg”)
Bill Flores: acoustic and electric guitars, dobro, lap steel guitar, pedal steel guitar, mandolin, tenor saxophone, accordion
Jimmy Calire: keyboards, tenor and baritone saxophones
Jack Joshua: acoustic and electric bass
Bob Nichols: drums
Cody LePow: slide guitar, harmonica, percussion, Native American flute ("The High Road")
Mark Parson: fiddle, flute
Burton Lang: congas, bongos, percussion
Bob Gothart: electric guitar (“Pass It On," “Almost Over You”)
Michael DeTemple: electric guitar (“22nd Century”)
June Pointer: background vocals ("Natural Magic," "Pass It On," "Time To Believe," "22nd Century"
Jonathan Clarke: background vocals
Mike Baker: background vocals (“The High Road”)
L. Wahpepah: background vocals (“The High Road”)
Wolf Wahpepah, L. Wahpepah, Sam McCoy, Lanny Kaufer: powwow drum

All songs ©2006 Lanny Kaufer (except "Hard On My Heart" ©2007 Lanny Kaufer & Cody LePow)
Arrangements: Cody LePow
Horn arrangements: Jimmy Calire
Recorded at Sound Asylum, Canoga Park, CA
Engineers: David Williams, Steve Werbelow
Mixed by Cody LePow & David Williams
Mastered by David Williams of Melrose Mastering
Executive producers: Lanny & Michael Kaufer

Cover art: "The Three Boys and the Mountain" by Ikoshy

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“This CD is as good as I could possibly imagine: lyrics, music, production, everything. Whatever you spent on it, sounds like you spent even more.” Akiva W.

“I loved hearing some of your songs that I have heard in the past like “Mr. Longshot.” That's a great song, Lanny!” Eddie G.

“I had to write you and tell you how much I LOVED your album! It was so positively high!!!” Sharon L.

“Thank you for the beautiful, intelligent and thoroughly enjoyable music.” Moses M.

“Just wanted to let you know I listened to your CD and found your music quite beautiful and inspiring. Way to go!” Joan M.

“We loved your album release performance, Lanny. Everyone was abuzz with enjoyment and praise.” Julia P.

“I LOVE LOVE your new CD, “The High Road.” It totally wakes me up and gets the juices flowing! Great inspiring social/environmental consciousness lyrics!” Suza F.



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