Stan Wells | High Tide

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High Tide

by Stan Wells

A true testament to his songwriting, Stan was joined by these world-class musicians on his debut album — Ted Anderson, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Nina Gerber, David “Dawg” Grisman, David LaFlamme, Jeff Martin, Betty Perkins, Michael Perkins, and Riggy Rackin.
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1. High Tide
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2. Fantasy Junction (feat. David LaFlamme)
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3. Hello (feat. David Grisman)
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4. Sit Beside Me (feat. David LaFlamme)
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5. The Answer (feat. Nina Gerber)
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6. Like a River (feat. Nina Gerber)
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7. River's Got to Flow (feat. David Grisman)
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8. I Just Want to Tell You (feat. Well Perked)
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9. Good Bye (feat. Nina Gerber)
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10. Day (feat. Well Perked)
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11. My E-Babe (feat. David LaFlamme)
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12. Here We Go Again (feat. Ramblin' Jack Elliott & Dawg)
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13. Sunshine's Warmth
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14. Cloudburst Suite (feat. Nina Gerber)
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15. Two Rivers (feat. Ted Anderson)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Born in San Francisco and having grown up in a musical family, Stan Wells has been writing heartfelt songs most of his life. The High Tide CD spans Stan’s entire songwriting life from the very earliest songs, such as “Two Rivers”, to one of his most recent songs “My eBabe” which is a spoof of modern online dating. “My e-baby just treats me like spam.” A true testament to his songwriting, Stan was joined by several famous world-class musicians on his debut album.

High Tide ebbs and flows as life events present their ups and downs. Each song is unique in sound, structure and instrumentation. “Fantasy Junction” takes a young man on a train ride where he finds his love only to get off the train and watch her roll away into the darkness of early morning. “Yeah I know I’m a dreamer, already I’m feeling the pain”. The mournful violin of David LaFlamme (It’s a Beautiful Day, “White Bird”) wails in a string arrangement masterfully arranged by producer and engineer Jeff Martin.

On other tracks, Stan is joined by guitar legend Nina Gerber playing none other than Kate Wolf’s guitar. Stan’s epic masterpiece “Cloudburst Suite” explodes into life with Nina’s amazing playing. Nina Gerber then returned to record three more tracks for the album.

Stan describes his session at Studio E playing with world renowned mandolin player David Grisman and folk icon Ramblin’ Jack Elliott as an absolute peak life experience. “When David Grisman invited our recording engineer to join us on standup bass at first he hesitated. He then went into the control room, set the levels, pushed the record button, came out and joined us on “Here We Go Again”. It was the first time Jack and Dawg have ever recorded together.

Woven throughout the album is the haunting sound of Ted Anderson’s low whistle. On “Two Rivers” Ted plays the Uilleann pipes and the journey comes to an end.

There was always music in Stan’s house. His sister Betty gave him his first guitar when he was 16. Betty sings harmony with Stan, and her husband, Michael, backs them with his masterful ukulele performance. Stan, Betty, Michael and Ted play in a band they call Well Perked.

Engineers Jeff Martin and Jason Andrews at Studio E did an outstanding job with the recording, mixing and mastering. The audio quality is just amazing.

Tracks and musicians:

High Tide
Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal/guitar; Michael Perkins: vocal/ukulele/bass ukulele; Ted Anderson: vocal/low whistle.

Fantasy Junction
Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal; Michael Perkins: bass ukulele; Jeff Martin: cellos; David La Flamme: violins.

Hello
Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal; Michael Perkins: bass ukulele; Ted Anderson: low whistle; Riggy Rackin: concertina; David Grisman: mandolin.

Sit Beside Me
Stan Wells: vocal/12 string guitar; David La Flamme: viola.

The Answer
Stan Wells: vocal/baritone 8 string guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal; Michael Perkins: bass ukulele; Nina Gerber: guitar.

Like A River
Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal; Michael Perkins: bass ukulele; Ted Anderson: low whistle; Nina Gerber: guitar.

River’s Got To Flow
Stan Wells: vocal/12 string guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal/guitar; Michael Perkins: vocal/ukulele; Ted Anderson: vocal/low whistle; Jeff Martin: acoustic bass; David Grisman: mandolin.

I Just Want To Tell You
Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal; Michael Perkins: ukulele.

Good Bye
Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal; Jeff Martin: acoustic bass;
Ted Anderson: low whistle; Nina Gerber: guitar.

Day
Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal; Michael Perkins: ukulele.

My eBabe
Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal; Michael Perkins: bass ukulele; Ted Anderson: low whistle; David La Flamme: violin.

Here We Go Again
Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Ramblin’ Jack Elliott: vocal/guitar; Jeff Martin: acoustic bass, David Grisman: mandolin.

Sunshine’s Warmth
Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal; Michael Perkins: vocal/ukulele; Ted Anderson: low whistle; Jeff Martin: electric bass.

Cloudburst Suite
Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal/guitar; Jeff Martin: acoustic bass; Ted Anderson: low whistle; Nina Gerber: guitar.

Two Rivers
Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal; Michael Perkins: ukulele; Ted Anderson: low whistle/Uilleann pipes; Jeff Martin: electric bass.

The CD comes with a beautiful 16 page booklet with lyrics for all the songs.



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