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Talking Drum

by The Jeff Mertick Band

Experience the captivating vibes of Roots Reggae, combined with the swampy, funky, soul of New Orleans Blues, in this uplifting, experimental album by an experienced songwriter.
Genre: Reggae: Roots Reggae
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Talking Drum
4:41 $0.99
2. Consolation Song
3:54 $0.99
3. Naturally
5:49 $0.99
4. Greetings
4:21 $0.99
5. Skies of Blue
3:45 $0.99
6. Ignorance Is Bliss
4:41 $0.99
7. My Waking Moments
5:43 $0.99
8. As Far as I Can See
3:42 $0.99
9. Flee the Great City
4:43 $0.99
10. Jah's Control
4:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
“You'll only know the way to go if it's hard and dark; cramped and narrow. Ain't no road but one.” – from the song “Cramped & Narrow” by Jeff Mertick
Talking Drum is a lively 10 song album. It’s also the second of the 3 albums I am releasing this year. It’s an exploration of several genres of music; most notably, Roots Reggae. I have always loved interplay and syncopation, so reggae has always interested me. It’s very laid back and steady. The fullness of its sound is achieved by the intricate interweaving of very simple rhythms and basic riffs. I love how it all intertwines to create drifting, hypnotic, vibes and deceivingly simple, but complicated sounding vamps.
I set a goal a while back to write 100 of the best songs I had ever written. These 10 songs were painstakingly narrowed down and placed together as the most uplifting ones out of the 100 songs. I feel strongly that music can represent and talk about many different things, but at its best should always be uplifting. With that in mind, I bring you Talking Drum
The people involved in this project are integral to the complete experience.
Patrick Andrews brought a spontaneous reflex to the bass guitar. I find bass guitar in reggae very definitive. Where the notes end, are as important as where the notes are placed. Pat understands this, and you can hear it in his playing.
Pito played percussion on some of the album. He is the type of musician that I could literally throw anything at, and he will make it pace with intensity, but also knows instinctively where the flourishes are.
Dan Flagel listens to, and plays a wide variety of music, so he knows how to interpret `bubble` organ the way that reggae demands, but also can play Latin, and New Orleans style piano as well. I was excited to get him to utilize all of those abilities on this project.
Khanida Taylor brought so much with her ideas, talent, and instinct that it was a great joy to work with her as well. She is a great vocal talent and a thoughtful songwriter herself.
Tammy Sawyer has a presence and tone that cannot be denied, whether singing a solo or slipping into a harmony.
I’m really happy not only to release my songs to the world, but also have the privilege of showing off the talents and abilities of all that were involved over these 3 albums.
Thank you to Drums on Demand, for all of your tasteful loops and beats. You helped make these ideas and compositions come to life and have a real personality. Every musician should check out
A special thanks should go out to Colin Newfeld and Karl Valiaho for your awesome horn and flute playing. As well as charting some of the most entertaining horn lines I’ve heard.
Thank you Robert Mensah, Hansen and Enisa Zanacic, and everybody who brought their culture, language, and happy "hellos" to the song "Greetings". It brought the personality, and party-like atmosphere, the song needed.
We also have some great art work for this Album. This is truly a local product, as we had the great Regina artist and painter, Jason Robins do a painting for us. His depiction of the Talking Drum has become the visual companion to the music. Thank you Jason I love your work and am glad to have you on board for this. Also all the photographs for the album were taken by our own Khanida Taylor. Thanks again Khanida - Is there anything you can't do?
Special Thanks to Elisa, Abbey, Zoe, and Ronin. Your support has been integral.
Thank you Norm Price and everybody at The Original Bottle Cap Lure Company; as well as Westar Printing, Inner City Sound Studios, and Blue Door Studios.
Thank you to other local musicians who have inspired me; Mark Muehr, Fred Foerster, Christie-Anne Blondeau, Marie-Veronique (MV) Bourque, Judd Stachoski, Dan Silljer, Tom MacCallum, Colby Nargang, Jade Duckett, Stef Benac, Rock Legendre, Lisa Peters, Drew Bilboe, Gypsy Mobile, Richie Pollack, Bryce Wiles and all the guys from Pile Of Bones Brass Band, Troy Bleich, and Terraplane.
A special thank you to Jeff (RedBeard) Corbett, Amber Goodwyn, Kent Roberts, Barry Osborn and everybody at CJTR Regina Comunity Radio for your help and support of local artists.
Thank you to all of our families and friends as well for your patience and understanding. I hope you all feel as we do, that the results are worth the wait and sacrifices made.
Jeff Mertick



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