Brian Pepper's debut LP on Ten O Nine Records, Lost Days, contains all original songs synthesizing Brian's diverse musical influences with tracks ranging from the rollicking Sunset Rainbow and Luckiest Dog, to the plaintive Sweetheart Come See Me and It's Been So Long, to the poppy Lost Days. Recorded at the legendary Delmark Records' Riverside Studios in Chicago, IL, America's oldest independent jazz and blues label, and home of such luminaries as Junior Wells, Magic Sam, and Jimmy Dawkins. Players include Jon Hiller (Chuck Berry, Big Shoulders, Tad Robinson, Eddie Clearwater) on drums, Steve Dvorak (The Abbeys) on guitar, Mike Keefe (Wicked) on keyboards, Gary Krolak (Sunnyland Slim, Kat Eggleston, Otters, Big Shoulders) on bass, and Braden Land on bass and lap steel.
Brian Pepper's "Lost Days" named in Best Independent Americana Releases of 2008 by Americana Homeplace Radio.
"Brian pens tunes straight from the heart, recalling some of Bruce's more reflective motivational ballad moments. All tunes here are originals, which argues further for artistic regard. Brian's vocals are both poignant and ground-level expressive. And when the sweeping guitars, declarative keys and decisive rhythms are joined by violin and cello, "singer/songwriter" -- though eminently apt -- fails to convey the sheer force".
Produced by Jon Hiller.
Recorded and mixed at Delmark Records’ River Studios, Chicago IL.
Engineer: Steve Wagner, Eric Butkus and Dave Katzman.
Mastering: John Trevathon, Art of the Groove, Nashville
Brian Pepper: Vocals And Guitar
Steve Dvorak: Guitar
Gary Krolak: Bass Guitar
Jon Hiller: Drums And Percussion
Michael Keefe: Keyboards, Accordion
Braden Land: Backing Vocals, Lap Steel, Bass Guitar On Tracks 2 & 11
Jeanie Chung: Violin
Colin Clark: Cello
Thanks to all who played a part, large or small, in making this possible:
The Hiller Family, Dan Saichek, Steve Dvorak, Braden Land, Michael Keefe, Gary Krolak, Steve Wagner, Eric Butkus, Dave Katzman, Jel Tyson, Bob Koester, Delmark Records, Casey Howard, Justin Schipper, Dave Coleman, Stephanie Marie Pepper, Pat and Sharman Pepper, Joan Sewell, Larry and Joy Gooding, Kevin Ball, Ron Kimbro, Ruben Van Pelt, Bradley Collins, Greg Partain, Larry Barnes, John Hedger.
Special Thanks to Steph, Jack, and Paul. Thank you God, you made it all possible.
Design: DiBello Design
Front / Back Photo: Photography: Larry Gooding
Inside Inset Photo: Sharman Pepper