David Booth and The Good Years
David Booth and The Good Years
There followed three EPs, a live album (recorded at the incredible High Barn venue) and in 2007 a bone-fide studio album “Sketch”, produced and played-on by Nigel Stonier (Thea Gilmore, Fairport Convention, Mike Scott & The Waterboys...) and part-funded by the UK Arts Council. But still the ambition grew, especially when Liz Townsend brought the long-craved third part harmony, flowing classically-trained piano and then later, with some rather unsubtle encouragement, synth noises and Dmitri the cello joined in... ‘The Floe‘ was essentially AloneMe but slicker, bigger-sounding, shoes polished and Grammy-winning engineer-mixed (Simon Gogerly). The album “No Looking Back” took them into uncharted territory in many ways. National radio, TV and press coverage, good reviews, Caffe Nero made them one of their Artists of the Month… but in early 2010, the emotional rollercoaster of the *game* you have to play to get on in this industry got the better of David: "I’d fallen out of love with playing, writing, recording, music. So, I left the band and just stopped." ...but not for long! For a few years on and off, David had been playing some percussion "for a bit of fun" with the splendid acoustic collective Songs from The Blue House.
"They write fantastic songs, they don’t take themselves too seriously and once they’d heard about me leaving The Floe I received a very swift invitation to get back on the Blue House bus. It was the right thing at the right time. Plans to give up music and sell all my gear were withdrawn and my love of music began to grow again." Although working ‘full time’ as a recording engineer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, the solo-artist was always there… "...hiding, tap-tap-tapping away at the inside of my skull saying “is it time yet Dave?”. Finally, in Spring 2012, after nearly a year and a half of sporadic activity and much procrastination a new David Booth release arrived - a six-track mini-album, named after the lead track “Find Our Way Back Home”.
"So, with this thing I’ve sung them, played the rhythm guitars, drums, some keys, even bass on one song and engineered the whole thing from start to final masters and released it independently. Andy Trill, my right-hand man since I returned to the ‘solo’ thing has played lots of very tasty bass and guitars. I’ve also been very fortunate to have some incredible guest-appearances including a massive contribution to five of the songs from Nigel Stonier, the violin of the hyper-talent that is Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast, Faustus) and a fab, earthy backing vocal from lovely Canadian folk singer Cara Luft." The final piece of the jigsaw was to invite Songs from the Blue House main-man James Partridge into the fold for the live band and The Good Years were born. A trio, acoustic for now but with larger and more electric ambition for the future...
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