It's funny, but the humor comes from the characters' vulnerability. To me, the show is about frustration, disappointment and unattainable aspirations. A friend challenged me to write a record about that side of WKRP, and I couldn't resist." Dodson is fully aware of the smirk factor surrounding his songwriting approach for Old Empire’s debut, but he hopes listeners don’t miss the bittersweet reverie at the heart of the record. Queen City may be a nickname for Cincinnati, but Dodson’s images of corners bars, rusting factories, and breezy downtowns describe the emotional landscapes of countless cities across the American Midwest. Dodson recorded Queen City Quandaries with a supporting cast of friends and former bandmates at Detroit’s Tempermill studios with producer and Gangplank-founder David Feeny.
Since wrapping-up recording, the band’s line-up has coalesced around Dodson, sister and co-vocalist Alexis Dodson, guitarist Dan Clark, the rhythm section of bassist Tom James and drummer Danny Kanka, and back-up vocalist Chela Weber. Even though Dodson says he’s sometimes surprised that Queen City Quandaries even got made, he’s anxious to see his songs live out in the world. Says Dodson, “I've always wanted to make a good record, and with the help of some great collaborators, I think that's what I've done. Now I hope we get to make another one.” - Thomas Trimble Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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