"1973 stands out in my mind as the year I first truly became intimately aware of music. Those amazing songs! those incredible sounds! That undeniable expression of spirit! It was a time in my life when the magic of vinyl transported me to an expansive new world of exciting possibilities.


With Waiting for Rain, I set out to recreate (in my own fashion) all the things that excited & inspired me at the age of twelve" - Bruce Coughlan (2017) 

 

WAITING FOR RAIN – sample tracks: From the audio player (to your right)

 

STEP INTO MY KITCHEN: This co-write was the result of a visit to Hog Heaven, a BBQ joint in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. Josh Daniel and his pal Lefty had driven 2 ½ hrs over from Charlotte for the express purpose of writing a song. We found inspiration in the hospitality we encountered at Hog Heaven.

 

Sometimes life just hands you nuggets. Josh also recorded this song on his 2016 CD Beat Up Radio. Josh & I had written  the song Beat Up Radio (his title track) the previous day. There’s no telling what might come of our next encounter.

 

WAITING FOR RAIN: The title track for this musical collection is a classic R&B jam featuring Gospel Music soulsters The Sojourners on support vocals.

 

In writing the lyrics for Waiting for Rain, I used the word rain as a metaphor for all things nurturing. Whether spiritually, inspirationally or interactionally, we all experience droughts in our lives now and again. I wanted to express those feelings of detachment, isolation & loneliness with a glimmer of hope & optimism.

 

YESTERDAY'S NEWS: I wrote this song when I was 14 years old and I recorded a demo of it at my very first recording session (the following year). It seemed a bit pretentious to be singing the Blues at such a tender age, so I shelved the song…..for 41 years!

 

This version features Paul Pigat on the guitar solo. He completely nails it! If you like smokey old Jazz tunes, you’ll probably like this.

 

Produced by Joby Baker

 

Bruce Coughlan: lead vocals & classical guitar
Simon Kendall: Wurlitzer, Hammond, Clavinet/Pianet, Steinway & thumbtack piano
Joby Baker: kit, congas & shaker
Rob Becker: upright bass (except Back of My Mind - Laurence Knight: upright bass)

Paul Pigat: Gretsch guitar on Take Me Back to Memphis and Yesterday’s News
The Sojourners (Marcus Mosley, Will Sanders & Khari McClelland): support vocals on Lean Times, Waiting for Rain and Peace, Love & Understanding


Recorded, mixed & mastered by Joby Baker at Baker Studios, Victoria, BC


Additional direction & recording by Simon Kendall at Hammond St Studio


Photography and design by Fred Armstrong