"First-class outing" – Jim Byrnes
  • RELEASE DATE /August 1st 2017
  • CATALOG NUMBER /840094303508
  • LABEL /Raincoast Records
  • FORMAT /Digital/CD

All songs, music & lyrics by Bruce Coughlan (SOCAN/SESAC) except Step into My Kitchen (Coughlan/Daniel/Whittaker) and Peace, Love & Understanding (Nick Lowe)

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.

Produced by Joby Baker
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Joby Baker at Baker Studios, Victoria, BC Additional direction & recording by Simon Kendall at Hammond St Studio, Vancouver, BC

Photography and design by Fred Armstrong
Warm thanks to all my extraordinary friends & family who continue to prop me up, help me along and keep me going. Thank-you to all the artists who lent their prodigious talents to this recording. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported the Waiting for Rain Indiegogo initiative, and to Brigitte Bach Seib & Friends for hosting a fundraising concert. Thank-you all for making this dream project possible. – Bruce Coughlan

P&C Bruce Coughlan Music / Raincoast Records 2017 All rights reserved. All songs registered / Warning: Unauthorized reproduction if this recording is prohibited by Federal law and subject to prosecution / Raincoast Records / www.songsmith.ca / Made in Canada

Waiting for Rain draws on a lifetime of experience. It is retrospective, nostalgic and Bluesy in nature, while highlighting my ability as songsmith, vocalist and classical (nylon string) guitarist.

Step Into My Kitchen

This co-write was the result of a visit to Hog Heaven, a BBQ joint in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. A friend and fellow songsmith 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 Coughlanlead vocals & classical guitar
Simon KendallWurlitzer, Hammond, Clavinet/Pianet, Steinway & thumbtack piano
Joby Bakerkit, congas & shaker
Rob Beckerupright bass (except Back of My Mind – Laurence Knightupright bass)
Paul PigatGretsch guitar on Take Me Back to Memphis and Yesterday’s News
The Sojourners (Marcus MosleyWill 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