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Several photos taken by John Statz around Budapest are included as a bonus, as well as a couple of pictures from the recording sessions.
In the early months of 2009, singer-songwriter John Statz embarked on his first European tour, playing shows in five European cities, including Budapest, Hungary. He was fortunate there to meet Adam Szabo, a local producer (Budabeat Studios), and during the few days in town they recorded some new songs, hoping to use them on a future album release. In November of that year, tracking started back in Wisconsin for Ghost Towns, John's first full-band album. Though that project was already underway, another recording session was undertaken at Budabeat with Adam, from which two tracks made it on to Ghost Towns: “Julija” and “Night Train to Sarajevo”. After that album's release, there remained six unreleased tracks from the “Budapest Sessions”, comprised of two new songs, unheard on any other recordings, and four alternate, acoustic versions of released tracks.
Though the recordings are sparse in production, a couple of them feature some local Hungarian musicians on electric guitar and percussion, and even a child's harmonies on one tune. Budapest is an amazingly resilient and beautiful city, having been utterly destroyed in World War II, yet rebuilt, lovely on the banks of the Danube, and fascinating in its differences to most other places in Europe. Those influences were constantly internalized during the two visits, and projected outwardly during The Budapest Sessions.
released 10 January 2011
John Statz: vocals, guitar
Tibor Meszaros: electric guitar
Sari Meszaros: vocals
Gabor Gorgenyi: percussion
Recorded, mixed, & mastered by Adam Szabo at Budabeat Studios in Budapest, Hungary - Feb. 2009 & Jan. 2010
Cover art by Heidi Keyes (www.heidikeyesart.com
All songs written by John Statz © (BMI)
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