Lower, Permission was originally meant to be written about the true nature of manhood and womanhood, our nation, and real love. Over the course of a year and a half, with much of the still yet untitled project ending up on the cutting room floor, these six songs remained. True to form, this turned out to be more so about the internal talks and yearnings of my personal struggle with these issues reflected in the outside world; a picture surrounding this season of life, with its shifting perspectives and fluid sense of time. I had to let much of the process of writing come as stream of consciousness, writing down pages of raw material along with a phrase here and there in between pouring cappuccinos and sweeping floors. With most of the songs at one point or another in a different musical incarnation completely, this album is full of themes and verses that didn’t make sense at all until I sat with them a while and let them grow into themselves. It wasn’t until months after I wrote the last song that the title of this collection found its place and the heart behind the album began to show itself in glances. Each song seems to exemplify the all powerful dichotomy of truth and struggle, especially when those two intersect, which happens to be pretty often whether you’re intentional about it or not. More than anything, I hope this will serve as a reminder that we all have the freedom to continue to grow, to cultivate, and to remain present where change is needed most, especially when hope is distant, when time disappears, and when we don’t feel the joy that’s needed to go on. I want all of this to say that we have so much potential as human beings to love one another and to actualize the conversation between our shores and our oceans. Thank you for listening and yes, please take this as personally as you possibly can.
released November 3, 2017
Thanks to my beautiful wife Katie and our doge Rosie; Chris Hickman for being my dear creative companion and confidant; Jared Garner for being a solid friend, my guitar tech, temp drummer, guitar t o n e wizard, and spiritual brother; Grant Thomas for making everything he touches ten times cooler than it was and for directly improving my music taste; Phil Lofton for being the cherry pie to my damn fine cup of coffee and for being my best friend; the amazingly sweet wives of the aforementioned gentlemen: Jen Hickman, Jenny Garner, Beth Ann Thomas, and Heidi Lofton; Moon Baby; Jarrod Bright for friendship and playing drums loud and good; Nathan Partain for being a phenomenal mentor, facilitator, encourager, and listener; Redeemer Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis for being beautiful and inspiring; Jeff Nottingham for helping me process so much and encouraging the exploration of the subject matter for many of these songs; Jackson Sutherland for a being patient, sweet bass player and friend for all those shows as well as for following your dreams to be a chef because that’s really brave and inspiring; Adam McCormick for night time beer conversations; Peter and Dixie Gaultney; my parents Jeff & Joy, my brother Phillip, and my sister Erin; The Landrys and Hernandai for everything; the illustriously talented and encouraging Alicia Zanoni and the Curry House girls; all the kind words and conversations with the fellow artists in the Indianapolis art and music community, and YOU, for whose love, tenderness, strength, passion, hospitality, patience, and friendship have made this pursuit possible. Thank you for picking up this album and listening.
This album was produced by Brandon Wadley, Chris Hickman, and Jared Garner. Chris also engineered, edited, and mixed the album. It was mastered by Kris Fricks at Uptown Sound Productions in Indianapolis, IN.
“Lower, Permission” was recorded over the course of four days in Summer 2017: at Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s sanctuary in Indianapolis, IN on July 16, Jared and Jenny’s house in Louisville, KY on August 5-6, and at The Quonset Hut at Belmont’s Bradley Studios in Nashville, TN on August 26.
Brandon Wadley played guitar and sang all the songs as well as played bass guitar on tracks 1, 3, 5, & 6.
Jarrod Bright played drums on all the songs.
Jared Garner played second guitar on tracks 1, 2, 4 & 6 as well as bass guitar on tracks 2 & 4.
Phil Lofton played hand percussion nearly completely clothed on tracks 1, 2, 4, & 6.
The beautiful painting on the album cover was created by Alicia Zanoni.
Art direction and lyric sheet photo by Grant Thomas.
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