This is the remastered version of the 1982 album "Songsmyth" by Tom Farley. Originally engineered by Steve Peppos and Jim Mikles at Live Oak Sound...and mixed in Nashville at Quadraphonic Sound by Willie Pevear, it is Tom's first recorded album offering. A collection of all original songs, it has memorable musical and vocal performances by Tom Farley, Tania Farley, Denny Smith, Steve Ihlenburg, Tom Lavin, Donnie Satterwhite, Cam Head, Steve Gallagher, Todd Gallagher, Jim Cummins, Greg Ferris, and Mike Gosey.
Live "Bonus Tracks" are from The High Energy Acoustics Band "First Take" Album
Tom Farley: Acoustic Guitar; Electric Rhythm Guitar; Lead and Background Vocals; Piano
Tania Farley: Background Vocals; Piano (I Find Myself Wanting You)
Tom Lavin: Bass
Steve Ihlenburg: Drums and Percussion
Denny Smith: Background Vocals; Vocal Arrangements
Steve Gallagher: Strings; Flute
Todd Gallagher: Electric Lead and Rhythm (Snowdance, Sixty-nine Pimpmobile)
Greg Ferris: Electric Lead Guitar (Snowdance)
Cam Head: Electric Lead Guitar (Sixty-nine Pimpmobile; Jody Lee Carroll)
Mike Gosey: Acoustic Lead (Mangy Dog Blues)
Donnie Satterwhite: Moog; Piano; (Sixty-nine Pimpmobile) Pedal Steel Guitar; Banjo
Jim Cummins: Harmonica
Songsmyth Liner Notes
Just a bit of background….
The Songsmyth album was my first attempt at a major studio recording. When I produced it, my thoughts were to bring together some of the most endearing musical friends I had known over the years....and to let the magic happen. The end result was a labor of fun and sheer joy.
At my side on keyboards and vocals, as in every musical group I was connected to, was Tania Farley…..the one who believed in me the most. My brother-in-law, Steve Ihlenburg, who would later bring his energy and humor to The Tom Farley-Cam Head Band, was our drummer. Steve and Todd Gallagher, whom I had developed a rich writing and recording tradition, accompanied me on lead guitar, keyboards, and flute. Donnie Satterwhite, known for his membership in Thunder Road, The Illeagles, and duo with Jim Cootes, has been a part of every major studio situation in my career. From my earlier days of Cimarron was Tom Lavin, a excellent bassist steeped in the Southern Rock tradition. Denny Smith of the Blacksburg-based band Happy was the fellow background vocalist, responsible for all of the background vocal arrangements. Just back from the road was Cam Head, whose collaboration in both duo and band I would cherish for nearly a decade. Rounding off the list would be Jim Cummins on harmonica, Greg Ferris on guitar, and Mike Gosey on acoustic lead.
The final mixing and mastering were done in Nashville. I chose Quadrafonic Studios because I was a real Fogelberg freak at the time, and, I wanted to be surrounded by the people and equipment he worked with on his earlier albums. To have the chance to experience the atmosphere and spirit of Nashville was a real education. Thanks to Tania, our families, our friends (especially Beetle Bailey, Laura Kesser, Debbie Hazelwood, Sharon Kelley, Charlie Scott, Pat and Beau Ludwig, Lloyd Stone and Kristin Phillips), and the many fans and supporters, I had the rare chance to have a dream come true. Little did I know that it would open other doors that would continue to enrich my life in ways that I could never have imagined.