“A huge vibe injection” was how Rick Price described the feeling of releasing his and Jack Jones’ new album California Dreaming.
A collection of ‘60s and ‘70s covers, the duo recorded the album last year at Price’s home in Nashville, Tennessee.
Price, 56, reckons because the two are “in each other’s fan club” and have a genuine respect for each other’s talents, recording was easy.
“Sometimes studio environments can be a bit sterile,” Price said.
“Recording in a house has a casualness about it, makes you feel more relaxed.”
Jones agrees, having lived in New York for the past few years, Nashville made for a refreshing change.
“If you’re disciplined and can sign-off on stuff, it’s fantastic,” he said. “Rick’s fortunate with his house, it’s a great acoustic space.”
Released in September, California Dreaming reached No. 1 on the Australian albums chart.
The pair believe working as a duet makes the covers different enough to prevent having to make any major musical changes.
“Neither Rick or I like copy records,” Jones said. “You don’t want to drift too far off the reservation, you’ve got to show your respect and appreciation of the songs.
“Just by design, the way Rick and I have broken up the songs – usually verses on our own and choruses together – that already created a point of difference.
“As far as the actual arrangements go, we really kept the bare bones and the key musical elements to the songs.”
Back in the late ’90s, when the two first played shows together, they were individual musicians. And as Price put it, they played “tag-team” style shows.
Now, over 20 years later, they plan on using a similar structure for their upcoming Australian tour to help mix up the gigs. But they’ll play their new album from cover to cover before reverting to any individual music.
The last stop of their tour will be Newcastle Civic Theatre on Sunday, May 27.
“We’ve saved the best for last,” the pair say in synchronisation, that vibe injection bursting from their enthusiastic response.