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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

10 Random Tidbits about Ashes and Fire

1. The album was produced by Glyn Johns. He is a famous world-renowned producer who helped to create some of the most iconic albums in the history of rock n roll. Some of the artists that he has worked with include The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, The Eagles, John Hiatt, and plenty more. Glyn also helped out with the string arrangements on Whiskeytown's final album - Pneumonia. He is also the father of Ethan Johns who produced many of Ryan's previous albums.

2. No computers were used during the making of Ashes and Fire. Everything was cut on analog/reel to reel tape, which helps give the songs a warmer overall sound.

3. Regarding the songs on this record, Ryan said this in a facebook post:

"I gave these songs the most consideration I have ever given and it is certainly the longest amount of time I've spent writing. It was made with total love."

4. Norah Jones sings backing vocals on the songs - "Come Home", "Save Me", and "Kindness". Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) also provides piano and keyboard duties on the album.

5. Pre-orders of the album through Pax-Am, will receive a flexi-disc bonus single of the song "Petal in a Rainstorm". This song (sometimes referred to as "Oh My Sweet Valentine") was a live staple of his early solo gigs and was recorded/almost included on the album - Heartbreaker.

6. iTunes is releasing 2 bonus tracks with the album. They are "Star Sign" and "Till I Found".

7. The original version of the first single - "Lucky Now", was titled "Chris" and was meant to be a tribute to late Cardinals bassist - Chris Feinstein, but was then rewritten.

8. Ashes and Fire was recorded at Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles.

9. According to facebook posts by Ryan, the Ashes and Fire sessions began on July 19, 2010.

10. If you stare really hard at the cover of Ashes and Fire, there appears to be a giant cloud in the shape of Ryan's face.

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