Solo Piano Vol. 1

Last year, due to the gen­eros­i­ty of Alis­tair and Helen Hyatt I was able to spend two hours record­ing my first solo piano album in superb Echo Moun­tain Record­ing Stu­dios. With such lim­it­ed time, I sat down and played for about an hour straight and record­ed almost all of these songs in a sin­gle take. The sec­ond hour I spent with engi­neer Josh Blake doing mix­ing and mas­ter­ing, and was able to come up with 12 tracks out of the ses­sion that I want­ed to release. Since it’s been almost a year, I’ve been think­ing about my next solo album, which I may be able to record at home. I’m also con­sid­er­ing putting out an album where every track has a dif­fer­ent singer, or small com­bo with it, a “Fletch­er & Friends” sort of con­cept.

Take a lis­ten, and if you dig it, order a CD or spend some mon­ey on the digi­tial down­load. Below is the entire album embed­ded here, or you can find my record­ings at

Here are the lin­er notes:

Dear Lis­ten­er,

Thank you for buy­ing my CD. Your sup­port means that I get to con­tin­ue my work as a stride piano play­er and keep the tra­di­tion alive and vital for the next gen­er­a­tion. My approach to this record­ing was to show you on a CD what I do at my numer­ous solo per­for­mances in Asheville and beyond, but with a more relaxed and thought­ful sen­si­bil­i­ty at the piano. I sound the way I do thanks to my men­tor Reese Gray and my teacher Pam McNeil, as well as the excel­lent edu­ca­tion I got on the job with my first band, Fire­crack­er Jazz Band. Come out and see a live show some­time and make sure to intro­duce your self.

Cheers to you!

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