Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year to all or our fans, friends, followers and haters. Nothin but love shall flow from our hearts, with an occassional cuss word thrown in for balance!
Barry Diament at SoundKeeper Recordings has completed his mastering, as well as doing the artwork/liner notes for The Derelict's 5th album The Twain Shall Meet, which is now complete and has been sent to the plant for pressing. We hope to have it in-hand, for sale by Mid January.
The titles of the songs we recorded are as follows:
Yankee- Written by Brian Murray/CAD
Lighthouse Keeper- Written By George K, Louie Demayo
Whispering Winds-Written By George K/Scotty Lauro
Waylon- Written by Scott Lauro
Speeding Train- Written by Sotiri Karlis/Scott Lauro
Pine Song-Written By Scott Lauro
New 1/2 Step- written by Scotty Lauro
Oh No-Written By Danny Pavas
Let Me In-Written By Danny Pavas
Woods & Water- Written By Danny Pavas
Some of these songs we have performed, others are just being born and raised. The album features all acoustic instruments- Dobro, fiddle, acoustic guitars, upright bass, mandolin, and banjo . Singing the songs will be Scotty Lauro, Danny Pavas and Ed Rainey.
After working with us in July on our new album of acoustic songs Barry at SoundKeeper Recordings wants to get behind the board and produce yet another platter for the Derelicts, which will be more of an electric rock/roots album. We have about 6-7 songs ready for that album, but we still need to write 3-4 more songs.
In other Derelict happenings, I have finally completed the final mix of our 6th album, which feature our good friend Terry Reid on vocals. I began production in 2017 and now by the good grace of God it is finally complete. I am really stoked to finally finish this labour of love. The album will contain 11 songs and will be titled, Highs & Lows. I am currently in negotiations with several labels both here in the US and in the UK, to market, package and release/distribute the album world wide. If all goes well and we seal the deal, the album should be released by summer 2022. With a small run of shows here in the tri-state area to promote the album with Terry, probably August or September.
I am also very close to completing Bergenfield Blues (11 songs), which I started writing simultaneously alongside the songs featured on the Terry/Derelicts album, (2017-2021). I just need to get the vocalists in to finish the vocals on three songs and Eddie and Joe Wilkinson need to finish up the guitars on a half dozen songs. Hope to have this album wrapped up and ready for public consumption by late summer of 2022. Bergenfield Blues will be album number seven for the Derelicts. The Derelicts have also tracked a bunch of new songs with original/co-founding Derelict Brian Murray for our 25th anniversary album to be released in 2023, titled Derelict Sightings. Obviously we may add a few songs or subtract a few as we begin to put these tunes together in the next year or so.
Track List for Derelict Sightings, release date in winter 2023
All songs written by Brian Murray and arranged by the Derelicts except where noted *
500 Year Flood-Brian & Scott on vocals
St. John's Avenue- Brian vocals
No Sense- Brian & Scott on vocals
My Girls- Brian vocals
Arise- Scotty on vocals- written by Murray/Kapitanelis
Where I Belong-Scotty on vocals
Wasted My Love * written by George K. Scotty on vocals
Sub Ganja Swing- Brian vocals
Ska-Opportunity- Brian Vocals
All backing Harmony vocals will be sung by Eddie Rainey, Dixie Lee Rainey, Danny Pavas, & Scott Lauro
Eddie and I have been working on an album of R&B songs and instrumentals which we have tentatively titled Contemporary Songs To Swing To Vol. I've written ten songs so far for the album, out of these we have tracked 7 songs so far. The songs featured on this platter will be mainly R&B/Jazz with a couple of funky numbers and a Samba thrown in for spice!
Returning Derelict Danny Pavas has been writing like a man possessed lately and we will be sprinkling a few of his compositions onto some of our upcoming albums and possibly a future TruBlue release. We have been featuring several of Danny's songs in our set and have been getting lots of very positive feedback from our fans. Most notably Mighty Dollar & Glory, Glory, being singled out for praise.
The music keeps flowing at the Homestead and we are just trying to keep up with the muse. I have just begun putting out feelers for some shows next year in support of our soon to be released acoustic album The Twain Shall Meet. God bless, I wish you all lots of love and happiness... May 2022 be a year of love, and prosperity for our band and our fans and friends.. Cheers and God bless....Greek
The Cosmic American Derelicts 2021 are:
Scott Lauro- Vocals/Songwriter & Fender Tele & Strat Guitars, banjo, lap steel/bender guitar,
Ed Rainey- Vocals, Lead/Slide guitar- Gibson Les Paul, Fender Tele B-bender, mandolin, dobro and lap steel, drums/percussion
George Kapitanellis- Songwriter, Fender P/J Bass, Englehardt Double Bass and Gibson J-50 acoustic guitar, tamborine
Danny Pavas- Vocals/Songwriter, Gibson Acoustic and Fender Strat,
Sotiri Karlis- on Slingerland Drums
Nick Reeb Fiddle.
Rob Clores- Piano/ Hammond B-3 Organ/Nord
Sitting in from time to time are co-founding/original members..
Brian Murray-vocals, guitars, songwriter--Tele
Galinos Kapitanellis- Drums--Slingerland
Mike Corr-vocals & guitar, songwriter-- Strat Cat
Joe Wilkinson-vocals & guitar, songwriter-- Les Paul & Strat