After a wait that could be best termed "a while," Boyd Bristow has made his first solo recording on Maxine/Audiophile. It is a celebratory collection of folk, R&B, country, gospel, and rock and roll. Featured are some of Boyd's best songs, along with excellent works from fellow South Dakotans Tom Peterson, Bruce Preheim and Dennis Westphal. Cloudless Sky was produced by master musician and recordist Chris Gage at MoonHouse Studio in Austin, Texas. Chris and Boyd go back "a long while." With the help of a cast of great players, and especially aided by the beautiful backing vocals of Christine Albert, they have created a deeply satisfying recording.
Produced by Chris Gage.
Recorded and mixed by Chris Gage at MoonHouse Studio; Austin, TX.
Additional engineering by Christine Albert at MoonHouse Studio; Austin, TX.
Mastered by Jim Wilson at YES Mastering; Austin, TX.
Additional tracks recorded by Brian Bonde at Maxine Recordings; Sioux Falls, SD, and by Boyd Bristow at Image Up, Creative Services; Rapid City, SD.
Graphic design by Kenny Putnam, Image Up, Creative Services; Rapid City, SD.
Photography by Dar Berkenpas; Sioux Falls, SD.
2004 S. Hillview Road
Sioux Falls, SD 57110
"Cloudless Sky" is a Maxine/Audiophile recording.
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Listen to one of Boyd's classic tunes "Josephine",
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Comin' Right Up
October, 2013 For this entry, my thoughts are on my dear friend and cousin, Dale Fraser. Dale, or Fred, as most know him, left this world a few weeks ago after a courageous battle with cancer. Dale's legacy can be clearly seen by the family he left behind...three marvelous daughters and an amazing wife, Kathy. He left fine sons-in-law and precocious grandchildren with wonderful memories of a bigger than life person...which he was. Gruff, comical, intelligent and hardworking, he was. No big ego, but plenty of confidence, in a humorous, self-deprecating way. He was our bassplayer in the Shymen and he later went on to play with several fine bands, including the Soul Company and Freedom Road. He is in the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. When he was thirteen he learned how to play bass right handed...after already knowing how to play guitar left handed. That's a musical mind in operation, there. He signed his letters and emails "Dale Fraser, Journeyman Bassplayer." He was a Vietnam era vet and he owned his own trucking buisness. We recently played together as a duo and planned on doing more gigs together, along with some of the old Shymen, Daryl Hillburg and Carl Nord.
Some time ago, he had written me to say that we really needed to do some playing together, despite the distance in miles...before "one of us dies." I never thought he would be the one to go first. Dale...Fred...was so special to me and my wife Dar and to all the other members of our family. I think of Dale every day, and I miss him greatly. Music was important to him. He loved music. But he loved his family more. He told Dar that music had changed his life...because through music, he met and married Kathy. My comfort is that he really succeeded in life....in the way one should. Because of Kathy and him, the world has some fine human beings, (probably with more to come in the future). He didn't live long enough...but he lived long enough and well enough to say that he lived a complete life. You are much loved, Dale. I mean, Fred.
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