Friend of the Sky

Cej

Friend Of The Sky, Cej's 4th CD, includes 16 songs. Tracks 1-13 include 11 songs inspired by Cej’s latest experiences as an itinerant social worker, supporting American families overseas...this time in Djibouti and Bavaria. Also included is a song Cej penned in the late 1970s as well as two brand new songs, completed the night before they were recorded. Fly Away opens the CD, featuring Doug Pettibone on pedal steel. Doug was a member of the traveling bands of both John Mayer and Lucinda Williams, 2 years each. In total, Doug contributes to 6 tracks on this CD, moving seamlessly between pedal steel and lap steel. Doug brings a balance of sweetness and abandon (healthy insanity) to all he does.

Mickey Raphael steps in on track 2, Creature’s Blues, casting his harmonica in the role of “the cry of the creature”. Mickey, of course, is the legendary harmonica player in Willy Nelson’s band. He makes a second appearance on Honey On The Mind (track 11), engaging Cej in a playful trade-off of boogie woogie riffs. It was an honor and delight to have him onboard.

On tracks 14 and 15 , dubbed “The Lost Adobe Tracks”, Cej plays two covers of Gram Parsons classics: Hickory Wind and Luxury Liner. Track 16, dubbed the “Election Extra: 2020 Vision”, is Change Is Afoot. This is a remastered version of the single Cej released earlier this year (2020).

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