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Who Is “Shakespeare’s Cadillac”?

Over the past several years I have been fortunate to record with some GREAT musicians.*

Some of those musicians can be heard on the Parallel soundtrack. Some played virtually, i.e., I emailed them mp3 versions of the songs. Then they added their parts and sent those parts back to me. Other musicians recorded their parts in the studio with me.

John Burchett played bass on all the songs. He is a fantastic bass player with credits too long to mention. Matt Podschweit is one of the best keyboardists I’ve ever played with. He plays on “Shakespeare’s Cadillac,” “Let’s Go Again,” “I Will Wait for You,” and “Worlds Apart.” Bobby Furgo played piano on “Glorious Charade.” He also played violin on “Oh Virginia” and “Crawling Through Glass” (songs not on this album, but songs that will be included on a forthcoming album).  Bobby has played with some of the greatest singers and songwriters of all time: Frank Sinatra and Leonard Cohen (“Hallelujah,” and “Dance Me to the End of Love”), to mention just a very, very few in his extremely long list of collaborations. Pete Templer, of the band Axiom, played guitar on “Echoes of the Apocalypse.” (Click here for more information on Pete Templer and Axiom.)

I want to thank these talented musicians for their contributions to this album.

Stephen Smoke

*Garth Hudson, keyboardist for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, The Band (who are also known for backing Bob Dylan), played on two songs on my “Trick of the Light” album (“Wild Child” and “Lemon Midnight”). Barry Keenan, founder of The Invisible Poet Kings, who is also a well-known songwriter, singer and musician, played on and produced parts of the “Trick of the Light” album. He also sang and played on (and produced) “Diamond Mind”–a song from the “Cathedral of the Senses” album.