Boy, I thought it was a long time between my 2nd and 3rd albums. that was nothing compared to becoming a really lazy guitar player and not really challenging myself for quite a long time. I think I was wrapped up in parenthood.
Once I decided to get back to learning a bit, I decided to tackle a favorite John Renbourn piece, Faro's Rag. This led to a string of events that included meeting John, getting to know him, and scheduling a concert with him for May, 1999 at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, just a few minutes from Los Gatos.
A few months before the concert I figured I should get back to composing, hopefully to come up with a duet we could play. This led to 3 new pieces: Back To The Drawing Board, On The Horizon, and S.O.S.
The show was both a highlight and low spot in my life (details in liner notes below) but it also led to writing Papa's Guitar a few days later.
Over the next month or so I took the time to revisit pieces I had written about 15 years earlier and was pleasantly surprised to enjoy playing them. At that point I decided to head back to Joe Weed's studio and record the tunes. I even got my old friend Rich Olson out of retirement to help play Rico's Best Shot.