Because I am such a James Dean play-by-my-own-rules, trouble follows me around everywhere I go type of guy, I normally do whatever I can to avoid a safe bet. However, this Safe Bet is the exception.
Favorite track: Goodrich Blues.
Safe Bet contains a collection of songs that span a 6 year period. They catalogue a life lived in Austin, TX, a move to Seattle, WA, inspiration found in various books and short stories, time spent in the desert, and of course a breakup. Recorded in Seattle over the course of 6 months in 2019, Safe bet is a gritty, minimally-ornamented, guitar-driven record, featuring arrangements that put the listener's focus on the songs.
released November 7, 2019
Nick Droz: Guitars, Vocals, Percussion, Piano
Mike Catts: Bass
Rick Weber: Drums
Olivia Claire: Vocals on Demolition and 35mm
Wes Weddell: Guitar on The Shoe Fits
Lucien LaMotte: Pedal Steel on Safe Bet, 35mm, Take Your Leave of Tennessee
All songs written by Nick Droz
Produced by Nick Droz and Mike Catts
Recorded by Moe Provencher at Jack Straw Cultural Center and The Duplex except Blood, recorded at Jack Straw Cultural Center by Joel Maddox, piano on Demolition recorded by Jon Roberts at Kiki's Hacienda, backing vocals on Safe Bet recorded by Jon Roberts at Crackle & Pop! Studio
Mixed by Jon Roberts at Crackle & Pop! Studio except Blood, mixed at Jack Straw Cultural Center by Ayesha Ubayatilaka
Mastered by Ed Brooks at Resonant Mastering