The Gotham River Tapes - Jacob and David Bernz
Available in both Vinyl and CD!
To All The People - 1:55
Gotham Night – 3:19
Walking Freedom – 3:13
Pasadena - 3:48
Take Me To The Wall - 6:43
Where The Sidewalk Ends - 4:30
Shape I’m In - 4:00
Sleepy Eye’d Boy - 3:38
Messes and Spills - 5:14
Nobody Knows - 3:56
When Jacob Bernz writes a song, (which is almost an every day event) listeners are drawn in, both because it sounds like something entirely new and at the same time, feels like it has always been there. Jacob, who has been writing and recording his own next-generation genre of singer-songwriter material for several years now teams up with his Grammy-winning father David Bernz for this duo recording titled "The Gotham River Tapes." Recorded in Newburgh, NY, Patterson, NY and Beacon, NY and then mixed and mastered in Peekskill, NY, Jacob and David like to say that this project took at least three Hudson River towns to make. Their goal was to create a simple and sonically accessible recording that would replicate their live sound, almost as if you were listening to them play in their living room - or in yours. The recording is a truly collaborative father and son effort, witch combines original songs with a few older ones, each supporting one another on their respective tunes both instrumentally and vocally. They even share a songwriting credit on "Pasadena," a wistful commentary on the current state of affairs. The recording concludes with Jacob's take on the traditional "Nobody Knows" giving a nod to the folk tradition that has informed much of their music, and giving David a chance to show a few of his harmonica chops. Heard together, The Gotham River Tapes is a multi-generational, yet modern tapestry of songs that create images and tell stories in a way that, we hope, brings us a little closer together.
Recorded by: Chihoe Hahn, in an old factory on the waterfront,
Newburgh NY and David Bernz, Beacon NY and Steve Kirkman at The Octagon, Patterson NY. Additional recording: Steve Kirkman,
Masterdisk, Peekskill NY (three river towns involved!).
Mixed by: Steve Kirkman, David Bernz and Jacob Bernz, Masterdisk,
Mastered by: Scott Hull, Masterdisk, Peekskill NY.
Produced By: Steve Kirkman, David Bernz and Jacob Bernz
Photography: Arlen Dean
Cover Design: Jesse Bernz
To All The People, “Gotham Night and Where The Sidewalk Ends,
Words and music by Jacob Bernz © 2017, (ASCAP)
Walking Freedom, Take Me To The Wall, Shape I’m In and Messes and
Spills, Words and music by David Bernz © 2017 (ASCAP)
Pasadena Words and music by Jacob Bernz and David Bernz
© 2017 (ASCAP)
“Sleepy Eye’d Boy, Words and music by John Prine © 1978 Big Ears
Music and Bruised Orange, Arranged and adapted by David Bernz
Nobody Knows, Traditional, Arranged and adapted by Jacob Bernz