The "Out of the Woodshed" Album Is Out!

By Simon, 31 March, 2019
Bo Menart - Out of the Woodshed

It's been a while since I posted here.

I've moved house, travelled around the world a couple of times (which I don't need to bore anyone with), was picked up by a tornado in Kansas (apparently it's a thing there, but, again I don't need to bore anyone with) and... finally... the album I've been co-producing with Bo Menart is out.

The first single, Paradise, is starting to hit the airwaves. It has Anastasios Toss Panos on drums, Larry Antonino on bass, Greg Leisz on pedal steel, David Fraser on piano, Arlan Scheirbaum on organ, Luis Conte on percussion, Miguel Martinez and Angelica Swan on backing vocals, and me on electric & baritone guitars.

Here's the obligatory cheesy video for it:


One of the first projects I became involved in as a producer was a band called Amigo, which was led by a very talented singer and guitarist named Fred Guerra. The first album we recorded in the early 70’s was released by Vee Jay Records. After that, Fred and I began writing songs together and I became a member of Amigo. One day, Freddy and I were standing in a gravel parking lot and he began singing acapella, “When I was a child, my family would travel down to western Kentucky where my parents were born...” I said, “Whoa, did you write that?” and he said, “No that’s by John Prine.” I said, “Well, we’ve got to record that song.” John Prine originally wrote this song in ¾ time but Freddy taught it to me in 4/4, which is how we arranged it. I didn’t hear Prine’s version until many years later. After Freddy passed away tragically, I realized it was up to me to record this song and is one of the primary reasons I recorded this album. - Bo Menart