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Starting September 5, 2011 the North Branch of the Susquehanna River (and several tributaries of the West Brach) were drenched with inches and inches of rain. The rain lasted 4 days, tapering off September 8th. As the nation marked the 10th anniversary of the tragedies of 9-11, our local area was dealing a new disaster. Homes along the Loyalsock, Fishing Creek, and Susquehanna were literally erased. During the flooding I wrote several of the songs from this album. Before I knew it, I had an entire album of songs. Some songs about the flooding, some songs about our reaction, some songs about other aspects of 2011/2012. I chose to record the album with Jason Perez on Mulberry Street (Danville PA). Jason’s family, his business, and their neighbors were flooded under several feet of water in the flood. When the waters went down, Jason’s family and neighbors did what we all hope we would do in the same circumstances; they rebuilt. They didn’t pause to ask why, the simply carried on. Recording these songs with Jason on Mulberry street felt right.
All songs written by Van Wagner except “Jay Smar Just Likes To Play” by Van Wagner and Brian Crane. “Guns and Religion” by Van Wagner, Karl Shellenberger, and Tom Flannery.
Harmony Vocals by Brian Crane
Artwork by Chad McKonly.
This album is dedicated to Ian and Logan Shellenberger (but not necessarily in that order…or any order…I am NOT choosing favorites is what I’m trying to say here)