Saldo Kreek Update
by Ray Johnson
Back in February of 2001, I was fortunate to make contact with a
well-established producer, in Nashville, by the name of Duane Scott.
Duane's 30 + years in the music business, as producer and engineer, has
netted him platinum and double platinum credits with a number of
artists/bands that you would know of. Heart, Dan Fogelberg, and ELO are
just a few. The list goes on. Duane was very interested in hearing our
past work and after he reviewed the demo material, an invitation was
offered to me, by Duane, to come to Nashville and discuss working on a
full length CD. I accepted Duane's invitation and made the trip in May.
During the 3 days of my trip, I was able to visit 4 top-notch recording
studios, 3 in Nashville and one in the SW suburb of Franklin TN. During
this time Duane and I also met and discussed the necessary business and
creative aspects of the project as well as when the recording would take
place. It was also suggested, that employing the services of well
respected studio musicians, in a supporting role, would be available to
us and very helpful in terms of releasing the emotion that lives within
our songs. I knew then that this was the opportunity we had been working
Upon returning and meeting with Tom, Dave and Karin to discuss Duane's
offer and the legitimacy of the opportunity, we decided that the week
starting July15th through the 24th, would be the right time. I contacted
Duane and informed him of our decision and accepted his offer.
Two weeks later, in the middle of June, a return trip to Nashville took
place, but this time with Karin, Tom and Dave. Having been there
previously, I felt it was critical for the rest of the group to meet
Duane and to experience what I had experienced my first time there. This
was a wonderful opportunity to really get a lay of the land so to speak
and to eliminate any feeling of being overwhelmed by the reality of it
We returned to Nashville on the 15th of July prepared, relaxed and ready
to embark on a journey that many dream of but never have the opportunity
to experience. It was truly a remarkable time in everyone's life.
It is difficult to explain what it was like to work in a professional
studio, with top-notch musicians crafting and embellishing the music
that we have always believed in. The experience has left a lasting mark
on each of us and has elevated us as musicians and songwriters to a
whole new level. Our music has never let us down and this CD is the
result of all that we believe in.
The actual release date and availability of the CD is scheduled for the
second week of September 2001. "Love Street" is our best work to date
and I hope that you will find room in your CD collection for our work.
On behalf of Dave, Tom, Karin and myself, we want to thank you for your
continued support and for considering purchasing our new CD. I can speak
for everyone in the group, when I say, that you will love this CD and it
quite possibly could become one of your favorites.
Ray Johnson & Saldo Kreek