The Turf House - Diesel Therapy (RN5CD01)

The Turf House Album Cover
Artist: Diesel Therapy
Catalog Number: RN5CD01
Format: CD
Label: Root & Fifth Records
Year: 2006

The Turf House debut album from Diesel Therapy featuring 12 original alt country tracks and dobro instrumentals. The original line up (Jim Hornsby, Danny Holmes, Sean Taylor, Eric Green) are joined by Ameri-Celtic bluegrass instrumentalists Stewart Hardy and Tony Davis. Available from iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.
When we initially talked about making The Turf House we were in our first incarnation: Jim, Danny, Sean Taylor (bass guitar) and Eric Green (drums). We wanted the album to be an accurate representation of our music skills, a combination of guitar instrumental music and self-penned songs. Our songs had been ‘run in’ at gigs and had been well received by those that had seen us play.
The album is a mix of mellow guitar moods and our take on Celtic Bluegrass music with a Northern twist in the lyrics. Autobiographical songs in ‘World Outside’ and ‘Listen To The Wind”, a nod to Little Feat on ‘Making My Own Way Home’, Danny’s great Dobro instrumental ‘Hummingbird Sunday’.
‘So what kind of music is it?’, people would ask. Well, it is alt country (ish), uses acoustic and electric instruments (telecasters, lap steel, acoustic guitars, Dobro, bass and drums). There is 5-string banjo and some great harp playing from Eric. (If you are reading this Eric, you can come and play harmonica with us anytime!)
No! Wait! It’s not Country as in big hats and line dancing. It’s more Guy Clark, Robert Plant (Band of Joy) alt country. A bit Byrdsy maybe now, as Jim’s electric 12 string starts to show up alongside Danny’s B bender telecaster solos. Just good, honest music, well rehearsed and played with passion!
The Turf House was recorded at The Cluny studios in Newcastle. The sessions were engineered and produced by Tony Davis. A great time was had recording the tracks and we think you can feel the enthusiasm on the album.
The album title and B bender telecaster instrumental came from Danny’s annual trip to the north of Scotland to stay in just that; a turf house near Stac Pollaidh! Inspired by the surroundings and a bottle of Gentleman Jack, he always returns with a Dobro instrumental or two.
Session Details
The following sessions took place at the Cluny Studios:
Session 26th January & 8th February 2006
The Turf House
Electric Guitars: Danny (Clarence White Telecaster) & Jim (Custom Shop Telecaster); Acoustic Guitar: Jim; Banjo: Jim;
Fretless Bass: Sean; Drums: Eric; Keyboards: Tony Davis

Way To Go
Vocals: Jim; Backing Vocals: Danny, Tony Davis; Dobro: Jim; Drums: Eric; Fretless Bass: Sean; Rhythm Guitars: Jim (Santa Cruz) & Danny (Martin 000-28LD); Electric Guitar: Danny (Clarence White Telecaster); Keyboards: Tony Davis; Harp: Eric;

Session 28th & 29th November 2005

Don't Wake Me
Vocals: Jim; Backing Vocals: Eric, Danny, Sean, Tony Davis; Drums: Eric;
Fretless Bass: Sean; Rhythm Guitars: Jim & Danny (Martin 000-28LD); Acoustic Solo: Danny (Martin 000-28LD);
Slide Solo: Jim (Melobar); Electric Guitar Solos: Jim (Telecaster) & Danny (Clarence White Telecaster);
Hammond: Tony Davis

Starting Tonight
Drums: Eric; Fretless Bass: Sean; Acoustic Rhythm and Lead Guitars: Jim (Santa Cruz);
Keyboards: Tony Davis; Acoustic Guitar (overdub): Danny (Martin 000-28LD)

Session 9th & 11th August 2005

The World Outside
Vocals: Jim; Backing Vocals: Eric, Danny, Sean, Tony Davis; Drums: Eric;
Fretless Bass: Sean; Rhythm Guitar: Jim (Martin 000-28LD);
Dobro: Jim; Electric Guitars: Jim (Gretsch), Danny (Clarence White Telecaster); Keyboards: Tony Davis;

Keeping It Real
Vocals: Jim; Backing Vocals: Eric, Danny, Sean; Drums: Eric;
Fretless Bass: Sean; Rhythm Guitar: Jim (Martin 000-28LD);
Dobro: Jim; Electric Guitar: Danny (Clarence White Telecaster); Keyboards: Tony Davis;

Session 28th & 29th April 2005

Tomar
Drums: Eric; Fretless Bass: Sean; Rhythm Guitar: Jim;
First Solo Guitar: Danny (Matin 000-28LD); Second Solo Guitar: Jim (Santa Cruz D/E)

Makin' My Own Way Home
Vocal: Jim; Backing Vocals: Eric, Danny; Rhythm Guitars: Jim (Telecaster), Danny (Strat); Melobar: Jim;
Harp: Eric; Bass: Sean; Guitar Fills: Danny (Strat); Keyboards: Tony Davis

Session 21st March 2005

Listen To The Wind
Vocal: Jim; Backing Vocals: Sean, Danny; Rhythm Guitars: Jim, Danny; Drums: Eric; Fretless Bass: Sean; Harp: Eric; Banjo: Jim; Dobro: Jim;
Twin Guitar Solo: Danny (Right Channel), Jim (Left Channel)

Hummingbird Sunday
Guitar: Danny; Dobro: Jim; Banjo: Jim; Fretless Bass Solo: Sean; Drums: Eric; Harp: Eric; Keyboard Pads: Tony Davis

Sessions 19th &amp 20th December 2004
Helping Hand
Vocals: Jim; Backing Vocals: Danny, Sean; Rhythm Guitars: Jim, Danny; Twin Guitars: Jim, Danny; Upright Bass: Sean;
Drums: Eric; Lap Steel: Danny; 'Eldon Shamblin' style rhythm guitar: Danny; Guitar Fills: Jim

Cast In Stone
Drums and Percussion: Eric; Fretless Bass: Sean; Piano: Tony Davis; Hammond Organ: Tony Davis; Acoustic Rhythm Guitars: Danny; Dobro: Jim; Banjo: Jim;
Lead Guitar: Jim; B-Bender Solo: Danny

The Turf House is now available as a download from iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.
Released 01 January 2006.