|The first run of A Pretty Good Shot, The Old 21's debut EP,|
arrived on December 5, 2014.
This day - a day drummer Lorne Frape and I have been waiting years for - has finally arrived.
I have in my possession the opening run of The Old 21's debut EP, A Pretty Good Shot. A second run of about 80 more CDs will be available next week.
The arrival of the CD is the culmination of work that has spanned the last five years. Besides collaborating with a friend in high school, I (Christopher L. Istace, singer/songwriter, guitar) began writing songs of my own about a year after the formation of The Old 21. At that time, the band contained five members (vocals/guitar, drums, lead guitar, bass and keyboards) that played cabarets, bars and dances in the Moosomin, SK area. Many experiences since then have been mistaken for setbacks. They have turned out to be blessings. Today, the "group" is a duo that has played shows in Regina, throughout Southeast Saskatchewan and into Manitoba.
We had a hiccup with a CD recorded earlier this year, but with the extensive help of recording engineer Larry Gabrielle and artist/recording engineer/advisor Ross Cashman, Lorne and I hit the studio again early this fall. A Pretty Good Shot is the result.
The CD includes six tracks, including the first song I wrote performed with the original Old 21 formation; "Rock in The Distance."
The premier track on the CD, "Forgive Me One More Time," was written in February 2014 in the midst of a flurry of songwriting. The song portrays the redemption I sought from people close to me following a troubling year that had me in turmoil mentally, spiritually and emotionally.
The remaining tracks include "Break In," "Trouble Inside," the title-track "A Pretty Good Shot," and "Back For More." The latter is a rock-a-billy, break-up tune written by Trevor Doroshenko, who has graciously allowed us to perform and record it.
Although there are small tweaks we will make for our next CD - we plan to begin work on an LP sometime in 2015 - Lorne and I are proud of what we have accomplished with A Pretty Good Shot. We both hope those who have followed our work enjoy it and share it with others.
Lorne and I would like to say a special "thank you" to our wives, Angi Frape and Coral Istace. Without their patience and support over the past few years, we would never have come to this point.
A Pretty Good Shot is currently available for $15 through our Facebook page, myself at firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment below and we will find a way to get one to you.