This album took me about 5 years to write. I began writing it in San Francisco in 1994 and continued to work on it while I lived in New Orleans from 95' to late 99' finishing it in Portland, Oregon in Early 2001. I put a band together and we played some really great shows, with Concrete Blonde, The Tubes, Fireballs of Freedom, Two Ton Boa, The Dandy Warhols, The Goddamn Gentlemen, and many others. When we were ready to record we bought some 2" tape and hired Rob Bartleson to Produce/Engineer at Supernatural Studios in Oregon City. The recording took 6 days (6 12-15 hour days), I did the vocals in a day and Rob and I mixed the entire thing in the last day as our $8,000 recording budget ran out. Kevin Nettleingham mastered it and we pressed 1000 copies to be distributed by BDC (US) and to take to Europe. Stuffing our suitcases with CD's to get them through customs, I think we smuggled 100-200 copies over to Spain which we mostly gave away to radio stations we played and to Spanish kids who were really cool, some had driven over 300 Kilometers to see us. We went on 4 tours as a full band and I did 2 tours solo acoustic, one with Paula O'Rourke. Alberto Manzano, who did translations into Catalan for Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and Led Zeppelin booked and managed our first three tours.
The record was picked up by a small label in Southern Spain near Madrid called Alone Records and sent out across Europe with no publicity budget through several retailers and distributors to a naturally underwhelming and minimal response. Alone has grown into a great company and so The Last Dancers will release their new album "Pre-Revolution" with Alone in the coming months. Gracious Living was then picked up by a Los Angeles label called Broken Halo Records affiliated with Long Live Crime Records run by Susan Ferris and Thom King. The release was ill conceived and essentially un-executed, with unpaid publicists and questionable usage of company funds. (Source) Broken Halo dissolved or went bankrupt shortly thereafter. The album was returned by Koch Distribution and never saw a record store shelf. So after three "record deals" across the globe, digital distribution through CD Baby and terrestrial distribution through BDC here in the states...here it is. I consider it my American Novel set to music and I hope you find something magical in it as the reviewers below did. If you enjoy it, please post a review either on iTunes or on this site. Thank you for listening. -Adam Mackintosh