2nd album released… and the beginning of summer, 2012…

It is Memorial Day, 2012…  and here in Colorado we are enjoying a blue, cloudless day with temps in the 70’s. Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday and extended weekend and remembering and honoring those who have served and sacrificed in the name of preserving liberties and freedom.

“To All those who have served this nation, from the Revolution to present day, to those who will protect our freedoms into the future… We humbly Salute and thank you and your families.”

In 4 the Evening,” the new album, was officially released this past week on May 24th, a few days earlier than anticipated (I checked on CD Baby Thursday morning and there it was, and I was like, ‘oh, OK’), and can now be found on all the usual digital outlets. The album will also be on CD and those will be coming out in a couple of weeks.

Additional artwork for the CD: In front of Marilyn on S. Golden Rd.

Very pleased with how the new album turned out – I think it’s good, a stronger album than the first and a natural progression in the way the music is evolving. So check it out and give it a listen (and of course, buy). Many thanks to Brian Hazard at Resonance Mastering for his keen ears and eyes in the mastering process, and also to Erin for all your help and support, especially these last 3 months in ‘gettin ‘er done.’ Couldn’t have done it without you, babe! (and immediately the Styx song comes to mind… lol) 🙂

The album began in Golden last summer and, after a few hallucinatory months spent once again in the Texas heat, finished up in Golden.

Included in this week’s post is a track from the album, Piñon Incense, which is available as a free download on ReverbNation and Bandcamp.

Piñon Incense
© 2012 Excellent Sky Records / Nights on Venus Music / Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.
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Additional artwork for the CD: The Village Theater in Dallas with track listing

In fact, purchase the entire album on Bandcamp ($6.90 USD) and you will receive the 4-song EP as a free download – coming out Nov.-Dec., 2012… just in time for the “end of the world as we know it” or whatever other shenanigans the universe has in store for us when we hit 12/21/12 this year (actually the Mayans just ran out of room on their tablet).

With the completion and release of this album, I’m getting back to a more ‘normal’ relaxed schedule and routine which includes some much-needed ‘down time,’ i.e., a breather (which is to say I haven’t completely stopped working, even temporarily – work just now proceeds at a more leisurely pace). As I said, the last 3 months have been particularly intense with the move and all – there’s some time now to organize the studio (The ‘Mancave’) a little better as it was pretty much ‘hit the ground running’ with work on the album in progress when we moved in. And with Memorial Day, that means the official beginning of the summer season…

At Indulge Wine Bar in downtown Golden with a couple of Pinots on the patio, late afternoon (no sun!)…. Great new place in Golden – Denverites, check it out….

After spending Saturday and yesterday in the mountains, Erin and I decided to stay put today – I-70 eastbound is always a parking lot from Georgetown all the way into Denver on Memorial Day and every Sunday throughout the summer, just like the ski traffic on Sundays in the winter. In Golden, we look forward to the return of the Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning and First Friday Street Fairs downtown beginning this weekend; eventually, hiking up in the high country when the snow has melted off and it starts getting hot down here, a road trip or two… and always a few concerts at Red Rocks nearby, starting with The Shins tomorrow night… Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Bonnie Raitt, Reggae on the Rocks, etc. during the summer.

Happy listening! Until next time… when I’ll talk a little about the upcoming Transit of Venus on 6/5 and 6/6…

“In 4 the Evening,” the 2nd album…

In 4 the Evening,” the second Nights on Venus album is now available as a digital download on CDBabyiTunesAmazon.mp3eMusicBandcamp, and other fine online retailers. CDs will be available on or around June 7th.

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Author: nightsonvenus

Musician and producer with the band Nights on Venus.

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