Recorded at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY and produced by guitarist/singer/songwriter Chris Bergson and award winning Blues journalist Dave Rubin (Johnny Winter, Cornell Dupree), Fall Changes showcases the band's personal blend of contemporary Americana, highlighting Bergson's honest storytelling, soulful vocals and the first class musicianship of a true working band.
Replete with the warm sound of Helm's studio, Fall Changes features stellar performances from Bergson on guitar and vocals, Jay Collins on tenor sax and backing vocals, Bruce Katz on piano and B3 organ, Tony Leone on drums and bassist Chris Berger. Special guests include vocalist Amy Helm of Ollabelle and a Stax-styled horn section arranged by Jay Collins, and featuring Erik Lawrence on baritone sax and Kenny Rampton on trumpet. From the opening bars of the contemporary soul classic Gowanus Heights" to the blues-based rock anthem Float Your Mind," Bergson and the band take us on a journey as dynamic, exhilarating, and hard-hitting as the Gowanus neighborhood in Brooklyn he calls home.
According to Bergson, traveling to Woodstock to record had an air of pilgrimage about it, as he counts Helm and The Band among his biggest influences. Levon's studio, a renovated barn nestled in the Catskills, has an impressive history, with an almost magical list of past clients--The Band, Muddy Waters, Dr. John, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards.
The Fall Changes sessions proved to be magical as well; not only were the eleven CD tracks cut, but it was also here that Helm first heard Bergson play, prompting an invite to join him at his Midnight Ramble concerts. Listening to Fall Changes, it's easy to hear what caught Levon's ear.
Fall Changes is available at www.chrisbergson.com, iTunes, Amazon.com, eMusic, Rhapsody, Napster, CD Baby, and other outlets. Fall tour dates have recently been announced, including a CD Release Party at NYC's Rodeo Bar on October 2, Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Sessions on October 6, an intimate appearance at Rockwood Music Hall on October 11, and a special CD celebration at Jazz Standard on December 4.