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The Ravine

by Willy Porter

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The Ravine 09:09
Your Honor 04:31


Mike Hoffmann left early for the sky while we were finding the flow with this recording. He was a blindingly gifted musician, and an honest friend. He will forever be missed by all of us.Thanks to Billy Crockett & Kevin Arndt for helping me get this project back on track and to Roger Townsend who stepped in to help push the car up the hill. This record simply would not exist without the power, love, skills and collective wisdom of my band. Thanks to John Haye and Brad Buffoni for their insight and generous support. Gratitude to Monica Mansfield for the studio snacks. Thanks also to Brad Raley at Black Oak Artists, as well as Martin & Nikki Woodhead at Image Acoustic. Thanks to Gordy Bischoff, Kevin Muiderman and Jason Kostal for the wonderful guitars, and thanks to Denny & River at Rauen Guitars for maintaining them. Thanks to everyone at D’Addario Strings and the gang at Fishman. Thanks to Chris Webb for making sense out of all of it. Finally, thanks to Catherine, Lizzie, Liam, Charlie and the extended Porter clan for the gravity and grace. Thank you, Chas Wetherbee. You will forever be an inspiration.

In Loving memory of Myles Swensen Porter. Que a luz do amor de Deus te guie sempre


released September 29, 2023

The Band:
Willy Porter: Acoustic & electric guitars, lead & backing vocals
Dave Adler: Piano, keyboards and backing vocals
Carmen Nickerson: Backing vocals and percussion
Eric Madunic: Electric bass and backing vocals
Dave Schoepke: Drums & percussion
Ryan Pearl: Slide guitar on ‘Larry Bought a Tractor’

Thanks to these mighty special guests:
Tony Ayala: Congas and percussion
Mai Bloomfield: Cello on ‘The Ravine’, cello and vocals on ‘Your Honor’
Mike Hoffmann: Electric slide guitar and backing vocals on ‘Baseball on the Radio’, Electric guitar and backing vocals on ‘Your Honor’.
Horn arrangement on ‘Baseball on the Radio’ by Al Falaschi;
Jim Doherty on trumpet, Al Falaschi on baritone and tenor saxophone, Courtney Larsen on trombone.
Darrell Scott: Pedal steel on ‘All That Matters Now’
Todd Sickafoose: Acoustic bass and synthesizer on ‘A Dog and a Leash’
John Simons: Acoustic bass on ‘Your Honor’ & ‘Fishing Shack’
Chris Wagoner: Fiddle on ‘Fishing Shack’ & lap steel on ‘Don’t Underestimate the Devil’
Ben Wisch: Keyboards on ‘The Same Love’

Produced by Willy Porter & Mike Hoffmann
Additional production by Dave Adler & Kevin Arndt
Same Love Produced by Willy Porter & Ben Wisch and mixed by Ben Wisch
Executive Producers: Roger Townsend, John Haye & Brad Buffoni
Mixed by Neil Dorfsman at The Tool Shed, Woodstock, NY
Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, Nashville, TN.
Recorded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at The Exchange, The Crow’s Nest, Dog Tracks and Makin’ Sausage Music.
Engineered by Kevin Arndt, Mike Hoffmann, Steve Hamilton, and Willy Porter
Art Direction & Visual Design by Anjl Rodee, Lucky Dime Design
Management: Chris Webb at JAMNManagement
Booking: Brad Raley at Black Oak Artists


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