A year after their first record together (“Finally…” by Reed-Ritchotte), South Pasadena resident Randy Troast got together with his fellow musicians and engineers, to begin work on a four-song follow-up.
For right now, it’s slated to be released as an EP, “though we’re discussing the possibility of launching a crowd-funding effort to turn it into a full-length album” said Troast. “Our initial effort (and this one), was self-funded and self-produced. A big difference this time is that we are working with an outside producer and first-rate recording engineer, Ronan Chris Murphy”.
Both “Finally…” and the current effort lean heavily towards blues-based, guitar-oriented rock.
Judging by last week’s results, Troast said the group is already far ahead of where they were at this point on the first record.
“That’s one of the reasons we may try to raise money, so we can continue work with Ronan and bring in some top-notch talent in to finish the record.”
The first Album, “Finally…” included performances by keyboardist Brett Tuggle of Fleetwood Mac, and Tony Franklin, bassist in The Firm along with Paul Rodgers and Jimmy Page, currently touring with Kenny Wayne Shepard.
Much of the studio work for the two recordings has taken place inside Troast’s South Pasadena home. Present at the start of the project were guitarist Rocket Ritchotte, drummer Kane Ritchotte (currently the drummer for Portugal. The Man), singer Rick Reed, recording engineer Diego Lopez and Randy Troast, who alternated between rhythm and bass guitar and produced the first album.
- : Tracking for Album Underway in South Pasadena Home
- : Photos by Bill Glazier