Cincinnati CityBeat magazine calls A Deeper State of Blue "a magnificent piece of work".
The album was digitally recorded at Ottercreek Studios in Cincinnati, Ohio by Tyler Brown.
Janet and Tyler co-produced the album, drawing from Tyler's experience and expertise in producing other local artists, including Katie Reider (Wonder), Gwendolyn Speaks (This Time), and The Marshwiggles (Stone Soup). "The album gives a nod to pop, thanks to Tyler", says Janet, "while still retaining some earthiness."
Josh Seurkamp (percussion), Rob Reider (guitar), Tony Moore (bass), Rick Fields (guitar), Jonathon Wesley Chevalier (harmonica), Emily Randle (violin), Chris Colleta (cello), Chris Collier (background vocals), Tyler Brown (various instruments, including keyboard).
"Most of the songs on this CD were written during or just after a period of depression I went through, thus the songs have some darker themes. I was very glad to come out of the other side of the depression feeling stronger and motivated never to go that low again if I could possibly help it. Some people think depression is just a form of realism at its best, and that optimism should be considered suspect. Looking at this world, some days I have to agree. I'm thankful for the chance to try to capture some of it in songs, either way."
Dirty Linen magazine rates Late Last Night "an all-around enjoyable collection of songs", while Paste Music is describing it as "comparable to some of Mary-Chapin Carpenter's more exceptional work; it fits together tightly and rocks from start to finish."
The album was recorded and produced by Ric Hordinski in 1997 at his Mersey Beat Studio in Cincinnati. The album quickly grew in popularity and was nominated for 1998 Album of the Year at the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards.
Former guitarist for the band Over the Rhine, Ric Hordinski has quietly branched off into a brilliant career as the mastermind behind the internationally touring band Monk, as well as producing some wonderful artists at his project studio, including David Wilcox, Plow On Boy, Dave Wolfenberger, Lux, and Gwendolyn Speaks.
Ric Hordinski (guitars), Tony Moore (bass), Stan Ginn (percussion), Brian Kelley (drums), Wade Jaynes (bass), Mike Helm (guitar).
Points of Note:
Songs from Late Last Night were featured on the 1996, 1997, and 1998 Jammin' On Main compilation CD's and the 1999 WVXU Audiosynchrasies compilation CD. The album has also been featured on the nationally syndicated WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour.
Janet calls her first release "songs about late-night relationships. Most of the songs were written with a particular relationship in mind, some relationships darker than others. There is a different sort of intimacy that people share in the nighttime hours, even in just conversing. Perhaps darkness allows us to self-disclose a bit more. As it turns out, I wasn't trying to write an entire album of music when I wrote these songs, but stepping back and looking at the songs in retrospect, all of them were inspired by some private thoughts I had about a particular relationship or encounter."
The Janet Pressley track "Darkest Hour" appears on the "Voices of Harvest Moon" compilation CD. Proceeds from the sale of the CD, which also includes tracks by Gwendolyn Speaks, Katie Reider, and all the acts that performed at the 2001 Harvest Moon benefit concert, will go to provide relief for the victims of Sept. 11's terrorist attack on New York City and Washington DC. Click on the graphic below for a direct link to purchase the CD from pastemusic.com.
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