"Just For Fun" Liner Notes "Just For Fun" is what this album is all about -- although we considered calling it A Whole Lot of Work and Tons of Money. The project came about because of a conversation with "The Doc On the Rock" last year. I asked him how he liked my new songs I'd sent him. "Fine," he said, "but I want to hear you sing them." Well, that got me thinking and I decided to dig out some old tracks and put my vocals on them. The result is what you have in your hands. Have fun! And play it for everyone - maybe someone will cut one of the songs and I can make enough money to pay for it. Okay, so it's not "just" for fun -- I'm using it to pitch the songs too -- but have fun anyway!
Here's to City Limits, The Lone Star, Annie Oakley's and a hundred other places where Dale Allen & The Pearl Studs picked and grinned (among other things). Heres to the good friends who followed the music from Manhattan to Jersey to Albany to Philadelphia and beyond (The Dakota?) To Don, Gail, Sam, Jo B., and on and on and on. And to all the fun we had. Here's to old friends and new -- and old songs and new.
Thanks to Mary Fallon and our great kids, Travis, Ben, and Sara for putting up with me spending inordinate amounts of time away from home, writing and performing and recording. "The Blue Jean Boys" (Travis and Ben) haven't performed much since the Blue Jean Girl came along. Neither has Mary. I had hoped to get her on this album singing some harmony, but ran out of time. Maybe on the next one Meanwhile, we still have a lot of fun in our family.
I've included "Someday I'll Be A Cowboy" which Travis helped write when he was six years old -- in fact it's his title. You'll also hear the first song I ever wrote -- Wastin My Time; a couple Ill never get cut; and some I think are just great songs. (For those of you I havent told, Hes My Sister Now was used on an NBC daytime serial a few years back -- so I can't say something will never get cut.) I hope you like the mix of songs - some old, some new, none borrowed!, a lot blue. Most are first or second takes and we tried to mix them to sound like a band in a club. If you can't have The Pearl Studs at least we've tried to sound like them.
Thanks to Paul Gannon and Big Ears Studio, Mark Crisp for singing a LOT of harmonies in a short amount of time, Drew Perkins for some last minute fiddle licks and shooting hoops with The Benster, and to all my co-writers. OBaid -- sorry I didnt get one of ours on here -- maybe next time. Thanks to Dick and Joan for not telling me thirty years ago to throw away my guitar and give up. Thanks to my brother and sisters and in-laws for giving up your Christmas presents so we could afford to do this album. (What do you mean you didn't know?)
Dad, I hope you enjoy hearing this. I wish I could have done it when Mom was still around to hear it. I love you and thanks for always being supportive. Buy CD