DATE: June to October 2011


LOCATION: Chalet Studios Claremont ON, Slip One Studio Newmarket


MUSICIANS:


Drums … Jim Casson

Bass … Dennis Pendrith

Piano … Bob Burrows

Guitar … Larry Leishman

Mouth Organ … Larry Leishman

Pedal Steel Guitar … Al Brisco

Flugelhorn … David Ivany

Tenor Horn … Meagan Smith

Baritone Horn … Jeremy Smith

Vocals … Bob Burrows


HORN ARRANGEMENT: Duncan Hopkins


SONGWRITER: Tommy Durdon, Mae Boren Axton, Elvis Presley


RECORDING PERSONNEL:


Recording Engineers: Theo Postumous / David Chester

Mixing Engineer: Sam Reid

Producer: Sam Reid / Bob Burrows


GRAPHIC ARTIST: Stuart Blower


NOTES:

The recording of this song came out of my father’s funeral, where a traditional Salvation Army Band with their traditional horns played … reminded me of my youth and the first organized music I ever heard … Salvation Army Bands. As we worked on the song the idea of supporting the homeless evolved … mostly because of the connection to the Salvation Army which is often associated with that issue. So we also made a video to accompany the song … after wandering the streets of downtown Toronto for several nights. Our intention was to present the video and the recording to Fred Victor Mission to support their comprehensive work in that area and to raise funds for them and The River St. Café (soup kitchen for the homeless) run by The Sally Anne. While we did get the mechanical rights to record the song we could not obtain the synchronization rights for the video from the lawyers of the songwriters for love nor money … they wouldn’t even talk to us! … so we were unable to complete the project as we had hoped. However, the musical adventure and the experience we went through were well worth the time and effort.


Updated: Apr 22, 2021

Gives me great pleasure to share our latest recording ... Raining Fire.

https://burrowsandcompany.hearnow.com/raining-fire

If that sounds like deja vu all over again to some of you, you are correct. This song was written in the mid 1980's ... at the time to address acid rain. It was recorded as a demo and offered to The Acid Rain Coalition. That recording featured some ex Imperials and Sam Reid of Glass Tiger. Raining Fire was the final piece on the Bobby Kris Now CD in 1998. With a 10 piece band, 5 piece horns and the guitar of Larry Leishman. Then we made a performance video of it at the Newmarket Festival 2018.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxIazJdr7-M

That video made me think we should go back into the studio with it. Had something to do with Al Cross and a maraca ... maracas rule! And it certainly does here ... played live with the kit ... not overdubbed. And the wonderful guitar playing of Graham Young on both occasions. To have a listen to our most recent version of Raining Fire pls visit ...

https://burrowsandcompany.hearnow.com/raining-fire

Since I wrote the song in 1985 it has become a metaphor for all of the sundry compelling environmental issues we are facing at this time. Unfortunately things have not gotten any better here ... only much worse.


On this recording Burrows And Company are ...


Drums ... Al Cross

Bass ... Dennis Pendrith

Organ ... Dave Chester

Guitar ... Graham Young

Piano and Vocals ... Bob Burrows


The song was recorded at Chalet Studio near Claremont ON

Recording engineers ... Justin Meli, Dave Chester

Mixing engineer ... Josh Bowman


Art work ... Mike Raines

Raining Fire was written by Bob Burrows ... all rights reserved.

Hope you enjoy our new recording.

Bob Burrows



We are releasing our version of A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall ... again. The first time we released this recording of the Bob Dylan classic was in early Jan. 2017 ... to alert everyone to the inauguration of Donald Trump. And indeed a hard rain has fallen on that beleaguered country ever since! And as it is the most powerful country in the world, on everyone else too!


This time we are releasing the song in reference to the upcoming US election ... in which we are doomed no matter what happens!

If Trump wins the outcome is obvious ... we are all screwed ... period! However if he loses ... which he most certainly will do ... he will not leave The White House claiming the election was rigged, fraudulent, fake news. In fact he is already saying that ... and calling out The Proud Boys to boot! Anyone who is in doubt of that should just watch the end of the "debate'. Where we go from there is anyone's guess but it can't be anywhere good. And the actual vote count won't matter either ... truth and facts are relative terms in the world of today ... especially in the world of Donald Trump! So unfortunately we are doomed ... either way!


This is just the perfect song for this upcoming difficult time in our lives. And indeed a very hard rain is likely gonna fall on us all for quite a while! So dust off that umbrella ... it may come in handy very soon.


To have a listen to A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall pls go to Spotify at ...

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2HOmKPOMSGoS8uOx5fpCib

Would like to thank Mike Raines for his powerful image for this song. It really illustrates our view from here of what is going on down there. Old Glory has truly seen better days and hopefully will again one day.


We realize we are treading on rather sacred ground in recording this tune. One of Dylan's finest and most important early songs ... a masterpiece. We recognize and respect that and hope the recording reflects such. However, in our typically irreverent fashion we have recorded the song in 4/4 time ... felt it worked well for us and had a better feel for our band.


It was originally done in 3/4 time by the master on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5al0HmR4to ... brilliant.

On this tune our regular line up is joined by Denis Keldie on accordion. Always a pleasure to have Denis sit in with us ... he is a wonderful player. The song was recorded at Chalet Studio near Claremont in Dec. 2016. The session was hosted by David Chester.



Recording engineers ... Justin Meli, David Chester

Mixing engineer ... Josh Bowman / Toronto


On this recording Burrows And Company is ...


Drums ... Al Cross

Bass ... Dennis Pendrith

Guitar ... Graham Young

Accordion ... Denis Keldie

Piano and vocals ... Bob Burrows


Thank you Jay Kerr for introducing me to the music, genius of Bob Dylan.

Thank you all for your support and interest in our music.


Hang in there ... a hard rain's indeed gonna fall ... weather the storm(s).

Bob