It’s been two years since the release of Johnny Rock & Friends: For The Record, and honestly it feels like a lifetime ago. So incredibly much has happened since then in our personal and professional lives, but most of it quite positive. This album is gradually becoming a historical document, and thus we’re writing the epilogue. Since 2015 we’ve picked up a few fans from all over the world. And in these uncertain times when we’re led to believe everyone is divided, it’s reassuring to see the kind of unity music can bring.

Our co-producer Jonathan Bross is still recovering steadily from his stroke in 2014. His studio, Sound Over Sound, where we recorded so many of these songs, has been gradually liquidated to cover Jonathan’s ongoing medical and living expenses. But some of that equipment, and more importantly that spirit, has found a home at Silver Horse Sound in Hoboken, NJ. Formerly The Tantrum Room, Max Feinstein and I expanded our recording and rehearsal studio a year ago with our engineer/producer friend Benjamin Scott. Now the three of us have a studio we are all very proud of; a place where local artists can make music affordably, comfortably, and with the TLC their project needs. It’s a different vibe, different gear, different crew, but the soul of Sound Over Sound and For The Record lives on.

Some of our contributors have come to Silver Horse Sound to record their own music, including Tony Caggiano, Rob Ferreira (Dead Fish Handshake), Juan Garcia (Men or Myth), and Donna Ward. And since our expansion we’ve been welcoming local artists and friends from all over New York and New Jersey, and we’re stoked to have a wealth of great material on its way. Since making For The Record, my favorite new music has come almost exclusively from the people I work and play with in the Hoboken area. It’s quite a scene!

Of course, running a business forces one to be more mindful of making a living, meeting goals, and prioritizing the work. So it’s with a bit of nostalgia that I view my life from 2013-2015, when making this record WAS the priority. I’m not sure I’ll ever do anything like it again. It was the ultimate labor of love and time, and there’s so much meaning attached to it for me and those involved. Whatever happens to all of us, the record captured something done at exactly the right time, for exactly the right reasons. It’s not perfect, and we’ve all evolved a bit, but that’s life. I was blessed with the time, money, and energy to make that record, and it finally gave my life definition and direction. Cheers to all the creators, fans, and communities that keep this music living and breathing.

Test Pressing signed by most of the contributors.

Test Pressing signed by most of the contributors.