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February 5, 2012

Dear sir or madam, will you…
Posted by Patrick at 10:13 PM * 19 comments

Three years in the making, it’s I’m Not the Road, Whisperado’s first full-length album. Fourteen songs—twelve Jon Sobel originals, plus the spectacle of me taking lead vocals on songs by Richard Thompson and Gillian Welch. So long in production that in the time we took to make it, we grew from a three-piece to a four-piece. Also, Alaska and Hawaii were admitted to the Union, Louis Pasteur took credit for the germ theory of disease, and both Italy and Germany managed to unify as modern nation-states. I know, nothing good will come of it! Still, without these important events you wouldn’t have the Blanton-Webster Band and you definitely wouldn’t have I’m Not the Road. So there’s that.

Buy a CD—or download mp3s—on CDBaby.

Download digital files—optimized with the tears of Andy Hertzfeld—from iTunes.

Free samples:

  • Over You. (“That is one truly unreliable narrator.” —Emma Bull)
  • Look At Miss Ohio. (I turn a brooding song by the great Gillian Welch into something, well, loud.)
  • I’m Not the Road. (Our jam band song! Look for us at Bonnaroo. Keep looking.)
Comments on Dear sir or madam, will you...:
#1 ::: John Chu ::: (view all by) ::: February 05, 2012, 10:22 PM:

Yay! I've been waiting for a full-length Whisperado album.

#2 ::: pericat ::: (view all by) ::: February 05, 2012, 10:30 PM:

Hooray! Congratulations on getting it done. I am looking forward to adding it to my playlist shortly. And thanks for using distribution that makes it painless for us outlanders to get our VERY OWN copies.

Also, nice work on the cover art, there. Really nice. /me is impressed.

#3 ::: Tom Whitmore ::: (view all by) ::: February 05, 2012, 10:35 PM:

Congratulations from the left coast as well!

#4 ::: elise ::: (view all by) ::: February 05, 2012, 10:53 PM:


#5 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: February 05, 2012, 11:18 PM:

(I got the word Thursday via CD Baby, so it's already on the way. It's worth it just for their shipping notice!)

#6 ::: Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: February 05, 2012, 11:19 PM:

I see your shorter album is at eMusic. When my downloads refill, I'll see about those. Good on ya! Make us all proud.

#7 ::: Geri Sullivan ::: (view all by) ::: February 05, 2012, 11:28 PM:

Yay! CD Baby order placed. ("Back ordered or on pre-order.") Usually I'm fine with digital downloads, but I want the packaging on this one.

Looking forward to hearing the whole thing.

#8 ::: Bruce Cohen (Speaker to Managers) ::: (view all by) ::: February 06, 2012, 12:48 AM:

Congratulations from the Upper Left. I really like the cover (as an old Smalltalk programmer I'm partial to multicolored hot-air balloons).

#9 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: February 06, 2012, 12:53 AM:


(Still a bit of work to do on the rock star ego, though.)

#10 ::: MacAllister ::: (view all by) ::: February 06, 2012, 02:55 AM:

WaHOO! And also, congratulations.

#11 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: February 06, 2012, 08:27 AM:

Congratulations (and jubilations).

#12 ::: beth meacham ::: (view all by) ::: February 06, 2012, 10:46 AM:

Cool! Will download it today.

#13 ::: ebear ::: (view all by) ::: February 06, 2012, 12:24 PM:

Ooo, I now can have my very own copy of Patrick's cover of "Miss Ohio." Yeah baby.

#14 ::: MichaelC ::: (view all by) ::: February 06, 2012, 05:22 PM:

At last, our plucky hero no longer strings us along! Well done, sir!

#15 ::: Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little ::: (view all by) ::: February 07, 2012, 09:13 PM:

Congratulations! Looking forward to picking up my very own copy.

#16 ::: edward oleander ::: (view all by) ::: February 09, 2012, 09:29 PM:

I just realized I stopped getting CD Baby updates... better go correct that!

Groovin' pretty heavy on "Look at Miss Ohio" (which I seem to remember from 4th Street?) and the title track. I'm gonna guess Petty and Dylan are beloved by your lead singer? And I wouldn't get too far down on your loud, 'cuz it reminds me of Meatloaf's loud (which I used to put 4000 watts behind in my Wal-Mart overnight days)... Congrats!

#17 ::: Pyre ::: (view all by) ::: February 10, 2012, 09:54 PM:

I must admit I was waiting for the lyrics:

I'm not the map
I'm not the territory
I'm not the menu
I'm not the meal
But as that's a Semantics topic, perhaps it belongs in the next thread ("... Now all we talk about is words").

#18 ::: Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: February 10, 2012, 11:57 PM:

Okay, got my next set of downloads and got the short CD from eMusic. They're on my iPod now.

#19 ::: Alison Scott ::: (view all by) ::: February 13, 2012, 10:33 AM:

Congratulations! As one of last night's floor singers said 'I've been writing songs for twenty years now. I've written about eight. Soon I'll put out a CD...'

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