Carroll Matthews Young

Lead Vocals and Lyricist

The visionary and primary voice on the record. Carroll’s history in music has a deep history from her time in Texas. From working on the farm, to enjoying time with her husband. The whole family is deeply rooted in music including her kids.

This album was a dream of Carroll’s from a young age, and it has finally come to life. You can hear the influences of her past in her songwriting and vocal range. She brings the a retro sound of Texas to the front stage in a modern way.

Jeff Franzel

Composer

Jeff Franzel is a multi-talented songwriter and composer with over 30 years’ experience in the music business. He began his career as a jazz pianist and toured with many groups, including big band legend Les Brown. During that time he accompanied such artists as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Mel Tormé.

Jeff has written pop songs for such diverse artists as Josh Groban, Placido Domingo, Hayley Westenra, Kathy Troccoli, Clay Aiken, The Temptations, Shawn Colvin, ‘NSYNC, Dianne Reeves, Taylor Dayne, and Raven Symoné. He writes in virtually all styles and works with lyricists in many languages.

On this album Jeff served as co-writer, helping compose and arrange the songs getting them prepared for the studio.

Rafael Padilla

Percussion

Rafael Padilla is a renowned percussionist apearing on numerous records over his career. Having performed with names like Celine Dion, Michael Buble, and Michael Jackson; Rafael has solidfied his name as a master of his craft. His focus and attention to musical detail, helps define each track as its own unique piece.

Known as a long time member of the Chris Isaak organization, in which dynamics span pianissimo to forte within a single song, Rafael must create intricate percussion beds and contrapuntal parts that augment the rich sonic tapestry without intruding.

Jeff Myers

Bass and Co-Producer

Jeff Myers is a well renowned performer with a lineup of credits from foley is classic TV shows, to performing on stage with some of the nations top artists. Jeff runs a studio in Lexington, Kentucky where he produces records for numerous artists. You can hear his many of his works all over the country.

On this record Jeff pulled double time as co-producer and bassist on the album. His ear for music mixed with his education allows him to take get the full sound of the song in the studio, while coaching others to get the best performance from all.

David Grissom

Guitars

David Grissom has toured and recorded with John Mellencamp, Joe Ely, Storyville,The Allman Brothers Band, The Dixie Chicks, Chris Isaak, Robben Ford, The FabulousThunderbirds, Ringo Starr, Buddy Guy, Bob Schneider and John Mayall among many others. His songs have been recorded by Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, John Mayall, Shannon Curfman and Storyville to name just a few. Over the years, he has been featured in Guitar Player, Guitar World, Musician, and Vintage Guitar magazines several times.

Michael Ramos

Keys and Accordion

Michael Ramos is a musician/composer/producer who resides in Austin, Texas. He has toured and/or recorded with John Mellencamp, Los Lonely Boys, Patti Griffin, Paul Simon, The BoDeans, The Rembrandts, and many others. He fronts his own project called "Charanga Cakewalk". His two two previous CDs, "Loteria De La Cumbia Lounge", and "Chicano Zen", have received spectacular critical reviews both in the United States and abroad. His music is a blend of Latin, Afro-Cuban, Brazillian, funk and soul. The mix all comes together using electronica and traditional instrumentation. Charanga Cakewalk's live shows are dynamic displays of virtuosity, groove-oriented sets, and most of all... fun. Michael and his band have performed at sold out shows in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has also scored music for various films and documentaries.

Jimmy Daniel

Drums

Few have worked as hard and experimented as much with global styles than veteran session drummer Jimmy Daniel. A native of Indiana, Daniel has been exploring the world of sticks and skins since he was 12-years-old playing his first drum kit at local country-western gigs behind bee-hive-toting singers and empty beer bottles. Growing up listening to “feeling” music such as Heavy-duty Blues and Country Western, Jimmy learned to play by feeling the music he heard.

By the age of 17, A friend told him about an open call for drummers for a Rock’n’Roll singer out of Seymour, Indiana named John Mellencamp and was hired on the spot.

Warren Hood

Violin

Warren started playing classical violin at age 11 in the school orchestra, later studying privately with Bill Dick. He won classical music competitions, including the Pearl Amster Youth Concerto Competition and the Austin Youth Award, which gave him the opportunity to perform as a soloist on “Lalo Symphonie Espagnole” with the Austin Symphony, conducted by Peter Bay. Warren later balanced studying at Austin High with touring with Charlie Robison and the South Austin Jug Band. After high school, Warren earned a rare scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he majored in Violin Performance, played with Steven Tyler and formed an acoustic string band, Blue Light Special. At Berklee, Warren earned the coveted String Achievement Award, an award chosen by faculty to honor talent and as a vote of confidence on future success.

Leaving Berklee, Warren returned to Austin and was in demand as a sideman, playing with Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely, and joining The Waybacks, a band he would play with for the next ten years. Through all of this, Warren played with the South Austin Jug Band when he could, especially as a part of their Sunday night residency at Momo’s on W 6th St in Austin. When the residency ended for SAJB, Warren gathered a group of friends and took over Sunday nights under his own name, starting his first solo venture and releasing his first studio record, “Warren Hood”, an eclectic mix of both songs and legendary Austin players including Marcia Ball, Cindy Cashdollar, and Ephraim Owens.

The Triplets

Backing Vocals

America first got to know The Triplets — Vicky, Sylvia and Diana Villegas — as MTV sensations, when the young sisters swept to victory in the network’s Basement Tapes video contest. Signed immediately to a major label, they released a smash single, “You Don’t Have To Go Home Tonight.” Crowds flocked to their concerts, where the trio harmonized impeccably, exhibited distinctive lead vocal styles, radiated a dynamic stage presence and flaunted a cross-cultural appeal that was rare in those days. Today you can hear the girls still recording music and enjoying time with family.

Music

My Human Ways

About the Record

Singer songwriter Carroll Matthews Young and pianist/composer, Jeff Franzel were introduced by her manager in 2011 and they have been penning thoughtful lyrics and alluring melodies together since. This is the first project band, Young and Franzel, and is comprised of some of the best players around. Recorded at Arlyn studios in Austin Texas (Willie Nelsons former studio) the vibe was old school meets current and finding the energy saved in those star made walls. The band stayed at Gram Parsons daughters house during the sessions and the ghost of Gram and the other legends to grace those walls comes through with different sounds on every song, each standing on its own. I think there is something for everyone.

The Players

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Carroll Matthews Young

Jeff Franzel

Rafael Padilla

Jeff Myers

David Grissom

Michael Ramos

Jimmy Daniel

Warren Hood

The Triplets

Arlyn Studio

Since 1984, Arlyn Studios has been a fixture and recording hub for Austin’s vibrant music community attracting the industry’s most legendary artists including: Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Sublime, Neil Young and Les Paul, to name a few.

Founded by musician and Grammy-nominated industry veteran Freddy Fletcher, Arlyn quickly emerged as Austin’s foremost commercial recording facility attracting artists from around the globe.

In December 2012, Freddy and Lisa Fletcher, along with partners Will Bridges, T. Murphey and Chief Engineer Jacob Sciba, reopened Arlyn as a commercial studio after lending the space to an audio engineering school. Since its re-launch, Arlyn has welcomed back many of its original supporters, including Austin’s native son Willie Nelson, who gave an inspired impromptu performance during SXSW in 2013. The studio has also garnered the attention of the bourgeoning new generation of musicians nationwide.

Steeped in family tradition and music history, Arlyn – named after Freddy Fletcher’s father – occupies the historic Austin Opera House building in the heart of the city. The 7,000 square foot facility offers 3 distinct recording spaces and is home to one of the best-equipped recording facilities in the country boasting a new one-of-a-kind vintage NEVE/API hybrid console.