FST New Album Update

The work on the new, so far untitled, Four Stories Tall album is well under way.  We have 10 songs that we plan on putting on the new album.  All of the songs have their basic tracks recorded; some are almost ready for release.

We all grew up buying albums, we grew up listening to albums, most Prog Bands still release albums.  But, we realize that the way people buy/download and listen to Music is changing.  Most people don’t buy/download and listen to Music in the album format any more.  So, this time around we’re going to take a new approach -we’ll be releasing the songs as they are completed.  We hope that this gradual release of the album will keep our friends and fans involved and interested.

We’re very excited to now have Phil Bush on Guitar.  He’s an excellent fit, a great Guitar Player, and a hell of a great guy.  The new album will contain tracks with Mark Turner, as well as Phil, on Guitar.  

FST is looking forward to a fun and productive 2017.

Peace and Love!

Good Times with MrT!

It was great to have Mark Turner (founding member of Odd Fellows and Four Stories Tall) sit in with us last Friday.  We improvised for a while and then we worked on a new song idea that MrT brought in.  The song is titled I’ll Have To Learn To Live Without You – it’s meant to honor an memorialize our family that we lost in 2016.

Here, it’s notated using Standard Jazz Notation.  Using Standard Jazz Notation only approximates what MrT is meaning to say.  It’s a shorthand (of sorts) and only partially conveys what’s really going on.  But it mostly works and will have to do until MrT develops the TNSPCNS (Turner New Standard Pseudo-Chord Notation System).  I suspect that when TNSPCNS it is fully developed, it will look more like Romulan or Klingon than Standard Jazz Notation.

And, of course, we couldn’t just leave it in a 12/8 time signature, we had to throw in some bars of 5/8 and 6/8.  Then, not just 5/8, but 5/8 with a Latin feel in the Bass.

It was a bit challenging, but it was a lot of fun and after some work, it came together nicely.

We Love and Miss MrT and look forward to further collaborations in the future.

Peace and Love from FST!

Copyright Four Stories Tall 2017

Here Comes The Rooster

Mark Turner, who was a founding member of Odd Fellows and Four Stories Tall, will be in town this weekend!  He’ll be joining us at RDS (Red Door Studio) for an evening of Fellowship, Fun and Music.  

It is possible that single Malt Scotch may also be involved. 

We’re very much looking forward to seeing our good friend Mark Turner (a.k.a. MrT)

WooHoo!

The View Looks Good

From Rock Rocking Rocker:

 Below is a review from Dylan Sexton of the music blog Rock Rocking Rocker (link here) --

     Progressive rock has a new champion.  Genesis, Yes, Peter Gabriel, and Asia?  Add the name Four Stories Tall to that list.  They've just released a debut recording of uncommon clarity, precision, and soulfulness, called "The Road West," and mark my words, this band is ready for a wider audience.

      Four Stories Tall bill themselves as Texas Prog and it's as apt of a description as can be made.  The musicians who comprise Four Stories Tall,--- three veterans of seminal Lubbock, Texas progressive rock band, Asparagus Nightmares and a guitarist who'd walked away from his instrument for twenty years, have, over the past five years, turned weekend jam sessions and a shared love of progressive rock and jazz fusion into a disciplined, professional, functioning, and musically productive band.  And as a result of this process, the world has a stunning progressive rock masterpiece that transcends the genre.

       Allow me to explain my bold use of the phrase "transcends the genre."

       In May of 1978, I headed for the local record store with a pocketful of birthday cash.  When I came back from the store, I was carrying a copy of the album "Fragile" by Yes.  I didn't know much about Yes.  In fact, nothing at all.  I bought the album because I liked the cover art.  This sort of decision making has failed me numerous times over the years, but fortunately for me in May of 1978, I was rewarded richly for my decision.

       "Fragile" is widely regarded as a progressive rock masterpiece, and though I was completely oblivious to the progressive rock genre at that stage of my musical education, I had no problem appreciating the unique song structures, harmonies, and time signatures that characterized the album.  With "Fragile," Yes transcended the progressive rock genre.  It was not just a great progressive rock album, it was a great rock album.

       And that brings me back to "The Road West."

       From the slow-crawl heaviness and desperation of the albums' opener "Famine," the band shifts gears into a funky groove for the following tune "Brazos de Dios," featuring bedrock rhythm work from bassist Mark Matos and drummer John Wilson.

       Guitarist Mark Turner colors every song with his deceptively understated playing.  Turner is a master of mood, giving character to the trouble-bound narrator of "This is Where the River Brought Me" and a shimmering image of telephone poles in the sun for the tune "Telephone Road."

       Singer/keyboardist Mark Murray shines on vocals on every song, but especially on "Mutt," an empathetic narration from the point of view of a dog that grew famous in the late eighteen-hundreds as a mascot for the Postal Service Railroad operations.  This empathetic quality of Murray's is also well demonstrated on the album's nine-minute closer "The Cotton Farmer's Wife," a country and folk flavored tale spiced with the pedal steel of Texas Country veteran Lloyd Maines and the fiddle of Dustin Ballard.

       Meticulously lived, created, and produced, "The Road West" is a good sign for those of us with high standards for a progressive rock in particular and rock and roll in general.  And it's a testament to the skill and dedication of four friends from Texas who in search of quality music, decided to make it themselves.

       "The Road West" is a masterpiece that deserves to be heard.  It's available on Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby.  And Like 'em on Facebook!

 

Amazon, check..iTunes, check.

Four Stories Tall – The Road West now available on iTunes and Amazon.

For all you folk eagerly awaiting the release of “The Road West” on iTunes, your wait is now over. As of today you can purchase the album and all single songs from “The Road West” in pristine Mastered for iTunes lossless format. These files were generated by our esteemed mastering engineer, Maor Appelbaum who painstakingly assembled the delicate 96kHz/24 bit masters of our project one byte at a time under a microscope with a pair of really tiny tweezers. He then painted the binary code of each 24 bit word onto 1,542,973,862 individual grains of rice and shipped them to Apple, where a crew of eye-patch-wearing minions reassembled the code into Apples high resolution lossless m4a file format. It took longer than expected, but the results are worth the wait.

Now, go to the iTunes music store and buy a copy. Then go back and write a raving five star review. Hate iTunes? Then buy it at Amazon. We are an equal opportunity deployer. Then go to fourstoriestallband.com or CD Baby.com and buy a physical CD so you can look at John Wilson’s amazing cover artwork and have a really cool looking train wheel coaster. Better yet, put it in your disc player and listen to it in it’s full epic glory! And while you are listening, write another raving five star review on CD Baby. Hey it’s a 47 minute long album, you’ll also have time to go to Amazon.com and write yet another raving five star review. We’re not kidding! Reviews are gold to us right now and can do a lot to help perpetuate sales for us.

By the way, friends get off your duffs and buy a copy. It will cost you less than lunch or a good pint of craft brew and it will last forever. Then put all YOUR friends in a spinning toe hold until they like us on facebook and buy their own copies of “The Road West”. That’s an order!

Free Downloads with Purchase!

Hurry, this offer ends on my birthday May 27th.  With the purchase of a CD you will get a free compilation of MP3’s.  You may ask. “why would i want MP3’s when i could just rip the CD i purchase?”  The answer my friend is that these MP3’s are not your typical junk you get from the major online music retailers.  These MP3’s were created by Mr. Applebaum (Yes,Faith No More), the guy who mastered our album.  Top Notch!

Here is how you do it: Go to the ‘Store’ Page (click here) and add both the CD and the The Road West – MP3 Compilation to your cart.  You will see a spot in your cart to enter a coupon code, which is aweedram.  Be sure to include your correct email when purchasing ’cause your download link comes with your emailed receipt.

Enjoy!!

peace, – John David

In The Groove

This is not the background music of your lifestyle. It is not intended to be the soundtrack for your aerobics session. It was not optimized for competitive levels or playback through $5.00 earbuds. This album was created with our earliest music experiences in mind. We remember a time when we saved our meager earnings to go to the record store and purchase an album. We had to be very selective because we could only afford to buy one. We pored over the albums in the store and finally selected “the one” that would be our musical nectar for weeks/years to come. We would hurry home, remove the shrink wrap, carefully remove the album from it’s sleeve, place it on the turntable, gently lower the tone arm to the lead in groove, plop down in the sweet spot between the speakers and experience the sonic journey this very special piece of vinyl would take us on. It is our sincere hope that this work will do the same for you.