Recordings & Gear
Janet considers each of her two recordings to be "dreams come true." Having written many good, new songs since her recording project, Janet hopes to get back into the recording studio again soon-ish.
Janet released "Pie and Four Tasty Treats," in early 2015. This "EP-sized" recording features Janet's ukulele playing front and center. Janet is supported by Topher Gayle on guitar and Topher also co-wrote the original songs. Electric bassist Jeff Davis holds up the bottom end. It was a special treat to work with renowned lap steel player Patti Maxine. Guest vocalists known as "The Birch Lake Noodle Choir" helped out on "Losing It" under the direction of Jerry Paul. Hand-percussionist Curtis Swain filled in just where needed. The CD was recorded by Dave Egan at his Santa Cruz studios. Graphics were by Sara Glaser. Janet, Topher, Jeff and Patti performed lengthy sets at the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz on two occasions, which were de facto CD release parties.
Releasing "Ladies Of My Family" was Janet's spiffy way to kick off the millennium. Janet had the privilege of working with Ben Jones, her recording engineer and producer. Guest performers include: Jeff Davis, Robin Flower, Chris Grampp, and Libby MacLaren. The most special guest was a voice from the past - Janet's Mom sings on the last five songs. One May day in 1981, Janet and her Mom performed live at KDVS Radio in Davis and at the last minute the engineer agreed to throw in an old tape. The re-used acetate more or less disintegrated while transferring the data to a newer medium in order to add to the CD. The new songs were mastered at a lower volume to match up seamlessly with the 20-year old material. On this CD, Janet played guitar, mandolin, theremin, banjo and percussion. The photos of Janet were taken by Tanya Rosen-Jones. Ellen Silva worked graphics magic to take archival photographs and size them into the "cathedral windows" of a quilting pattern.
At the moment, these recordings are available directly from Janet Lenore.