Sapphire Creek's debut CD - the simplicity of two voices and acoustic guitars. Doug Hanks and Julie Wuertz combine their love of 70's Laurel Canyon folk-rock and classic country to deliver a performance that is laid back and easy on the ears. Enjoy this vocal duo's performance of both classic favorites and original songs. 

Tomorrow on Her Mind

Love’s Gonna Rock Your World

Stay at Home

When You’re Dancing (for Chris and Sarah)

Take Me Home, Country Roads

The West/Sun Hangin' Low

Jackson

Remember Me This Way 

Produced by Sapphire Creek for Lambs in the Meadow Records. © 2014 Lambs in the Meadow Records 

Sapphire Creek lettering by Phil Rupprecht. Photography by Mary Marangio Hanks 

"Tomorrow on Her Mind" Words & music by Doug Hanks. ©2008 & 2014 Lambs in the Meadow Music, BMI

"Love's Gonna Rock Your World" Words & music by Doug Hanks. ©1999 & 2014 Lambs in the Meadow Music, BMI

"When You're Dancing" Words & music by Doug Hanks. ©2000 & 2014 Lambs in the Meadow Music, BMI

"Stay at Home" Words & music by Doug Hanks. ©2014 Lambs in the Meadow Music, BMI

“Take Me Home Country Roads” Words & music by John Denver/Bill Danoff/Taffy Nivert. © 1972 BMG Ruby Songs, Warner Bros. Music Group, Reservoir Media Music - Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

"The West/Sun Hangin' Low" Words & music by Doug Hanks. ©1998 & 2014 Lambs in the Meadow Music, BMI

“Jackson” Words & music by Billy Wheeler/Jerry Lieber. ©1963 Sony/ATV Tunes/Words West LLC

“Remember Me This Way” Words & music by Steve Martin/Edie Brickell. ©2013 LA Films Music, ASCAP/Brick Elephant Music, ASCAP

(At time of CD cover printing, all publishing information was not available.) 

CD PRODUCTION CREDITS

Front cover photo taken in Claremont, CA on a sunny day in May. Back cover photo by Mary Marangio Hanks.

All vocals: Julie Wuertz & Doug Hanks. All guitars: Doug

Each guitar recorded on this CD is acoustic (except the Fender P-bass.) The acoustic guitars Doug played are various Taylor guitars and one Gibson. The Gold Tone Banjitar played on "Love's Gonna Rock Your World" uses a modified Nashville tuning -- the low E and A strings are tuned an octave higher and the high E is drop-tuned to D.

The J.R.R Tolkien Orc-estra under the bent baton of D. Richard Henrys is actually samples from Los Angeles Scoring Strings (LASS), Garritan Personal Orchestra 4, and Garritan Instant Orchestra. Drum and percussion samples are Drums on Demand®.

Doug would like to thank:

  • The many friends and neighbors who encouraged us at the house concerts used to hone these songs, especially Shel & Bernice Clark for the use of their lovely garden home.
  • Nathan Brown for his continued support to be poetic and artistic.
  • James Hood at James Hood Guitar Repair, Escondido, CA (formerly Buffalo Bros.) for his work on the Gibson J-50 and Taylor 514C (They sound fabulous!)
  • The Silverados (Mike, Steve, Scott, Ray, Audrey) for their fine work throughout the season.
  • The Friday 6 A.M. Brandon's men and the Wednesday night couples for their prayer throughout the year.
  • Koen for making me laugh when he counts off songs to twelve and then, at the age of three, plays like he's a rock star. Good job, Big Boy!
  • A special thank you to Julie for agreeing to try something new in music (though we had been doing this for over 20 years together.)
  • And most of all, thanks and love to the lovely Mary for listening to hours and hours of the same music as I recorded and mixed the CD. We did it! 

Julie would like to thank:

  • My dad, Norm, for always being my #1 fan. For always encouraging me and coming as often as he could to see us perform.
  • My mom, JoAnn, for recognizing that music and singing was my passion at a very young age. And for carting me around for rehearsals, performances, and recording sessions for many years. (Extra thanks!)
  • The Silverados-- my second family-- and for being part of my life for the last 20+ years. Love you guys!
  • To Bill, my husband, for everything you do for our family and me. I love you, honey!
  • Daniel and Sarah for just being my wonderful kids. Love my babies!
  • The biggest thank you to Doug for all of his work and creative genius putting this project together. And for that email that started it all: Maybe or Maybe not?? 

Song notes from Doug

"Tomorrow on Her Mind" - First write was in 2008. I put this on Blue Sky Sliding, too. The first line is the schoolyard mantra about teachers on the last day of school. I probably got the idea around the last day of school that year and made it about a girl who explores her newly found freedom.

"Love's Gonna Rock Your World" - I remember playing this in Y2K for some friends at a camp, but I wrote it in 1999.

"When You're Dancing" - Wrote it in 1999 for the wedding of ballet dancers Chris Bonomo and Sarah Spradlin. Now for the mere fun of it, they hike the John Muir Trail through California.

"Stay at Home" - Inspired by an episode of NPR's Story Core - a mom told her daughter of her past life as a sex slave in the U.S. She ran away from home as a teen, got kidnapped in a park, drugged, and worked for nine years as a prostitute. Never stay at home if you are being abused; seek help today! But if it's just a fight with Mom over your iPhone, it's safer at home than out of the mean streets. Some people who can hurt you very badly for a long, long time prowl around out there!

Because human trafficking is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries, the U.S. government and academic researchers are currently working on an up-to-date estimate of the total number of trafficked persons in the United States annually.  With 100,000 children estimated to be in the sex trade in the United States each year, it is clear that the total number of human trafficking victims in the U.S. reaches into the hundreds of thousands when estimates of both adults and minors and sex trafficking and labor trafficking are aggregated. (www.polarisproject.org) 

"The West/Sun Hangin' Low" - First write on this was in 1998. I always intended to record it with an extended orchestral beginning -- a prelude reminiscent of Copland's Open Prairie or something like Randy Newman writes for period films.