In the spring of 1980, I was going through some major changes. A car accident in 1979 left me with a herniated disc that laid me up for months, which meant playing the guitar was next to impossible. During my recovery phase I had a lot of time to think about what I wanted to do next.
One door closes, another one always opens… while I was laid up, I decided I needed to start working on my songs again, so I signed on at a recording studio to do some office work in exchange for studio time, and started writing. It was the beginning of a whole new phase. Si Garber’s Goldrush Recording Company became my home away from home for the better part of a year, and I practically lived in the basement of the old Vancouver Film Exchange Building in Kitsilano that summer.
With Si in the studio, I recorded my first 45 rpm single at Goldrush: Back to LA on the A side and Come On Home on the B side. Session musicians included Dan Smith and Ian Berry from 6 Cylinder, a legendary local band who were riding the wave of their album release in 1979. Dan quickly became my favourite slide guitar player and we played more sessions and live gigs together over the years.
CFMI was the first station to play the single, and it got sent to every station across Canada before disappearing beneath the airwaves (I really had no clue at that point about this thing called marketing…), but it was my first moment of real audio glory, and I savoured every minute of it!
Alison Hogan: acoustic guitar + vocals
Dan Smith: slide guitar
Ian Berry: tenor sax + piano
Ken Dalgleish: fender rhodes
Shelly Kantrow: bass
Nels Guloien: drums
Recorded at Goldrush Studio * Vancouver BC * 1980
Engineered by Si Garber + Phil Posner