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After 20 years as a member of Phish, Page McConnell found himself looking for something to do after the group’s breakup in 2004.
McConnell decided to go into the studio just to record some music. As he spent more time there, he decided to record an album of original material. The result of the year-and-a-half in the studio is McConnell’s self-titled debut CD.
Page McConnell (Legacy Recordings) is a collection of nine songs that showcase his talents as a singer-songwriter and a musician. Along with co-producer Jared Slomoff (who also played guitar), McConnell was joined in the studio by legendary drummer Jim Keltner, guitarist Adam Zimmon and the other members of Phish: Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman.
“It was in the back of my mind [to record an album],” McConnell says. “After I finished six or seven of the songs, I decided to do the album. The material I recorded benefited from the time that I had to work on it; I’m not a fast songwriter. But I had nothing but time.”
The opportunity to record with Keltner was a dream come true for McConnell.
“To work with Jim Keltner has been on my ‘wish list’ for years,” he says. “He is one of my favorites. I reached out to Jim, he responded, and came into the studio in New York. Jim is a super nice guy and to work with him was so cool.”
McConnell pointed out that he plans to only be out on the road two weeks at a time, probably through the end of the year. He says these mini-tours could be beneficial to everyone involved.
“I feel that getting out on the road and doing some shows is going to be a good thing for this band and the material we’ve worked on,” McConnell adds.