The Good Guys

Happy Holidays Everyone!

I’m writing today announce my latest and most ambitious rock n roll project called The Good Guys. We are planning to release this album by the end of 2019 and recording for this has gotten underway at Paul Smith’s state-of-the-art Eight Days a Week recording studio in Northumberland, PA.

In fact, I celebrated my 50th birthday last week by doing an incredibly productive recording session with Paul along with drummer Ron Simasek, vocalist Mycenea Worley, guitarist Phil Brosius, multi-instrumentalist Bret Alexander and my son, audio engineer Jake Albano. Some of you may know Phil from his extensive work with many local bands and Mycenea, an award winning singer-songwriter and current member of the group The Pleiades. You may also remember Bret, Paul and Ron as long time members of the internationally acclaimed rock group The Badlees and current members of the rock group Gentlemen East. So I am incredibly humbled to have this posse of top-notch musicians and production team with over a century of combined experience at all levels of the music industry.

The Good Guys will be the fourth overall album of original music under the name Sinclair Soul. The Journey was completed in early 2017 and released in June of that year, last winter we recorded a second album Reflections of Relevance (released this past March), and over the summer we produced and released the third album, Nine Fine Lines. This new album will feature quality songs of an interpersonal nature with topics ranging from the serious and somber to the joyful and fun. I’ve written these songs over the past year and have been performing them acoustically throughout 2018 and now, with the addition of the quality musicians and vocalists, these songs will grow sonically to include entertaining and rewarding elements of vast musical genres such as blues, folk, country, jazz, and of course, rock n roll.

You can read more on The Good Guys project at SinclairSoul.com

All of the previous work I’ve done has been 100% self funded, but with this new and ambitious The Good Guys project, I have launched my first ever crowd funding campaign through Patreon. With this, I’m asking for a very modest monthly contribution in exchange for exclusive content that is not available anywhere else. I’ve set up three basic tiers with each progressively giving access to more exclusive content.

The most modest $3 “Tin” tier includes an archived video of live performances of songs not seen before on video, many of which are cover tunes of songs I may have only performed once or twice, so these are fun little gems.

The middle tier is “Copper” at $5 per month and includes the aforementioned video series plus a second video series of special, storytelling and behind-the-scenes videos as we make this new music and/or reflect back on previous original songs.
The current top tier is “Bronze” at $7 per month and the level at which I encourage you to contribute. This includes the previous two video series along with digital copies of the first three Sinclair Soul albums. Starting in January 2019, these will be released one per month to Bronze level patrons and, along with the music, will include additional digital material such as artwork and promos.

If you are interested in becoming a patron, or simply exploring more on this campaign, please click here.

As part of December’s exclusive content, I’ve included a video of a song unlike any I have written before – a Christmas song. To view this, please sign up today as a Copper or Bronze patron. You can also hear me play this song, along with several traditional holiday tunes, this coming Friday night (December 21st) during my annual Sinclair Soul Christmas show at Cornerstone Coffeehouse in Camp Hill, PA from 7:30-9:30 pm. I hope to see some of you there.

Thank you for your time and consideration and have a very Merry Christmas.

Saturation Acres Recording Studio


Saturation Acres flagSaturation Acres is a recording studio located in DuPont, PA. It is owned and operated by Bret Alexander, songwriter, guitarist, and producer for The Badlees, a band which reached national success in the 1990s and continues to enjoy great regional success to this day. Alexander opened Saturation Acres in 1999 at its original location near Danville, PA along with fellow Badlee Paul Smith. The duo had recently recorded and produced the Badlees’ album Amazing Grace independently in Alexander’s basement, after the band found itself in major label “limbo” the previous year. The result was an album that sounded as good as anything coming from the major studios and a rekindled fire by Alexander and Smith to do more studio work (both had started out as studio engineers before forming the Badlees in 1990).

For nearly a decade and a half, the studio has been the most highly regarded and respected in Central Pennsylvania as hundreds of projects have been produced at Saturation Acres. These projects have crossed the musical spectrum from hard rock/heavy metal to country/Americana and just about everywhere between. There is also a great diversity in the level of artists with national acts like Breaking Benjamin and Darcie Miner recording in the same place as scores of regional acts like Mycenea Worley, HotWingJones, Ed Randazzo, and a list too long to reasonably list here. Most of the Cygnus Wave releases have had ties with Saturation Acres to varying degrees, with the Imaginary Lines and Animal Society albums having the deepest affiliations.

Bret Alexander in the control room at Saturation AcresIn 2007, Smith left the studio as a full-time partner (although he still works on many projects) and Alexander decided to relocate to the less rural, current setting in the heart of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton corridor of Northeastern PA. Although the studio has lost some of the mystique of its former remote setting, it’s new locations gains much in convenience for artists. Alexander says the most rewarding aspect of his work is when he takes a mish-mash of ideas within a band and forges them into a cohesive direction. As he put it in an interview a few years ago;

It’s so cool to get them in a room, and get them on the same team, and start to figure out exactly who they are. And all of a sudden, it’s like ‘OK. Now we know. Now we know who we are, and what we’re good at. Before, they were just playing.”

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Ric Albano