Story behind “Complexification: Part II”
Since Jackie Blue came together in May of 2000, we’ve done about 10 years worth of living in the last two years by recording our first CD (Behind Me) and playing throughout the USA’s Midwest (Chicago, Detroit, Toledo, Columbus, and New York city.) On 24 March 2001, in Pontiac, Michigan, our friends and two of the founding members, Chip Thomas and Brent McKay chose to leave the band for personal reasons. Although we wished them well, it was a tough blow to have our two good friends leave.
Tom & Todd started rebuilding the band during the spring of 2001 by advertising in the Detroit Metrotimes newspaper and on several internet websites. We were fortunate to find the guitar playing, globetrotting, funkster himself: Chris Mick. Now as a three piece, we spent the summer, fall, and winter of 2001 playing with a variety of singers. But, lightning did not appear to be striking twice.
Having gone through over 50 auditions, Todd described it best: “We were in singer hell.” When we first hooked up with Chris, there was an instantaneous connection both musically and personally and we were looking for the same in a singer. On 11 February 2002, Carrie Firth walked into our lives. And lightning had struck twice.
Now as a four person writing team and band, the songs came fast and furious. Writing and recording over 20 songs and whittling them down to the ones you hear on this CD was a lot of sweat but well worth it for us. A lot of the pent up energy and frustration is captured here, so seek your doctor’s opinion prior to using this CD or any other prescription medication.