Bacardi-ac Arrest This CD tries to capture the Island feel of life in the Southern Coastal United States. It has been referred to collectively as "Salt-Water Vacation Music" but to be a bit broader I have always called it "Seafood Rock." Someone called it "Tropical Country" once but that doesn't have the "I'm-on-vacation, where's -my-wallet" sensation that "Seafood Rock" has. There is some regional bias as well as a lot of tongue-in-cheek southern stuff, many colorful expressions, and some perplexing human condition situations to which many can relate. Others wish they could relate. At any rate, there is some great guitar picking, decent singing, lots of good harmonies and steel drums and a fun bunch of songs. 'Hope you like it!............ROB THE SONGS Track 1. "Welcome To The Island" .....This song should probably have been placed deeper in the record as it may tick off people that move to the south. It is "Tropical Rock" and blames northerners for everything from bad sweet tea to bringing hurricanes and not understanding seafood. It explains life from the standpoint of someone vacationing on Hilton Head Island who decides to move here, thereby interrupting the lifestyle of those already here. This song seemed totally tongue-in-cheek and harmless to me but I've gotten a few bad vibes from people at my show. Oh, well. Okay, if Ohio State ever beats the 'Gators at something then I might change the words but until then, it stays....... Track 2. "Hurricane Hilton Head Fashion" .....Every year it seems we have a hurricane scare as the "Cone Of Death" is drawn at the Weather Channel. People freak out and leave to beat the traffic and the Island is so pleasant and quiet. There are always great waves to surf as well and since everyone is off work it's surf city, here we come. I don't know how to describe this song musically other than to say it is acoustic, easy-listening and moves along pretty quickly, like Charlie as opposed to Floyd or Hugo. Lyrically it adds a few southern/northern tensions (why do I keep doing that?) and describes several common things that occur during a hurricane evacuation. Fast Eddie Ellis on drums adds some great feel as does Jim Fuscone on lead acoustic guitar. For some reason I really like this song a lot. Track 3. "A Real Man".....A girl I used to work with inspired this tune. She looked at me once with a bright orange Wal Mart bottle tan and said that "everyone seemed so imitation." It was all I could do to keep a straight face. It is pure country, talking about Sonny's Bar-B-Que and Zirconium rings. There is some really good lead guitar played by Jim Fuscone and the harmonies are subtle and very country. This song has gotten the most attention of all the songs on this CD so far. All my Caribbean friends like "Welcome To The Island" but I have a lot of red-neck friends, too. This is their favorite. And there is no better bar-b-que than Sonny Tillman's. Go Gators!! Track 4. "Another Place, Another Time".....My long-time friend Shannon Tanner and I used to travel to Colorado as a duo and we decided we needed to write a song about our up-coming Colorado trip. He suggested the first few lines. I suggested the next and he said "No." He added the next few and I said "How about this.." and he said "No." This went on until "we" had written pretty much the entire first verse. Then he had to go home. So while he was gone I wrote the chorus, second verse, and the bridge, then put it together and played it for him before he got to his house 45 minutes away. It is Southern Rock style with Jim Fuscone's great licks, (a la Dicky Bettes, Outlaws rip-off) to finish the song off. Shannon sings back-up vocals and plays some killer harmonica as well. He and Jim played many identical riffs at identical points in the song without ever hearing each other's ideas. It was pretty cool. Track 5. "The Island, Mon".....My friend and fellow Jehovah's Witness Geoff Gottschalk brought me two sets of lyrics to put to music. Both had great ideas but needed a lot of changes. So I maneuvered words around, added verses and bridges and put them to music. This one is "Tropical Rock" with a country vein running through it (meaning it's country w/ a steel drum). It's about a guy who is in need of an Island vacation and he is planning the trip in his mind. I think he is a southern guy in a cubicle in Atlanta as opposed to a Canadian who needs to head south, ayhh. I really need to learn a few more guitar licks as I beat a few of the same ones to death in a solo but they fit. I hope Geoff likes it but he disappeared on me and I can't find him. Geoff, if you ever read this, give me a call! Track 6. "Carolina Shuffle".....I wrote this song forever ago about a girl I was crazy about. I was such a twit that I didn't know how to handle the situation and as it was not working out, I wrote the song to voice my frustration and defensive flippancy. (Calling Dr. Laura) Realism sets in during the last verse and then it ends with a kind of musical..."Oh, well. Who cares." It's a little jazzy, although I can't stand jazz (except Dixieland) so I'll refer to it as "Seafood Rock" but maybe more specifically, "Acoustic Southern Soulful Jazzy Seafood Rock." There's even a fake French horn solo that was put in to fill space until Dean St. Hillair could record a sax. Dean liked the fake horn so we left it in. It's either genius or garage-band; I'm not sure which. Track 7. "Block Out The Moon".....Clay Rice is a 'nearly-famous' performer/writer from Charleston, SC (James Island) who wrote this song lamenting the changes he's witnessed as he has watched the South Carolina coast become over-developed with commercial interests and hoards of people. I added a couple of verses and altered some of the lyrics to fit the Hilton Head area and I am really happy Clay let me destroy his masterpiece. This is my favorite song on the album as it strikes a very personal chord with me as I reminisce often about Hilton Head of the 1950\'s and 60\'s. Obviously the Island has changed a lot for the better also, but this song creates a kind of 'Gone With The Wind' feeling in me as I relate to the lifeguard in this song who ultimately gets disillusioned and leaves the area. It reflects upon a simpler time period, less flashy and not money-driven, smaller, tackier but perfect; One that only exists in my mind now. It would have to be categorized as obvious "Seafood Rock". Okay, maybe that's still not obvious. Track 8. "Over-Medicated".....Another "Southern Soulful Blues-y Seafood Rock" tune with 'Jim the Fuzzy Cone' playing some fast, raucous, electric blues licks. Carroll Brown once said of Jim's guitar playing..."Man, if I could play like that guy, I'd be as good as that guy." If you know the 'nearly famous' Carroll Brown you would know that it was an extreme compliment for Jim. The guy in the song freaks out over the two things musicians usually freak out about.....women and paying jobs. So he chemically alters the situation, and himself, by accidentally over- indulging in legal medication. Again, it's a freak-out, not a recreational indulgence. The moral of the song is..."Don't do that." Listen to your mother's wholesome advice and do better. There is a plethora of original similes in this song. They just kept jumping out during the writing of it which took two sessions of about a half hour each. Most of my songs are literally twenty-year efforts. I don't know what happened with this one. Track 9. "I've Got The Hits".....I spent three winter Seasons working on St. Croix with Shannon Tanner. We teamed up with Andy McCraw and became known as "Andy and The McCrawdads." Andy wrote this song about a guy (he wishes himself) who becomes a famous country singer but he pays the price by losing his wife to his best friend. It's a really clever song and it gripes me when I hear people say it's their favorite one on the album. It's un-apolo getically "Country" and has Andy singing a lot of the back-ground vocals. What I remember most about recording this song is that I drove to St. Augustine, Fl to have my good friend JB Miller play bass for the bulk of the album. During the recording of this one, as he was playing we discussed Florida Gator basketball and the odds of a repeat national championship. He had never heard the song before but could still discuss sports, figure the song out, and play it at a studio level at the same time. JB was my duo partner through UF years. The two of us were called the "Joe Brown Trio." Alright, that's just clever and you know it! Track 10. "Bacardi-ac Arrest".....We were having dinner with a friend and he said something about a drunk guy who went into cardiac arrest. I thought he said "Ba..cardi-ac arrest and it really cracked me up. So I had to write a song to fit the title. I wasn't sure whether to have the guy in the song drink too much and have the arrest or if he should be sent into Bacardi-ac arrest because of the cost of the afternoon. It came out to include both. This one is "Tropical Seafood Rock" and has happened both ways at every pool and tiki bar I've ever played. Clyde Jones plays the bulk of the steel drums on this album and he hits some weird harmonies on this track that I love. I try to duplicate these while playing live but it doesn't come out just right. My youngest daughter Daryl Ann sings some background vocals and sounds great. Good job, DA! There are only seven songs contained on this CD that I ever do live and this one gets the best response of them all, (actually, tied with "A Real Man") probably because people relate to this scenario at a typical venue that I play, i.e., over-priced ocean-side pool bars. It is also my first bass playing ever. 'Probably sounds like it, too! Track 11. "Northern Lights".....Your basic Country love ballad with the cool idea of a northern girl's beautiful eyes being referred to as the 'Northern Lights'. There is a relief of the southern/northern tension that sometimes appears on this project as the guy forgoes his previous notions and expectations of love and falls for a dang yankee,...I mean a lovely girl from the north. Geoff Gottschalk came to me with 4 pages of words for this song. I edited it, put it to music and added the bridge, using some of his lyrics from different verses and some of my own. Jim plays some neat slide guitar and Shannon again adds some good feeling harp. It's so home-spun that Opie Taylor should be singing it. I don't think Geoff has ever heard this song. Track 12. "Jamoka Shake" .....More Seafood Rock; No way! This is a David Reuter song that I loved but thought was just too short. I added the verses and turned his existing lyrics into the chorus. JB Miller almost hurt himself playing the "sweet potato" bass to this as it cooks right along. He and Clyde make this recording a lot of fun. My daughter Amanda does a great job singing background vocals which again made it that much more special. Thanks, 'Manda. When I first wrote the extra lyrics in 1987 I was being dumped by a girlfriend who I don't think (looking back) even knew that we were dating. So I ended up in my ultra-comfort zone and went to the Islands, mentally. This is a care-free, happy song that everyone has to like, well, my wife doesn't care for it that much but I think my immediate family has had a few too many servings of Seafood Rock. For me, being in the Islands means everything is alright and this CD is supposed to take you there. THE MUSICIANS Ed Ellis, Drums, ...............raised in and currently resides in Ohio ...bummer, dude! "Fast Eddie", worlds fastest hands, mover of Buddy Rich's drums. That's too long of a story. Edwardo and I have a unique relationship with the number 8. I can't describe it in less than 22,000 words but felt a need to mention it. Ed is a super-talented drummer who worked around my previously recorded stuff with unintentional altering tempos, a drummer's worst nightmare. He drove down from Ohio to record it and hooked me up with an 18 pound, 36\' Redfish (Spot tail bass) in the process. He performs magic all over the country. We met in 1985 at the Crazy Crab Restaurant on Hilton Head while both of us worked the waiting area. An immediate friendship was started and continues to this day. JB Miller, Bass, ................raised in and currently resides in Florida.. Go Gators! JB and I go back to 1980 and the Zoology Department at the University of Florida. He was a student working in Ichthyology and I was a technician in the Marine Biology area. We formed a duo called the "Joe Brown Trio," became great friends and went to many a Gator game together. The two-man trio became very popular on the UF campus and I got way too much confidence from those 4 years of playing with JB. He is a tremendous musician, solid bassist, guitar player and still sings in a band in St. Augustine, FL. He currently is employed by the State of Florida in the State Parks division as a Park Biologist. I still think "JB Miller" is a really cool name. He's also a Gator basketball freak. Jim Fuscone, Lead Guitar, .........raised in Illinois and died on Hilton Head Island, SC I met Jim while I was playing out in Colorado in 1999 at Beaver Creek. He was in the crowd and asked if he could play a song with me as he noticed I had two guitars on stage. I hate doing that with strangers but reluctantly gave in and he proceeded to absolutely nail the thing. As he was exiting the stage after the song I said, "Why don't you play one more to make up for that one." The crowd loved it. He later got back in to full-time music and moved to Hilton Head in 2001where we formed our duo "The Amazing Shrimpheads." We were ultra-high energy for an acoustic duo but saw limited action as we both stayed so busy as solos. Jim passed away less than two months ago (1/28/08) suddenly and unexpectedly. He was my spiritual brother and I hope to see him in the resurrection. He is the fastest guitar player I have ever known and I'm glad we got together for this project and in life, even though he and I never once agreed on a single thing when it came to sports. Cub fan?? Northwestern fan, please! Bulls, or Bears, eeeeuuwwwww!! Hockey??? Sheeesh. What the heck is an Illini? Big-Ten. That's an oxy-moron, etc. Clyde Jones, Steel Drums, .......raised in Trinidad, lives in Florida by way of Bermuda Another Witness brother, Clyde and I met while I was on vacation and he was playing pan at Islands of Adventure in 2001. He was to be vacationing on Hilton Head in a few weeks and we got together and shared spiritual things and all things Caribbean. His wife Carol can whip up the best West Indian food you ever tasted. Clyde is another very fine musician and person and after getting to know him, I instantly knew that when I recorded an original project, he had to be part of it. We did it by mail and telephone and after several technical difficulties, finally got him on tape. It makes the CD and gives it that "Seafood Rock" feel that I was after. Thanks, Brother. Dean St. Hillair, Steel Drums, bass, ...raised in Grenada, lives in South Carolina Dean is one of those guys that is so irritating that I can't stand it. He is a mean bass player, nails the steel drums, plays killer guitar and keyboards, awesome saxophone and has a tremendous voice. Being my favorite Hilton Head guy to go listen to as well as being possibly the nicest guy in the hemisphere, I hoped he would agree to play on my CD. He played bass and some of the steel drums on track 1 and great sax on a song that didn't make the cut. Trust me, that was not due to Dean's efforts. He is a pure, natural musician. My wife and both of my daughters love this guy, as does everyone else. He even brought me some Caribbean pumpkin seeds which are thriving in my front yard...Thanks. Shannon Tanner, BG Vocals and Harmonica,...raised and currently lives in South Carolina Shannon and I met in 1984 when I heard someone from the crowd singing background harmonies at a place I was playing. He has become huge in this area and in Colorado where he has been wildly successful as a solo entertainer. We also hit it off immediately and became best of friends, forming the "Tanner & Ingman" duo. That was back when we had hair. Actually I always called it "Ingman & Tanner" but he won out. We traveled together to Colorado as a duo several times and did the same in St. Croix. It was WAY too much fun and we have had many non-repeatable experiences along the way playing music. We broke out guitars one time in the Miami airport while waiting for a plane to take us to the Virgin Islands and drew a respectable crowd. We still get together a couple of times a year for fun and it never disappoints. Shannon sings BG vocals on track 4, plays harmonica on tracks 4 and 11 and co-wrote track 4. Pastor Berkey, alias Raunchy Puntsoff, is appreciative for the work on the CD and the friendship. Yoooda man! Andy McCraw, BG Vocals................Raised and currently lives in Georgia, Go Dawgs! Andy wrote the song "I've Got The Hits" and sings BG vocals on it and I've always wanted to record it. He was part of the St. Croix experience with Shannon, Ed Ellis and me. In St. Croix, we had the first annual, and only ever McCrawdad Festival featuring "Andy and the McCrawdads", otherwise known as Tanner & Ingman with Ed Ellis on stolen congas and timbale. It was again one of those never-to-be-duplicated nights. I will not give up trying to get Andy to let me record his best song ever, "Mexico." He remains a respected and good friend, probably because he married so far above himself (which is always a good idea). Hey, I did too! Me......raised in Florida, currently live in South Carolina My wife Desire'e and I met at a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in St. Croix and have been married 19 years. We have two Daughters, Amanda, 18 and Daryl Ann, 14. We also have two Chocolate Labs, 'Smokey' and 'Gator' and snip the fish. Oh, yeah, and Big Mack the 4 ½ foot California King Snake. We live in an area of Hilton Head Island known as Folly Field, one block from the ocean in an old beach house purchased by my Grandmother in 1954. It is in a constant state of re-model as Desire'e is constantly upgrading the house. When we met, I told her I lived on a resort island in a beach house, blah blah blah, and she was picturing something more like Carmel, or Kona, being raised in Hawaii. I didn't tell her it had no heating or air conditioning. The old Bait-n-switch, works every time. We still live in the same house, however totally renovated 3 times. Our children are 4th generation Ingmans in that house which is pretty rare for Hilton Head. We have had a million great family memories, good vacations, excellent beach days, bodacious Colorado years and lots of good friends (with boats!). We aren't planning another Colorado trip which is sad but we're thinking about Florida as an option. I haven't played publicly in Florida since the Joe Brown Trio played the Copper Monkey in 1983! We'll see. I hope you like the CD and I hope all your friends buy a copy of it.............................Thanks! ABOUT THE AUTHOR Taken from an interview with Susan Cates, a free-lance writer and author from Arvada, Colorado For 30 years Robert Ingman has been a professional musician as a working solo guitar player, singer, entertainer. He resides on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, putting in 150-200 dates per year there. He has also spent most of the last 25 years going to Vail, Colorado for the winter season where he puts in another 50-75 dates. He says he has to work that much "'cause I must not be that good!" He has played most all of the solo venues on Hilton Head at one time or another and truly loves the energy of live performance. "It's still fun. I still love it", he admits and has been referred to as a "lifer" by his entertainment peers, some of whom can frequently be spotted in the audience of his shows. His rapport with the audience and crowd participation is a notable feature of his live shows where he blends silly comedy with sophisticated wit and entertaining sound effects. "Sometimes it's very spontaneous and other times it's carefully designed to appear that way. "There are things I have said hundreds of times that I try to make appear as if it were off the cuff. Regulars just roll their eyes when I sing the Hebrew version of 'Brown Eyed Girl\' for the 300th time". Once when asked to play at a private corporate function in Charlotte, NC the organizer asked when the "stand-up comedy portion of the show" would occur. "Apparently the contact setting up the job exaggerated the billing. It was one of the most boring functions I've ever played. I felt this huge pressure to be funny and it bombed". Ingman describes himself as a "reactive" humorist as opposed to a "pro-active" one. "Sometimes it just doesn't happen and other times when you least expect it, you have one of those epoch nights. I wish I knew what the secret was". At 51 years of age, Ingman's repertoire spans several decades and genres. He distributes an exhaustive "Do-List" to his audience and they are encouraged to create his play-list. "That helps me to develop a relationship with the crowd that I might miss out on otherwise". A self-titled "ridiculous Florida Gator fan", Ingman includes a large dose of Southeastern conference football rhetoric and humor in his program laced with a noticeable quantity of tongue-in-cheek, anti-Big Ten sentiment. "We get so many tourists here from Ohio and Michigan that I just have to give them a little dig. They may hate my music but really get involved when I diss the Big Ten, which actually is an oxy-moron. I heard 'Mike & Mike In The Morning' say something about '... in Big Ten action...' and I thought to myself, 'is there really such a thing?'" He says he loves Ohio the best, however, as it's inhabitants have made many a mortgage payment for him over the years. "Mid-Westerners are more fun than most because they drink too much and then just sing and dance a little more. Southern people drink too much and want to fight and slit your tires. And that's the women!" Ingman calls his brand of original music "Seafood Rock". It's easy-listening with solid harmonies but with a definite country nature defined by his acoustic guitar playing. Add to that the continuos references to the Carolina coast and vacation-oriented island settings and, voile', "Seafood Rock." His newest CD offering entitled "Bacardi-ac Arrest" contains 12 songs, 11 of which were written by himself or collaborated on with friends. One track was written by his friend Andy McCraw who he met while working in St. Croix. McCraw supplies the background vocals on the track as does Shannon Tanner on their collaborative effort "Another Place, Another Time". Other very capable performers, Ed Ellis on Drums, the late Jim Fuscone on lead guitars, Dean St. Hillair on bass and steel drums, JB Miller on Bass, and Clyde Jones on steel drums add their talents and the finished product is tremendous. "All these guys are my good friends. I have a great relationship with them outside of music and it makes this project special to me. I do wish I hadn't felt so rushed and had had limitless production money, but all in all I think it came out pretty good". Actually most think it came out better than "pretty good" and there has been some interest by producers in the third track entitled "A Real Man," a novelty song about a completely phony girl bemoaning her inability to find a 'real man'. It's well written and clever with a straight-ahead country flavor. "With the exception of 'A Real Man' I'm not sure if my songs have a broad appeal once you get outside of this region of the country. It would be fun to be proven wrong, though".