Lightning, featuring Richard Bicknell and band members Steve Boyes and Scott
Patton, was recorded at Exocet Studios. Scott Patton produced the band's third album, which
was released in 2003.
Singers who joined
them on the album include Eric Taylor, Denice Franke, David
Olney, Kelly Hogan and Anne Boston.
singer-songwriter Eric Taylor produced several songs on the album. Taylor came
out of the Houston music scene that produced Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, and Nanci
Griffith and the late Townes
Van Zandt. He's a two-time winner at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival competition
and his work has been recorded by Griffith and Lovett.
Franke, also from Texas, recorded and toured with Doug Hudson as Hudson and Franke for about 12
years, as well as performing background vocals for Nanci Griffith, Robert Earl Keen and Hal
Ketchum. As a solo performer, she has produced two critically
Over an impressive professional career spanning four decades, Nashville singer-songwriter David
Olney has built a reputation as a performing songwriter with a sharp literary mind. His songs have been covered by
such singers as Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. The late, great Townes Van Zandt famously compared his songwriting to that of Mozart, Bob Dylan
and Lightnin' Hopkins.
formerly of The Jody Grind and The Rock*A*Teens, a longtime
Atlanta singer now living in Chicago, sings harmony on the
album, along with Anne Boston of the Swimming Pool Q's.
Eric Taylor and David Olney were
also featured on Bicknell's second album, Mayflower,
along with Katy Moffatt and Robin and Linda Williams. The album includes songs written by Bicknell, plus songs by Steve Forbert, Patty Griffin, Olney, Townes
Van Zandt and Robin and Linda Williams.
Bicknell in a duet on Taylor's song, "Dean Moriarty," which
he produced along with Van Zandt's "St. John the
Gambler." Olney plays the bartender to Bicknell's
Barrymore on Olney's song, "Barrymore Remembers."
Both influential singer-songwriters joined Bicknell as special
guests for the September 1998 CD release concert for Mayflower.
first album, Sometimes Blue, was released in 1994 and
received airplay on adult album alternative stations throughout
the country. Reviews of Sometimes Blue included,
"With just a hint of a twang, Bicknell sings about things
that matter. Imagine taking a ride in a big convertible in some