Tomorrow, Boo Ray, native of Western North Carolina and wayward country troubadour, is set to release Sea of Lights, his most recent record, on vinyl.Released digitally last year, Ray has teamed with Kindercore Vinyl, based in Athens, Georgia, for this project. Kindercore is pushing the vinyl technology envelope. with a goal of offering vinyl pressings free of petroleum products within the foreseeable future. Sea of Lights is the very first pressing from Kindercore, and the collaboration between the company and Boo Ray is set to continue, as a series of duet singles is already in the can and ready to be released.I recently chatted with Boo about sharing tape machines with Bob Dylan, tattoos, and working with Kindercore.BRO – You recorded Sea of Lights on the same machine Bob Dylan used to record Nashville Skyline. That’s good company, right?BR – You bet. I believe in the ghost in the machine. My producer and great friend, Noah Shain, got that old Ampex 300 and called me as soon as he had it up and running. These old tape machines are quite the contraptions. They’re all pulleys, levers, and springs, and it takes half an alchemist to really operate one well. It’s just not about the tape machine, though. It’s about the relationship between the engineer/producer has with the tape machine and the entire signal chain. API consoles and Ampex tape machines were apparently made for each other and are a great pairing. These records I’m making with Noah are designed on the front end to be manufactured and listened to on vinyl.BRO – How did you develop a relationship with Kindercore?BR – I’ve been kicking around Athens on and off for years and Kindercore has always been real cutting edge with acts like Maserati and Japancakes. Kindercore and I are Athens townies.BRO – What can you tell me about the duet series you have planned?BR – It’s an A-side/B-side vinyl single collaboration series with other singer/songwriters. So far, the way it’s going down is the A-side is an original song I write with the other singer and the B-side is a cover song we do together. It’s getting interesting. Stylistically, it’s allowing me to do some things a little outside what you’d expect to hear on one of my records. We’ve covered some interesting songs and written songs I am really proud of. So far, I’ve finished collaborations with Elizabeth Cook, Lilly Winwood, Critter Fuqua, Wade Sapp, and Rachel Rowland. We’ve got a few others we’re excited to announce. These singles begin releasing sometime real soon.BRO – We are featuring “Sea of Lights” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?BR – That song’s the relief I needed as my life was falling apart just when I got the call from Noah Shain to come to Los Angeles and make a new record. It’s about my ongoing love affair with Los Angeles and the long haul. You know, you just can’t tell what’s around the corner. You never know what worse luck your bad luck saved you from.BRO – I’ve noticed you sport two full sleeves. What was your first tattoo? Any plans for your next?BR – Yeah, I am pretty covered in tattoos. My first couple of big tattoos were from Freddy Negrete and Marcus Kuhn. And, yes, I am scheming on some new ink. Mastering engineer/record producer Pete Lyman and I are fixing to get tattoos at Chris Saint Clark’s Kustom Thrills. I’m an official endorser of Olathe Boot Company and they sent me the stitching design that goes on their boots. I’m going to have the Olathe toe medallion stitching pattern tattooed on the tops of my feet.You can check out all of Boo Ray’s tattoos and tunes from Sea of Lights tonight and tomorrow around Nashville.For more information on Boo Ray, the new record, or when he will be hitting a stage near you, check out his website.And if you want to learn more about the cool things going on at Kindercore Vinyl, surf here.
Bar seeks calm after Charley’s storm Bar seeks calm after Charley’s storm Work underway to get court system back up and running Many lawyers have been displaced from their offices in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley, and are in acute need of assistance.Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson said the Bar’s Law Office Management Assistance Service is organizing and coordinating the exchange of information between lawyers and firms offering space and equipment to those affected by Hurricane Charley, either directly or indirectly.Johnson said if your law firm has available space in the form of a vacant office or conference room and would be willing to make it available for use without charge on a short-term basis to a firm geographically situated near you, e-mail [email protected] or call LOMAS toll free at 1-866-730-2020.“Offers of administrative support such as use of a photocopier, fax machine, telephone lines, and other offers of assistance, even without availability of space, will also be coordinated and facilitated through this office,” Johnson said. September 1, 2004 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Associate EditorA jail without air-conditioning became a makeshift courtroom in Charlotte County, where Hurricane Charley aimed its most ferocious winds.There, amid the heat and humidity, Charlotte County Judge Walter Wayne Woodard orchestrated emergency hearings for domestic violence, juvenile matters, and criminal first-appearances as rapidly as he could.Every other court hearing or trial in Charlotte County will just have to wait until the crisis is over — an estimated two weeks until the end of August.“We are reporting back to the chief justice day-by-day,” said 20th Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Hugh Hayes, of Naples, on August 16.“It’s pretty clear that we won’t be operational for this week, and we can only do those minimal things. The earliest for Charlotte is probably the week of the 23rd. But I don’t think that will happen.”Word of canceled court proceedings was easily spread to lawyers through the media, said 20th Judicial Circuit Court Administrator Caron Jeffreys, who lives in South Ft. Myers.“I think everybody just understands the situation we are in and everyone is patient,” Judge Hayes said. “The only county with a significant backup is Charlotte. Once we are good to go, we will use the majority of our senior judge time. We anticipate being down two weeks.”Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Pariente gave an order of suspension, and a proclamation that said: “The Court must do everything it can to guarantee the rights of litigants who have missed or might miss legal deadlines due to the storm.”Judge Hayes said, “We will suspend demands for speedy trial, so we don’t get caught in a bind on those. We are obviously trying to address the issue and don’t want the jail to get overcrowded in Charlotte. Now, we have an extra population coming in for looting and curfew violations.”The chief justice even offered to come to Punta Gorda to help out, Judge Hayes said, but he told her it wasn’t necessary.“My office was in touch with Chief Judge Hayes throughout the weekend to make sure he had and continued to receive any resources he needed to meet this emergency,” Chief Justice Pariente said.“Like every court in Florida, the people who work in the 20th Circuit are part of our extended court family, and we were deeply worried. Fortunately, it appears that our family in Southwest Florida and everywhere along the hurricane’s path is OK.“And one of the greatest ironies of this entire episode is that, while we initially could not reach anyone at the 20th Circuit by phone on Saturday due to downed lines, we were able to reach them by an e-mail that Caron Jeffreys received on a portable device. Her e-mail response was how we first received word,” Pariente said.Meanwhile, Lee County courts planned to be up and running by August 18, even though Hayes said many of the judges still don’t have electricity at their Ft. Myers homes.“We will still open up Wednesday (August 18), whether we have power or not,” Judge Hayes said. “We have to make the system work.”He praised the hard work of Judge Woodard to keep must-do hearings going in Charlotte County, “a great bunch of judges” circuit-wide, and State Attorney Stephen Russell and Public Defender Robert Jacobs for pulling together in an emergency.“I couldn’t ask for a better group of people,” Hayes said. “Everybody, without exception, is working well together and sensitive to everyone’s needs.”Lee County shipped its juvenile defendants to Naples., where Collier’s courts were open August 16, along with Glades and Hendry counties.In Orlando, the Ninth Judicial Circuit courts remained closed until August 23, and The Florida Bar’s Orlando branch office was closed from Friday afternoon, August 13 through the 17th because there was no power.Jan Wichrowski, chief of the Orlando branch office of discipline counsel, said employees returned to work August 18 to find backed-up sewers. At least the power was back on, she said, something 25 percent of Orlando couldn’t claim.The Orlando office is in the College Park area that was heavily damaged, with downed massive oaks.“Our office was lucky,” Wichrowski said. Except for one attorney’s car smashed by a fallen tree and another employee with a blown-out window at her home, everyone was OK.“We will do what we can and get through our mail today,” Wichrowski said August 18. “But I don’t know how long we can stand to stay. We want to be here for the public,” noting disasters bring attorney solicitation complaints.Hayes and Jeffreys navigated storm-ravaged Charlotte County the second and third days after Charley left thousands homeless, several dead, and 70,000 homes and businesses in the dark. They inspected damage to the Charlotte County Courthouse, in Punta Gorda’s devastated downtown.“The court building itself was one of the few buildings that fared well,” Jeffreys said. “The court building appeared to sustain no structural damage. The engineer took a look, and the first assessment was structural shifting. But then after more evaluation, it appears the shifting was done in a non-load-bearing wall.”Jeffreys said she was stunned to see within the same block “the level of devastation. Unimaginable!”Judge Hayes described the surreal sensation of maneuvering around Punta Gorda:“You think you know a community, and then you come to an intersection and there are no stop lights and no street signs,” Hayes said.“The biggest criteria to bring stability back to the community is to bring water and food, and then stay out of the way of Florida Power and Light,” Hayes said.Craig McLean, court technology officer for the 20th Circuit, said he has been most impressed watching a convoy of 25 trucks roll in from as far away as Illinois and Tennessee to help restore power.“It’s like watching the calvary coming,” McLean said. “It almost sent goosebumps watching this big, organized machine at work.”Law enforcement officers on loan from other counties were in abundance to keep the peace and continue to search for survivors with canine units.“It’s going to be a while before we return to the status quo,” Jeffreys said. “When you look at the level of destruction and look at the fact this has taken families down to the very basic fundamentals, the very basics of life. Literally, families don’t even have a place to go to the bathroom. The response to all of the surrounding communities has been incredible, just an incredible show of compassion.”As for returning the courts to normalcy in the entire 20th Judicial Circuit, Hayes said: “It’s going to be slow. It’s not the first time it’s happened, and it won’t be the last. We’re going to work through it.”Assistance to lawyers available Hurricane Charley resources now on the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org The following information is available on the Bar’s Web site — www.flabar.org — in English and Spanish:• Government assistance toll-free numbers.• Legal assistance information for Charley victims who cannot afford to hire a lawyer.• Information on how lawyers may volunteer to help hurricane victims.• Florida Bar resources, including consumer pamphlets for the public and what lawyers should do after a hurricane hits.• Information on court closings and emergency operation procedures.• Law Office Management Assistance Service coordinating exchanges of information between lawyers and law firms.• How to donate to Florida Attorneys Charitable Trust (ACT) disaster relief fund.• Lawyer conduct and Bar Ethics Hotline information.• How to contact Charlotte County government officials.