the Rocket Drums on “American Garage” by Don Campbell


Two years in the making, American Garage has 11 new original Don Campbell songs as well as two covers. Without a flicker of doubt, this collection of songs displays Don’s creative range as songwriter, singer, musician and producer like no previous project.  This is an adult contemporary album with hints of country, bluegrass and even some rock acoustic sounds…classic American music.

Don wrote the original songs over the last year, and inspiration came from subjects as diverse as Pat Tillman (Red, White & Blue Heart); to Dads/ (My Old Garage & The Hero in Me); to different expressions of love (You & Me; Let It Show & Beautiful Rain); to the environment (Tilt-a-Whirl) to the phenomenon of the show, American Idol (Heavens Open Up Now) to transition and making moves (Faster Than Lightnin’ & Cut Off My Ear – two of the most uptempo numbers on the project!) to what ended up being the final addition to the collection…a song called “Finding Your Way Home”, inspired by the deaths of two very influential music men, Brad Delp and Bill Chinnock.  For the listeners’ dessert, Don has provided two cover tunes at the end of the CD – a power ballad version of Tom Waits’ ‘Ol 55 and an uptempo bluegrass version of Meat Loaf’s “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad”.

Bandmates Andy Happel, Todd Richard & Sumner McKane recorded on the project in Don’s Maine & Tennessee studios over the year.  Tonya Shevenell – Executive Producer of the project and Peter Shevenell – Graphic Designer of the project.  This CD contains 16 page liner notes containing lyrics and song prologues as well as live photos of the band.