Belvedere is an ode to loneliness, to love lost. The topic is not new
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by any means– so I attempted to convey that sense of loss in a non-literal way. Rather than tell the story of how and why the road turned wrong, I threw out images - a tear-stained cheek, laughter thrown among the stones, memories looking for a home - to conjure a mood of loneliness. It leaves the protagonist simply "standing here, outside Belvedere".
Chuck McDermott: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Marco Giovino: Drums
Richard Gates: Bass
Kevin Barry: Electric Guitar, Pedal Steel
Lyle Brewer: Electric Guitar
Duke Levine: Electric Guitar Solo
"People sometimes ask me, "What are some of your favorite records that you've played on?" My answer is along with Robert Plant, Buddy Miller, and Norah Jones, I also list Chuck's Gin & Rosewater. It’s an album of very honest, great songs from top to bottom".
Marco Giovino– Drummer & Producer
"What a refreshing work! A true old school musician. Seriously. Check this out. Songs. By a person that sings with character. A pleasure to have made a contribution."
"As befits a Yale dropout, McDermott makes music with an edge of educated subtlety". Robert Christgau– The Village Voice