Behind The Recording
Eight years in development, Bilbo's Great Adventure is the product
of a songwriter who considers "The Hobbit" to be the greatest adventure fantasy
ever written. It has taken many years of rewrites and collaboration with several musicians
in order to complete this project. Recorded at the world-class Boiler Room and mastered at
SoundStage 1 Productions, both in Climax, MI, Chief Engineer Derek Menchinger guided Kevin
Henry's debut album (acoustic guitar and lead vocal) from the early tracks beginning in
October to completion in December, 1999.
An acoustic presentation, a mix of folk, blues and new-age musical styles keeps this
24-song, sixty-three minute CD moving. (Acoustic rhythm guitarist) Brett Hartenback
doubled as associate producer with Michael Buhagiar (electric lead guitarist and vocal
arranger) as they lent their critical ear to Kevin's work. Emily Magyar (flute) and
Jessica Magyar (rainstick) played beautifully. Jeff Mueller (bassist and dobro) wrote his
own bass patterns, Tom Courtney (mandolin) provided great color and Carolyn Koebel
(percussion) lifted this musical work to new heights. Greg Orr was the invisible, creative
consultant to Kevin. In support from the very beginning (Greg Orr penned the lyrics to
Rivendell in 1993), his production values guided Kevin during the planning stages. And
Greg's positive contribution is evident today in the finished product.
Jeffrey Scott Nay was an easy choice for project artist for Kevin to make (Nay's work as a
commercial artist has been on display in the Battle Creek, MI area for many years.) His
love of "The Hobbit" and "Bilbo's Great Adventure" made it easy for
him to dive into the work of visually interpreting the journey Bilbo takes from The Hill
to Lonely Mountain for the album cover.
Project Coordinator Robert (Bob) Andrus (http://www.applescruffs.com) is Kevin's artistic and
business advisor. He has played a key role in the album's physical development and took on
the responsibility of preparing all of Kevin's design for duplication and delivery. Bob's
work on this project continues as his company Applescruffs Design, LLC maintains this web
From Kevin Henry - "Reading came to me later in life than most. So had music. It
has taken me years to finally appreciate both and, as a result, I present to you this
musical salute to the most important piece of literature to influence my life. Anyone who
hears Bilbo's Great Adventure should not walk, but run to the nearest bookstore and buy
and read The Hobbit. Thank you, Mr. Tolkien, for your wonderful work. If you're listening,
I hope you like this recording."