For Immediate Release
April 26, 2013
Second Wind Gets a Second Chance with Eudora
Folk duo reunites after 30-year absence, releases acoustic folk EP as Autism Benefit
Eudora, KS -- Thirty years ago, singer/songwriters Mike Farley and Dave Kenna were familiar faces on Long Island’s folk-rock circuit. They frequented the area’s bars and coffee shops with their acoustic duo, Second Wind, trading harmonies and sharing guitar duties. The band fizzled out as the two grew older... only to be revived in late 2012, when a routine long weekend turned into an inspired recording session.
Eudora sits in a cozy pocket of northeastern Kansas. It’s a small city, mostly known for its proximity to Kansas City and its handful of famous residents, including Leave It To Beaver actor Hugh Beaumont. It’s also the name of Second Wind’s new EP, which Farley and Kenna recorded after meeting up in Kansas City to attend an NFL football game. The official release date was April 2, and Eudora will soon be available on iTunes, Amazon and most digital platforms.
“We hadn't played together in a really, really long time,” Farley explains, “but this past October, when we got together as we do every year for an NFL game, Dave asked if I wanted to record together for posterity sake. At first, I wasn't sure... but then I thought, "Why not?" So I wrote a new song for this project, Dave wrote one, and he sent me one unfinished track that I finished.”
The project grew from there, with the two adding a cover of Jim Croce’s “Which Way Are You Goin’” and another pair of original tunes. One of those, “Foxhole,” is a track Farley wrote about he and his wife raising a son with autism, and plans are to donate most of the proceeds from the sale of Eudora to an autism-related charity.
At the suggestion of one of Farley’s PR clients, they left Kansas City and recorded the EP at a small studio in Eudora with Ed Rose at Black Lodge Recording, where they captured the songs with simple, focused arrangements. The result is a collection of rootsy Americana tunes and acoustic ballads that evoke everyone from James Taylor to the Everly Brothers, with the band’s guitar skills and interlocking vocals on full display.
“I close the loop; I’m tying up loose ends,” goes the breezy chorus on the EP’s first track, “Close the Loop,” a loping song about turning over a new leaf. It’s an appropriate mission statement for an EP that was 30 years in the making.
“To me, Eudora is a tribute to anyone who ever had the desire to crawl out of their comfort zone and do something meaningful across life’s landscape,” Farley says, adding that the band plans to donate all proceeds to autism research. “It’s proof that you can always go back, that memories can share time and space with experiences that become new memories.”
In the liner notes to the EP, which hits stores on April 2, Kenna adds one final bit of advice: “Pick up the phone and call an old friend. You will be glad you did.”
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