Newsletter, January 2005

Mike Banta -- No Words

Thanks to all for your patience on the release delay of "no words", especially those of you who have pre-ordered. We now have this new all-instrumental cd ready for immediate shipment!

If you've seen me in concert in the last few years, or got the preview CD "there are no words", you've heard some of the songs on this album. This CD has everything from solo acoustic fingerstyle guitar, such as my rendition of Don Francisco's "there are no words", to "kaboom", an all-out electric guitar romp. Many of your favorites that I've been performing are here, including full arrangements of "the yearning" and "through the glass".

I had three great musicians join me on the CD, including Colorado premier bassist Michael Olson, veteran Kurzweil national demonstrator CJ Lewis on keyboards, and the talented up and coming Shawn Hansson on drums. Joining me on mixing duties was CCM artist and Vineyard Music producer Greg Russell. Special thanks to Don DeBay for lending us a world class studio to mix in! And finally, two time Grammy winner David Glasser mastered the CD. Acclaimed artist Jeff Koehn aided in photo editing and art design.

I'm pleased to announce that "no words" is being released on Colorado's premier independent acoustic music label, Avant-Acoustic. Many thanks to Morris and Danny at Hapiskratch for making this happen!