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Tiger Balm

by Pickering Pick

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Like a River 03:13
On a Limb 03:45
In the End 03:22


In the winter of 2011 I read a nice review by Sandy Smith of my album The Boy in the Back on the Canadian folk music website Slowcoustic. I wrote to Sandy and we started talking about the idea of releasing a Pickering Pick album on his Yer Bird Records label. I loved the idea, I liked a lot of artists on Yer Bird, and I had lots of songs ready to record. In the spring I sent Sandy a collection of ten songs which ultimately became Tiger Balm.

This album was a turning point in a lot of ways; I was moving away from being completely independent, releasing what I wanted, whenever I wanted. But I liked the idea of putting out a record on an established label and working within the boundaries of the industry, whatever that means. I also liked the songs I had, and I felt they were strong enough to be floated in a bigger ocean.

Sandy and Judy at Yer Bird were wonderful people to work with, and I miss being a part of the YB family. When Yer Bird Records dissolved a few years ago, Sandy was a gentleman and a friend and he handed back control of all my songs graciously and without condition. It was a pleasure and a delight to be involved with the label and to be a part of something honest and grass-roots and pro-folk music. I feel like my association with the label made me a better songwriter and a more precise critic of my own work, and I am grateful for that.

These ten songs are a journey into my dreams. This is my most subconscious record so far - an exploration of my fears and my desires, and my past and my future.

This re-release - June 21, 2021 - comes exactly ten years on from the day the album was first released. I hope you enjoy this Ten Year Anniversary remaster of Tiger Balm. Thank you all for your continuing support and good energy. I am so grateful for all the messages and words of support and love you keep sending me. Enjoy the music!



released June 21, 2011

All songs written and performed by Pickering Pick
Produced by Sam Pickering Pick in California, winter and spring 2011.
Mastered by David Pickering Pick @ FFG, UK.
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