Since The Michael Farmer Collection by Kentucky Prophet won’t get a physical release, here is my attempt at liner notes.
To the best of my knowledge:
1.Kentucky Prophet Theme Song 2. Holland 3. Somehooow 4. Valet Parking At The Player’s Ball
Produced by Ian Gaffney/Colin Smith.
Written by Farmer/Gaffney/C. Smith. Recorded 2002-2003, North Hollywood, Cal. Released as part of the Kentucky Prophet Brain Rap EP, 2005.
Programmed and instrumentation by Gaffney/Smith.
Colin and Ian gave me the nickname “Kentucky Prophet”. It’s better if someone gives you a nickname than if you give yourself one. If you google “Kentucky Prophet”, you’ll likely come up with a bunch of stuff about the late somnambulist Edgar Cayce.
5. Orcs & Goblins 6. Poor Confetti 7. Physical 8. I’m Here If You Need Me
Produced by Taylor Smith/Michael Farmer.
Recorded 2002-2003, Sherman Oaks, Cal. Previously Unreleased.
“Orcs & Goblins” written by Farmer. “Physical” is a cover of the Olivia Newton-John song, written by Terry Shaddick and Steve Kipner. “I’m Here If You Need Me” and “Poor Confetti” written by Farmer/T. Smith.
“Orcs & Goblins” keyboards Farmer, other instrumentation unsure. Other songs instrumentation by Taylor Smith, vocals by Michael Farmer.
Taylor invited me to move to L.A. in 2001. None of the music in this collection gets recorded if not for that life-changing moment. We had a two-man band and these four songs represent that. I lived there for a year-and-a-half.
9. Intro 10. I Sell Drugs To Celebrities 11. Yes Men 12. Drink To Kill The Pain 13. It’s A Wonderful Life 14. Good Time Girl
Produced by Colin Smith/Ian Gaffney.
Recorded 2007, Brooklyn, NY.
Released as part of the Kentucky Prophet album Beyond The Fringe.
All songs written by Farmer/Gaffney/C. Smith.
Instrumentation and programming by C. Smith and Gaffney except for accordion on “Drink To Kill The Pain” by Meryl Young. Girl singer on “It’s A Wonderful Life” unknown (sorry).
Colin and Ian lived in the same apartment complex as me and Taylor. I would go over to their place and bother them. By 2007, they had moved back to the east coast and I joined them for a week to make an album. I spent a week in Brooklyn and I never left the apartment because I was focused on recording.
15. The Concept Of You 16. We All Got Blues 17. Die Alone
Produced by Russell Brooks. Recorded 2010/2011., Bowling Green, KY.
Released as part of the Mike Farmer album Dolphin.
All songs written by Michael Farmer.
Guitar by Shelby Smith. Drums by Nick Clark. Keyboards/vocals by Michael Farmer. Bass/guitar/programming by Russell Brooks.
I retired the name “Kentucky Prophet” and decided to try my way as a singer-songwriter while simultaneously fronting the band Technology Vs. Horse (they’re also on Spotify). “The Concept Of You” was inspired by a Harry Belafonte documentary. We built the songs up around my piano playing but I didn’t release it for years.
18. The Past 19. Mountain Music 20. Learning To Live Without You
Recorded by Patrick Richardson.
Recorded 2013, Greenville, Ky.
Released as part of the Mike Farmer album Greenville 2013.
All songs written by Michael Farmer.
Piano/vocals by Michael Farmer.
I also didn’t release this for years after I recorded it. I recorded it in a church because someone advised me to record my piano songs in a good room with a good sound.
21. Jesus Without Mary
Produced by Russell Brooks.
Recorded 2018/2019, Bowling Green, Ky.
Released as a stand-alone single.
Written by Michael Farmer.
Piano/vocals by Michael Farmer. String arrangement by Russell Brooks.
This is the first song I recorded after my band TVH broke up in 2017. I released it on bandcamp like I did the Dolphin and Greenville albums. I did a basic track and left it to Russell to fill it.