The Trick Is To Breathe is the first solo album in a decade from Sid Griffin (The Long Ryders, The Coal Porters). After recording in the UK for most of the past two decades it Sid decided to do everything differently from his last solo album."Billy Bragg told me his last album was recorded by Joe Henry in just a few days out in Pasadena, California and I remembered Dylan did Nashville Skyline in only a few days. So I contacted some Nashville cats I knew, they recommended Thomm Jutz as a producer, he and I hit it off, Thom picked most of the players and by the time I flew to Tennessee these folks knew my songs better than I did.
Hence we started on Monday and were done by Thursday!"Sid plays mandolin on two tracks, guitar on about six more, but the core of the band was Mark Fain from Ricky Skagg's Kentucky Thunder outfit on bass, the great virtuoso Sierra Hull on mandolin, Paul Griffiths on drums, Thomm Jutz on guitar, Justin Moses on banjo, fiddle and dobro, and gospel legend James T. Brown on backing vocals.‘The Trick Is To Breathe’ announces Sid Griffin is back on the world stage as a solo artist, globe-trotting troubadour and singer-songwriter.