Album Design- Rick Berlin w/ The Nickel & Dime Band
Design and concept collaboration for the Album; Always On Insane.
Photography by Adam Wells with collage materials sourced by pouring through scrapbooks of Rick Berlin's prolific career.
About Rick and the Band: “Rick Berlin is a giant on the Boston music scene. His colorful songwriting and strong stage presence have influenced countless other artists since the early 1970s, when
his innovative band Orchestra Luna was on Epic Records and harnessed a potent blend of theater and music years before the Tubes. Throughout the decades and the shifting fortunes of the business Rick has continued to make music with intelligence and integrity, building an international rep- utation around his knotty, singular piano playing, straight-from-the-heart singing and a style of character-based songwrit- ing that’s drawn favorable comparisons to the likes of Tom Waits and Leonard Co- hen - although Rick rocks more than both. His most recent band, the Shelley Winters Project, recently split after two terrific CDs, but Rick’s still busy creating. He recently (2004) completed a new solo album, Me & Van Gogh, at Hi-N-Dry Studio with Billy Conway (Morphine) producing. He fol- lowed this (2006) with Old Stag (2008) - solo piano plus string quartet (arranged by Brendan Cooney who writes string parts for Buried Beds and Dr. Dog). Then Paper Airplane (2010) produced by Rick and Dennis Brennan. Always On Insane (2012) is with a full, intense 8-piece band.”
-Ted Drozkowski, The Boston Phoenix