Bear Tracks

Introducing Bear Tracks – The story and journey of Old Bear

Here is an introduction from our Old Bear Records author Rich Kirkpatrick…

“Every tribe has a story. The tale of Old Bear Records, Old Bear Studios, and all the people who wear the badge of Old Bear must be told. My name is Rich Kirkpatrick, an author and musician who met members of Old Bear a few years ago in Northern California. My wife and I had dinner with Chris, Anthony, and Jeremy as well as some other new friends. I thought, if I could ever hangout again with these guys, my world would improve. Over the years it did. I have heard their story over refreshing beverages and good grub–a sacramental table, indeed. This new blog format hopes to go a little deeper than news or music. What is ringing in the soul of the Old Bear? What stories are yet to be uncovered? We hope Bear Tracks leads us together on a journey of creation, art, and hope. Welcome to our table. Hangout with us!”

  • All Saved Freak Band – Debuts of Old Bear Records Reissues on LP - With the release of All Saved Freak Band’s reissue of Brain Washed on vinyl LP, a new arm of Old Bear Records was launched. This new endeavor brings to life under-discovered vintage gems from music past as well as more current music that has yet to see a release on vinyl. Old Bear is now […]
  • Jeremy Thompson: The Old Bear Sound Maker - Jeremy Thompson has been with the Old Bear crew since the beginning. He is known as the Old Bear sound maker, taking the creative and artistic vision and making it into the sounds that end up on Old Bear recordings. What goes on inside the recording studio environment is often a mystery to the many […]
  • The Mystical, Artful Flow of Ed Chilungu on Piano - by Rich Kirkpatrick As you listen to Ed Chilungu play piano, it is a perfect word to call his style a “flow.” There is no showing off of his precise technique, merely a journey he gently takes us on. With backgrounds in jazz and classical, Ed brings to Old Bear Records something that on the surface […]
  • The Upstream Sound Comes to Life at Old Bear Records - by Rich Kirkpatrick Have you ever experienced a moment in life where you felt really alive? When I think of bears and the word “upstream” I immediately picture a grizzly bear snatching a salmon with his massive claws as it jumps upstream, arching into the air. We are taught that to swim upstream puts us […]
  • Weston Skaggs’ “Out of the Wreckage” - The surprising moments when joy and sorrow meet by Rich Kirkpatrick All it takes is a second for your world to change. In an instant, oxygen escapes your lungs. A pervasive heaviness slows down time, robbing your legs the strength to stand. Life-changing news sucker punches us–whether it’s winning the lottery or losing your home to […]