A few years ago I had an idea. I watched a guitar player working with a tuba player in Hamilton, Ontario and really enjoyed it, and not long after watched another guy do a show with a drummer playing just a snare and hi-hat on a YouTube video. Hmmm, I said to myself, I think that’s just what I am looking for, and that was the birth of The New Panama Limited.

I actually found a tuba player, David Herrington, who was not only capable, he really enjoyed the sounds we made as much as I did. From there it was a natural move to incorporate my guitar player, David Gwynn, and convince my drummer, Quique Villafañe, to leave three quarters of his kit at home.

We did some gigging, made a couple of videos and I started a not very successful GoFundMe campaign to record a CD.

Some three years later, in the middle of a pandemic, we did it. I had envisioned a live recording with an audience, impossible in quarantine, so the engineer was the only audience.

The result, Nowhere To Go But Up, is now a reality, a live recording with minimal overdubbing, and I only hope you like it as much as we do.