Doug Martsch Biography
I had been playing slide on Built to Spill records, but it was more George Harrison style, not open tuning. I tried to emulate Fred McDowell's style. I used finger picks, a glass slide and an open tuning (G with my own slight variations). Also, I employed his techniques of playing the melodies with the slide while singing the same notes. I messed around with this technique making up simple songs for about a year. Then I started jamming with some friends and decided to record the songs.
I purchased some gear for my little home studio and in the fall of '99 recorded Now You Know. The song "Heart (Things Never Shared)" was recorded a few months later. It's the only song in standard tuning, but I feel it fits nicely on the album. I wanted to put the record out on a small label, but business stuff made that impossible. I'm glad Warner Bros. decided to release the record. Now I mostly listen to reggae...