From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, Jan. 11, 2007:
TGOM's personal attachment to this...
Dezeray's Hammer (f.k.a. Albert Hill) has been--hands down--the tallglassofmilk's favorite formerly signed, then unsigned, then re-signed and unsigned again and still pluggin' away rock bands from Spartanburg, S.C. In fact, they are on my all-time favorite list, second only to Fleetwood Mac, and will remain there even though the group has officially called it quits and frontman / singer / songwriter / producer extraordinaire Aaron James Whisnant is moving to Nashville to pursue other career opportunities.
Albert Hill's Volume I was the first album project I was ever involved in. Recorded in Nashville at Reba McIntire's Starstruck Studios in 1996, it remains my favorite unreleased album ever. To this day, Aaron considers those days of first being signed to a major label a career highlight and I am proud to share in those fond memories.
Speaking of sharing, I never do miss an opportunity to share my love for the band with others and even gave the band's fellow Carolinian Dale Earnhardt Jr. a copy of half of their catalog when he was out this way in 2004.
I do believe the most memorable moment the band has of TGOM is from backstage after a show at Brownie's in NYC when I gave the band's former bass player, Chris Francisco, the shoes off my feet - a pair of black Doc Martens. That night when I got home--late and barefooted--I took a little heat from the band's A&R (and my then boyfriend and giver of said Docs) who was sick and missed the show, but I digress.
Anyone who knows me has heard me say that "talent's a m*ther f*cker" when it comes to attraction. And it's certainly no serect that TGOM is a sucker for creative talent. But it is a wonder that all these years have passed without the exposure of my affinity for Aaron James, on whom I have harbored a secret crush--since 1996. Oops. Did I just think that out loud? I really must stop doing this...