|Ever Sense the Dawn|
|Studio album by Providence|
Ever Sense the Dawn was the only major label release by the Boise-based 70's classically-influenced rock band Providence. The album was produced by Tony Clarke, the same producer for most of the albums recorded by The Moody Blues. The album contains entirely original self-penned songs by the group including two short string-trio pieces; a skillful exploration of mixing string ensemble arrangements with layers of harmony vocals in a rock format. The end result is one of the finest examples of 70's classical-influenced rock. The album was released on The Moody Blues' own Threshold Records label and was the only release on the label to originate from an American band.
The album features a string trio of viola, violin and cello, recorder, harpsichord, piano and other keyboards, along with zither, autoharp, electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass, hand drums and cymbals.
Group members included Bart Bishop (vocals, autoharp, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Bob Barritua (vocals, bass, rhythm guitar), Andy Guzie (vocals, electric guitar, twelve string guitar), Tom Tompkins (vocals, viola, flute), Tim Tompkins (vocals, cello, recorder, percussion), Jim Cockey (violin, percussion).
In 1975, members of Providence appeared on the album "Blue Jays" by Moody Blues members Justin Hayward and John Lodge. In 1977, Tim and Tom Tomkins appeared on the Justin Hayward album "Songwriter".