Hopeful and Hopeless was born out of a desire to capture the tunes Reb had been writing whilst on the road with The Eastern – Sam Prebble had been touring The Explorers Club and Dylan Storey had become a dad – so with their full album (Little Arrows) on the back burner they set to work to record a fine selection of Reb’s latest tunes. Rohan Evans suggested they perform this collection and record it at his venue, and their second home, The Wine Cellar.
It was the last time Reb would share the stage with Sam. Hopeful and Hopeless features Reb Fountain (vocals, acoustic guitar), Dave Khan (accordion, acoustic guitar), Sam Prebble (violin, banjo), Dylan Storey (electric guitar) Brendan Turner (bass), and Cole Goodley (drums). It was engineered and mixed by Rohan Evans and mastered by Simon Gooding.