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I was so exhausted after yesterday’s sessions that I didn’t have the energy to write a recap. It’s incredible how tiring it is to make decisions and listen all day long. It was a very productive day, finishing the pedal steel and electric guitars with Tony and Chris.
Today we’ve moved on to vocals, checking my lead takes, of which there are a lot of keepers and then moving straight to the harmonies for that song. Tony, Chris and Greg have all been in the hot seat today. It’s starting to sound like a professional album!!!
Pizza from Pizza Delicious is on the way (actually, eaten now since I was writing earlier) and we’re hitting it hard today.
The producers, i.e. me and Dave, made a decision on Monday to bring in some muscle on the pedal steel. Steve Spitz worked really hard and did a great job last Sunday, but going was slow. When there’s not an outside producer, part of the process in the studio is smart decision making by the band.
Enter, Tony Martinez.
We met Tony in Phoenix, AZ through our friends in Hashknife Outfit, a band led by our buddy Jeremy Marcanti who puts us up (puts up with us?) when we play through the area. Tony helped us out of a player jam one time and then played with us again in Phoenix, cementing our insta-friendship.
Having recently moved to Nashville, he was down here less than 36 hours after we called him. He’s got a great attitude and is really a superb player, adding some beautiful sounds to the songs as he practiced in our living room this past week. We also played two gigs with him this week, at Banks Street Bar last night and Mimi’s on Wednesday. But that’s another story…
And Tamara Grayson has come in to take photos today and brought homemade carrot muffins. What a gift!
Studio day three is off to a great start with Steve Spitz laying down some sweet, sweet pedal steel guitar. The main room has been stripped of drums and baffles from yesterday’s wrap with Doug Belote and we’re going full steam ahead with “guitar day.” It’s just a man and his steel…
All 14 songs have great drum, bass and rhythm guitar tracks for Steve to play along to. I must say again what an easy and pleasurable session this has been with all thanks to the hard work of the great musicians playing with us.
The whole crew is here at the start of day #2. Conversations about amplifier impedance, string changing and other exciting topics are happening. We’ll pick up right where we left off last night, with Not the One For You, our answer to an old Hank Williams song.
A photographer friend, JonGunnar is coming today to document the process. And some friends might pop by later, too!
At the end of day one, 7 songs have bottoms recorded, meaning drums, bass and rhythm guitar that are “in the can” or mostly so. Anyone who has spent time in a recording studio will consider that almost at record speed, especially considering that after a 4 hour set up, we laid those down in just under 5 1/2 hours. I think a lot of the initial vocal tracks sound really good, too but we’ve still got 6 days left so there’s plenty time for all that.
It’s thrilling to be recording again and so far, it’s been almost TOO easy.
Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard today! Shout outs to the Esplanade Studio peeps, led by the marvelous engineer Misha Kachkachisvili and his wonderful interns, Casey, Chris and Jesse. And of course, our ace band of players, David Brouillette, Chris Adkins, Gregory Good and our guest drummer, Doug Belote who it was an absolute pleasure to work with today. Steve Spitz brought his pedal steel guitar in this evening for full speed ahead tomorrow. Brang the twang!
Onward and upward to Day 2! For now, another beer and a good night’s rest are what the honky tonk doctor ordered.
The wait is finally over. Today is the day we’ve been working so hard towards for the past few years. At 10am we met at Esplanade Studios and here we are, watching Misha and the interns, Casey and Chris work their magic.