Tipitina’s: Steve Hatley photographs

I’ve already posted a lot of pictures from our momentous show at the world famous Tipitina’s but a batch came in from photographer, Steve Hatley that merit a share!

The musicians on stage: Izzy Zaidman (electric guitar), David Brouillette (upright bass), Greg Good (acoustic guitar), Michael Sollars (drums) and ME, Vanessa Niemann on the lead vocals.

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New Orleans: Gal Holiday

 

Andrew Evans blogs as Where’s Andrew? and is the Digital Nomad for National Geographic Traveler. He came to New Orleans, where we did a short interview which he combined with some live footage of us at Tipitina’s.  See my recommendations for where to eat and hear live music in the Crescent City!

Click the link. Go on. do it. New Orleans: Gal Holiday.

 

Tipitina’s and more

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A handsome office assistant, the Fais Do Do, Tipitina’s and more! Brought to you by the magic of the “picture phone”… Click on photo #1 of Handsome Stan to scroll through the photos, read more in the descriptions and comment … Continue reading

My favorite JazzFest photos

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It’s been a while since I posted here but no time like the present to remedy that situation. Here, for your viewing pleasure is a gallery of my favorite photos from our experience at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & … Continue reading

Recording day #5

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.

Okay, off to the vocal booth!

Recording day #4

Take 2, pedal steel guitar.

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.

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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!

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Recording day #3

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.

Onward and upward!

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