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!

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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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