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Meanwhile, back at the studio

May 24, 2010

After a couple of months of gigging like crazy, we are back in the studio.  MJ and Joey laid down lead vocals on Thursday for two songs (“Mountain Man”, and “Gold Paper Sides”) and MJ and I finished up the harmony vocals and the mando solos this weekend.  MJ is working his can off on this thing, engineering, mixing, recording, producing…That’s two in the can, finished…aside from the mastering process.  One of the things we find after gigging a bunch is that some songs we originally laid down in the studio are no longer exactly what we’d like them to be now that the they have a little road wear.  So next steps will be to tweak some stuff and possibly re-record some songs to reflect more accurately where we are with them currently.  Unlike a full time band, who writes material, rehearses, lays down an album, and THEN tour, we have to do it a little backwards.  We write, rehearse, then play them live to get the kinks worked out, and THEN record them.  The album will be special to us because it’s our own material, but if you’ve seen us live a few times in the last several months, chances are you have heard some of the “new” stuff that will be on the CD.   Life of a workin’ man band.

The release of “Bucket Full of Rain” in ’08 was a good exercise and it gave us an air of confidence and legitimacy to festival promoters and people who have never heard us before, and now we hope that the new album with all original material will take that to another level.   There are so many bands who are much better musicians than we are, but one of the things I love about this band is that we set goals, speak them into existence, and stick to them.  ’08-“cut a CD” – done (Bucket Full of Rain) .  ’08 “Play the mainstage at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival” – done (2nd place, new band competition @ TBF).  ’09 “Play a major east coast festival” – done (Asheville Brewgrass Festival).  ’10 “Cut a CD of all original material.”….We think we’ve got enough legitimate original material now that we hope to get a shot at some bigger festivals, and as one of the songs on the new album says “I wanna be on the radio”.

Now if we can just get this album finished!….  😉

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2 comments

  1. The title of this post made me think “Meanwhile, back at the Hall of Justice…” Keep it up, guys. Can’t wait to hear the new stuff!


  2. Precisely! All those hours of watching Super Friends is finally paying off!



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