We look forward to playing at this year's Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival in Nashville with Jen Foster, Matt King and Jace Everett.
We are proud to announce that the new album is complete! We finished vocals and overdubs in Brooklyn this week. The blizzard didn't stop us.
There are nine tracks - featuring guest appearances by members of the band Hem, James Abrams of the Abrams Brothers, Jeremy Ezell of The Well Reds, and pedal steel master Bob Hoffnar. The record was produced by Gary Maurer of Hem, who counts many Union veterans in his Ohio family tree.
Mixing begins in February. A release date for "An Army Without Music: Civil War Stories from Hallowed Ground" will be announced soon.
"Don't Come to Tennessee" is getting some spins in The Netherlands! Thanks Marthijn and Ted Kamp for the radio play on the Hats Off / Roots Paradise show.
Thanks to Ted Russell Kamp and Unkovr.com for the feature:
"The songwriting team of Vanessa Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins is a powerful one. Their music is rooted in the deep traditions of the American South and they write about history in a way that is both personal and timeless."
Pick up the June 1 issue of American Airlines' in-flight magazine American Way for a feature story on our upcoming new album! Read the article here.
Austin, Texas...come hang with us:
Thursday March 13, 2014
NotSXSW at Giddy Ups - Full Band
Saturday March 15, 2014
NotSXSW at Giddy Ups
Saturday March 15, 2014
SXSW Hearo.fm showcase at 219 West
We spent the weekend in Brooklyn working on An Army Without Music: CIvil War Stories from Hallowed Ground at Saltlands Studio with producer Gary Maurer (Hem).
The tracks sound beautiful. Gary has added mandolin (a 1917 Gibson we both drooled over). There's now banjo by Jason Mercer and fiddle from James Abrams of The Abrams Brothers. James' fiddle on Mollie Glass made us cry. Texas legend Bob Hoffnar will be adding pedal steel soon.
Looks like the album will have eight tracks: Mollie Glass, Rose of Sharon, Chantilly Grace, Lanterns at Horseshoe Ridge, Grancer Harrison, Goodnight House, Glorieta and Salem Church.
We hope for a summer release. Stay tuned!
In 2010, we recorded a handful of tracks in Nashville that were meant to be our first album, but were never completed. However, we've recently revisited a few of them, and thanks to Derek Murphy we've mixed up a few for free downloads as The Nashville Tapes.
Today we're releasing one of the very first songs we wrote together, "House of Bourbon Part I", written from the perspective of a young Marie Antoinette.
The song features legendary pedal steel player Al Perkins, and Vanessa's live scratch vocals.
Download your free mp3 now - you can grab "Ghost of Traveller" from the same sessions while you're at it!
Catch us this weekend at the 30A Songwriters Festival:
Friday January 17 Crush Wine Bar (Seaside) 8:00 p.m.
Saturday January 18 Rosemary Beach Town Hall 7:00 p.m.