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  • Revisiting lost recordings

    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!

    www.granvilleautomatic.com/downloads

  • 30A Songwriters Festival

    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.

  • Grancer Harrison video

    Video number three is now live!

    This is "Grancer Harrison", recorded at the Harrison Cemetery in Coffee County, Alabama.

    Grancer had a large farm near Kinston, Alabama before and during the Civil War. In the years leading up to the war, he would throw large parties every Saturday night. A Scot-Irish immigrant, he would play old fiddle tunes and dance the night away in his clogging shoes. The war hit his family hard - he reportedly lost four, or five, sons and one grandson in 1864. When he died, he asked to be buried with his fiddle, in his dancing shoes, and in his feather bed. His wishes were carried out, and his large bed-shaped tomb remains today. It has unfortunately been blown up numerous times over the past 100 years as people search for the gold reportedly buried with him. Grancer is known to haunt the gravesite, and has thus become one of the famous "13 Ghosts of Alabama."

    A special thank you to Mark and Paige Schnell, Andy and Ann Sumblin, Lynn NeSmith and the many numerous Harrison descendents, including Robert and Lujeaner,  for making this recording possible.

    We have three more recording sites left: Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. These recordings will be a part of our next album, "An Army Without Music." We're making a double disc - one side, live recordings - the other side, studio versions of the same songs produced by Gary Maurer (of the band Hem) in Brooklyn. More information on this project.

  • "An Army Without Music" Recording Begins in NYC

    The basic tracks for An Army Without Music are done! We had an amazing time in Brooklyn tracking at Mission Sound Recording and Saltlands Studio with producer Gary Maurer. Gary, Matt Keating, Mark Brotter and George Rush were brilliant to work with. We are so happy with the results. We mixed a little Ashes and Fire-style Ryan Adams, a little Norah Jones, a hint of Amos Lee and some good old-fashioned real country music together...

    We'll be working on overdubs and vocals in early 2014, with an anticipated release date this spring.

    Elizabeth tracking "Chantilly Grace" at Saltlands.

    Vanessa and producer Gary Maurer of Hem.

    On the way to Mission Sound Recording.

     

  • Kickstarter Success!

    It's official, we far exceeded our Kickstarter goal, with more than $6500 in contributions. Thank you, thank you, and thank you again. 

    Our first studio session is this month at Saltlands Studio and Mission Sound Recording in Brooklyn with producer Gary Maurer (Hem). And then we'll be finishing up "An Army Without Music" recording in January. The release date is tentatively March 2014. We'll be posting song updates and clips from the studio as we go.

    Stay tuned for battlesite videos from Alabama ("Grancer Harrison") and Louisiana ("Rose of Sharon"). And we've got our work cut out for us to record live at battle sites in Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia this winter/spring. 

    A big thank you to all of our supporters!