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.
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!
It's time to make our third album, An Army Without Music: Civil War Stories from Hallowed Ground.
Read more about the project, and help us reach our goal by donating on Kickstarter.com.
Gary is apparently a huge history (and Civil War) buff. When he heard the songs, he said "We have to do this!". We were blown away - Gary produces all of the Hem records, has worked with Elizabeth Cook and Fountains of Wayne, and did the music for Broadway's Tony Award-winning War Horse. He has invited us to his Brooklyn studio in November to make an album.
We are launching a Kickstarter campaign this week to help with costs associated with the new album. Stay tuned!
The video for song number two for our "An Army Without Music" album is now live.
This is "Copenhill", recorded at Morelli's Ice Cream in the Edgewood Retail District on Moreland Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia. This giant shopping center was the center of the Battle of Atlanta on a miserably hot July day in 1864. Today, there's not even a commemorative plaque to mark the spot. Instead, shoppers hurry in and out of Target and the Kroger grocery store, casually eat food at numerous restaurants and speed up and down the heavily-trafficed avenue. We wondered if those people know what happened 149 years ago.
Our Daytrotter session is live today! They describe our music as "somewhere between a harvest moon and a soft bed." We had a great time recording these tunes in just one take with our bandmates Jeremy Ezell on keys/guitar and Derek Murphy on drums at the Daytrotter studio in Rock Island, Illinois.
Head over to daytrotter.com to get the debut recordings of songs such as Goodnight House, Jackson Barracks and Oddfellows Cemetery as well as new arrangements of Never On A Sunday, Don't Come to Tennessee and Flying Mercury.
Here's a sneak peek from the upcoming video for "Never on A Sunday":
Thanks to Bart Herbison and everyone at the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) for inviting us to the historic Music Mill studio to talk about the stories behind our songs - and to play a few.
Another Associated Press article about our Civil War recording project is running in papers nationwide. The story talks about our recent videotaping at Morelli's Ice Cream in Atlanta, which sits on the site of the Battle of Atlanta. That video will be posted soon.
For more about the making of our new double-album "An Army Without Music" and the accompanying videos, check out the blog.