Yesterday, we spent 10 hours in the studio at Stone House. What a day! While it was exhausting, it was also an incredibly fun day. It took about 3 hours to mic up Jared's drum kit and the rest of the day was spent laying down scratch tracks and final drum tracks. It was a lot of pressure on Jared, but he answered the call by delivering some amazing takes. Song after song, he came through. I really can't say enough about it. He shined. We head back there on February 11 to continue what we started. I think it will be a long two weeks. I for one, can't wait.
With just a week to go until we have our first studio session, we are all getting anxious. There is a mix of nervousness and excitement that we all feel right now. We continue to make good progress every week. Practices are intense and I don't think we have ever worked harder. We will get together for one more practice (next Thursday) before we head off to Stone House to put this nervous energy to work.
After much deliberation, several visits, numerous interviews, and countless hours of discussion we made a decision on our studio for our Amercian Folklore album. We will be heading to Stone House Recording Studios in Grand Rapids on January 28th! We all went in, took a tour, and sat down with Peter Fox, the sound engineer last Thursday. Peter is a very talented sound engineer, has a similar view on music, and is very in tune with what we are looking for for our album. The studio is located in an old house built in the mid 1800's, which is now converted into a state of the art recording mecca. After the visit and discussion with Peter, our decision was very easy. We can't wait to get started!!
We have successfully reached on goal for our kickstarter! We are humbled by the generosity of everyone who donated. We are really looking forward to playing a few backyard parties, learning a new cover tune, and writing up a few "custom" songs. The kickstarter success gives us the opportunity to focus in on the music and record this album with a professional sound engineer as it should be recorded.
Now that the holidays are past, the next few weeks will be really preparing us for our recording sessions. Jon and I took a few hours last week to dig deeper into some song arrangements and play around with some extra percussion, backing vocals, and extra instruments. It's exciting to hear some of the songs "fleshed" out a bit.