And like most things that happen it was a bit convoluted at its source. The first idea was to make our own version of the second side of abbey road merged with the red headed stranger by willie nelson. but this album would tell a single, direct narrative about a man going west a little over a century ago.
We knocked all of the bed tracks out in 2 days and a week after Erik Santos had left on sabbatical for 3 months, we painfully realized that all of the tracks were screwed up with digital noise due to a RAM failure in the recording machine. The idea of redoing what we just did was deflating at best.
But then there was another idea.
Lets get it over with. Lets record the whole thing live. Really live. Without rehearsal and with additional musicians that had never played together and in most cases, had never met. So we lined up a group of very trusting musicians, sent our charts and demos, introduced ourselves and pressed record.
The liveness of the album fits the story. And in every aspect of the recording, arranging, mixing and mastering the story has been in mind. It’s a story of hope, violence and lost love.
And you can listen to it.
released May 5, 2015
Bass - Erik Santos
Mandolin - Jason Dennie
Piano - Jesse Morgan
Drums - Ben Lorenz
Fiddle - Jordan Adema
Vocals, Guitar - Jason Magee
Female Vocals - Kristin von Bernthal
Group Vocals - Everyone