This time we decided to go for a hybrid approach to the all live in one room thing we did on Sarah’s last album. You can see a video I shot on my phone as the band was learning one of the songs here. If you’d like to hear even more, check out this version of Calling My Name that Jed Wells shot when we were out for lunch during the sessions.
The main difference was putting Mr Pat Campbell off in his own room, so he could be free to open things up a bit. I must say it was so great to get to hear Pat let loose again.
I went with my own version of the Glyn Johns 3 mic method. U67 up top, AEA R84 looking over the floor tom to the snare drum.
along for the ride this time were:
Sarah Sample - vocals, guitar, ukulele
Ryan Tanner - guitar, keyboards, vocals
Dustin Christensen - piano, vocals
Paul Jacobsen - acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, percussion, vocals
Pat Campbell - drums, percussion
Ryan Tilby - upright bass, electric bass guitar, ukulele bass, banjo, broom
Brian Hardy - keyboards, bells, bass drum, pump organ
Dylan Schorer - pedal steel, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, lap steel, mando guitar
George Brunt - electric bass guitar
Scott Wiley - electric guitar, electric bass guitar, knobs, buttons
Peter Breinholt - snaps
Andy Allen - snaps
and special guest Mai Bloomfield from Raining Jane - cello, guitar, vocals
Everything on this record was done completely live, and there was very very little comping or editing at all. this included at times 5 part vocals, 7 or 8 instruments, etc etc.
We recorded the entire album in 3 days - July 12th-14th. all in all, thanks to Sarah’s excellent songs, and the amazing players who gave their all, this is one amazing album.