01/01/08 News: Posies, recording, & more

Good news! I just got word that my version of "Flood of Sunshine" was accepted for "Beautiful Escape: The Songs of The Posies Revisited", coming from Burning Sky records later this year. This is one of my favorite bands and songs and I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to cover it.

In other news, I've been in the studio lately recording tracks for the first full-length CD. The date's just kinda lined up for this one. The only time I could get was December 27th and 28th, which happened to be very important dates to me. Dec 27 was the 29th anniversary of the death of Chris Bell from Big Star. He was one of my all-time idols and, to me at least, the heart of Big Star. I highly recommend his album "I Am The Cosmos", soon to be re-issued with extra tracks if the rumour is correct. Dec 28th is Alex Chilton's birthday from Big Star, so the spirit of the band never left my thoughts for long during the sessions.

I recorded at Memphis Independent Studios and highly recommend them for anybody looking for great equipment and production in a laid back atmosphere. Chris Swenson over there will hook you up right! Tell him I sent you.

On the 27th we laid down basic tracks for 17 songs in a whirlwind session. My brother and best friend came down to witness the event and lend moral support, which was much appreciated. On the 28th I did guitar and vocal overdubs and invited in Jobu Babin (One of my favorite Memphis artists) and local power pop legend Tommy Hoehn to contribute background vocals. Tommy even threw in some keyboards! They were really making some magic that night and I appreciate them immensely. I head back into the studio tomorrow and next week for more overdubbing, but it's really starting to come together finally.

Lately I've been sitting in with people and enjoying the spirit of collaboration. I'm usually not one to even try that stuff, but I'm loving the heck out of it. Jobu Babin, Dave Nicar, David Twombly, Davy Ray Bennett, and Rich Wagor are a few of what is becoming this great little community in Memphis. Check all of them out!

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