A couple more great musicians from Portland’s happening music scene, Matt and Erica have just started working on a collection of duo recordings featuring their plaintive, evocative vocals, Erica’s wonderful old-timey, country and celtic fiddle, Matt’s rich and nimble guitar, bouzouki and banjo. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Matt when I’ve subbed with High Range, and am a huge fan of Erica’s deep, instinctive understanding of country fiddle. Sweet vocals, too!
I’ve known these guys since the days when I was still living in Nashville. On my frequent visits to NH, I always scurried up to Lebanon NH to join them in one of the best Irish sessions in New England. Based in Portland ME, they’ve evolved into THE hottest young Irish Trad band in New England, and I’m honored that they’ve been recording their second CD with me at MPM Studio. Junior Stevens is unparalleled on button accordion and concertina, Owen is so good on guitar, zouk, tenor banjo and tenor guitar it kind of makes me mad, and Alden Robinson is emerging as one of New England’s finest traditional fiddlers. A pleasure, gang! (Their website)
Meg is a highly accomplished singer-songwriter who has fairly recently moved to New Hampshire from Vermont, where she recorded four CDs, received with multiple accolades. Check out her website, where you can listen to some of the wonderful music we’ve been making lately at MPM Studio. It’s been lots of fun for me building her tracks by layering acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin and bass along with York ME’s king of quiet, subtle drums, Robbie Kneeland. It’s a folk-y, gentle, soulful country-ish style distinctly her own, and I’m very much looking forward to more of her music.
An ambitious, sparkling new 14-song CD from Boston’s Abbi White, tracked in Nashville with a stellar cast of acoustic A-teamers, including Aubrey Haynie, Jeff Taylor, Matt Combs, John Gardner, Byron House, Robert Bowlin and yours truly. We recorded basic tracks at CTM in Nashville this summer, then did final vocals, additional guitar overdubs, editing and mixing here at Mill Pond Music.
A few sound clips included below reveal Abbi (who is just 18) to be a wonderful singer whose songs capture feelings and experiences of young love with a mature, poignant perspective. Listen!